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Greta Thunberg: “To save the planet, the world must get rid of capitalism” |  Abroad

Greta Thunberg: “To save the planet, the world must get rid of capitalism” | Abroad

We know Greta Thunberg as one of the most influential activists of recent years. While presenting her new book, the Swede stated that the current climate crisis can only be resolved by adopting an explicit left-wing political agenda, which should do away with capitalism.

The 19-year-old activist called for a system-wide transformation. The present system has been defined by colonialism, imperialism, oppression and genocide by the so-called North of the world to enrich itself. This is still the current world order.”

According to Thunberg, this system caused the climate crisis. We will never go back to normal because the so-called “normal” was already a crisis. What we usually call an extreme system built on the exploitation of humans and the planet.

Thunberg had traveled to London on Sunday for the release of her new book, The Climate Book. So the speech at the Royal Festival Hall was confrontational, fierce and unmistakable: “We must change everything, because our current system is on a collision course with the future of humanity and the future of our civilization.”

Climate book by Greta Thunberg © rv

The nearly 500-page book—plus short works by Thunberg—contains more than a hundred contributions by climate experts and pundits, including writer Naomi Klein, economist Thomas Piketty and WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

She expressed views that seemed more radical than her previous speeches, adding that the climate crisis “is rooted in oppressive racist extractivism that exploits both people and planet to maximize short-term gains for the few.”

“Fascist movements that offer false easy solutions and scapegoats for complex problems are growing and normalizing,” Thunberg told BBC journalist Samira Ahmed during the interview.


Young people around the world are stepping up to show that our leaders have messed with the wrong generation.

Greta Thunberg

And Thunberg believes that it is mainly young people who should lead this transformation: “We are still here and have no intention of going anywhere. Young people are coming forward all over the world and showing that our leaders have messed with the wrong generation.”

Watch Thunberg’s full speech here:

I will not attend the climate summit

Thunberg told us too Not traveling to attend the COP27 climate summit in Egypt. At this year’s conference, to be held from November 6-18 in Sharm El-Sheikh, (some) world leaders will gather to discuss the pressing climate crisis.

However, according to Swedish, the summit is being misused by politicians to pretend it is greener than it really is (the so-called “greenwashing”) and there is very little scope for civil society participation. In addition, she denounced the poor human rights situation in the country. Climate activists who want to express themselves Can rely on a strict approach of the authorities.

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COP27 street sign in Egypt.

COP27 street sign in Egypt. © Reuters

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