Greta Thunberg Tells Glastonbury “We Can Do The Impossible”

Greta Thunberg, the 19-year-old activist took to the stage at Glastonbury to make a powerful speech about climate change.

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Stepping onto the Pyramid stage, Greta Thunberg took the opportunity of a captivated crowd and national television coverage to address the issue of climate change. The speech was a firm warning of the catastrophic consequences that would unfold if we continued our current trajectory of destruction.

Although a serious reminder of what was to come if nothing changed, Thunberg remained hopeful and encouraging, reminding the crowd that they held the ability to make a difference.

“It is taking action. It is stepping outside your comfort zone. And if a bunch of school kids were able to get millions of people on the streets and start changing their lives, just imagine what we could all do together if we try.” (The Guardian)

At just 19, the climate activist had the crowd hanging onto her every word, as she informed them “this crisis will continue to get worse until we manage to hold the constant destruction of our life-supporting systems, until we prioritise people and planet over profit and greed”.

Never one to shy away from the truth, Thunberg also shared her distaste for the government’s clear inability to follow the rules that it sets. Especially when it comes to the responsibility of resolving climate change.

“Today our political leaders are allowed to say one thing and do the exact opposite. They can claim to be climate leaders, while at the same time expand their nation’s fossil fuel infrastructure.”

It seemed a timely statement, as the government had already faced great backlash over the last few months from the Partygate scandal and other continuous demonstrations of ignorance towards the country’s depleting state.

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Despite being a surprise appearance, it was certainly one that was appreciated. Festival-goers cheered in agreement throughout Thunberg’s speech, as her words resonated deeply with those amongst her. Emily Eavis, co-organiser of Glastonbury, even described the young woman as “the most inspiring speaker of this generation”. To which we cannot disagree.

Greta Thunberg has been an ongoing force of nature in the fight to save our planet and her speech at Glastonbury was only a reminder of this.

The heartfelt and passionate speech was candid with its wording, but the overall message was clear, “together we can do the impossible”.

Glastonbury has made multiple efforts over the years to try and be less environmentally damaging. In 2019, the festival banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles onsite, along with installing a new anaerobic digester to convert greenhouse gases from farm waste into clean, carbon-neutral energy.

Although a long way still to go, using the reach that Glastonbury festival has, to spread the word on climate change is already a huge step in the right direction. As Thunberg made clear “You and I have been given the historic responsibility to set things right”. Greta Thunberg has dedicated her life to taking on this gigantic responsibility and her efforts will certainly go down in history, along with her appearance at Glastonbury.