Luisa Neubauer: Why you should be a climate activist
Luisa Neubauer is a climate activist, author and leader of the "Fridays For Future" school strike movement. Full bio
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a climate activist.
as a climate activist,
the greenhouse effect.
90 minutes on this issue,
a single geography lesson.
so when I graduated from high school,
with this whole climate change thing.
I looked at the data,
wasn't really in a good state.
into this self-made disaster
I understood what difference it makes
in the atmosphere, for instance,
a pretty bad track.
just consider the last 60 years
how terrifying this really is.
of the crisis we're seeing.
but let me tell you so much:
on the planet is humanity itself.
that you will survive this.
I first learned about all this,
came together in Paris
global warming to below two degrees.
was made that day.
work out about this.
leaders and politicians,
like there is literally no tomorrow,
again and again,
good developments, of course --
energy all over the globe, yes --
are slow -- too slow, in fact.
been higher than today.
the science on the one side,
not seeing the action, on the other side.
Climate Conference myself,
to bring people together
and wanted to find out
what this is about.
this might be no surprise,
and political leaders
to prevent real change from happening.
that are ambitious enough
benefit from this climate crisis, right?
they look at the next election,
the inconvenient questions.
to change the game.
where either companies or political powers
and the sadness about this conference,
that everything else seemed hopeless
right there at the conference.
at this conference hall,
of the suit-wearing conference crowd
in a very long time.
that I felt it was maybe time
was going to fix this for us,
that this could make a difference,
not to give it a go.
the same idea at the same time,
this "Fridays For Future" thing a go.
what we were getting into.
many of us, including me,
or any kind of protest before.
what climate striking really is.
everyone we could reach,
climate strike via WhatsApp.
I was so nervous I couldn't sleep.
but I expected the worst.
we weren't the only ones
in a political environment
how to include young people's perspective
are going to get this sorted,
and the planet and everything else,
striking for the climate
after that Paris Agreement was signed,
to keep global warming
to hold other disastrous developments
extinction and soil degradation --
our economies by 2050
fuel giants and political leaders
than the greatest transformation
to put it that way,
further year to lose.
of that change to happen,
strikers to sort this out.
we are going to keep going,
no one ever expected us, yes.
one million things sorted.
complex thing, after all.
can get started with.
I would tell you now to cycle more
or to go secondhand shopping,
to keep yourselves limited to that.
we are all political beings,
that many people call climate activists.
to get everything else done,
can get started with,
about everything that can happen after.
our understanding of a climate activist,
can be the answer to this.
that's read every single study
handing out leaflets about vegetarianism
of those who intend to grow old
protection of natural environments
and the wrecking of the planet
every single part of our social,
everywhere on every corner,
and state and continent.
that zone of convenience,
that has no tomorrow.
either a friend or a family member,
a student, a teacher
with a responsibility
to grow up to.
the Paris Agreement?
that you care about this,
in every election?
or write a newspaper? Great.
to report on this in every issue,
decision makers in every single interview.
If you're a teacher, teach about this.
tell your bank you're going to leave
you should all know what to do.
works best when you join forces.
asking for inconvenient change
for people to justify
that you either have or don't have.
or leave to others,
we school strikers,
one single school striker --
striking school are a movement,
important aspect of all of this --
yourselves more seriously.
of organizing climate action,
institutions of this world
they're profiting from most,
in further relying on them.
burden on everyone's shoulders, yes.
We can be part of that answer.
let's rock and roll,
with climate activists.
taking ourselves more seriously.
great adventure to look forward to
when the next climate conference
who come together,
ready to create real change.
teach about the climate crisis
they had nothing to lose
Spread the word.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERLuisa Neubauer - Climate activist
Luisa Neubauer is a climate activist, author and leader of the "Fridays For Future" school strike movement.
Why you should listen
In 2018, Luisa Neubauer co-initiated the "Fridays for Future" school strike movement Germany, which was inspired by the Swedish teen Greta Thunberg. In fear of growing up in a world of rising global temperatures, Neubauer is organzing mass action to urge global governments to comply to the 2015 Paris Agreements.
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