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Greta Thunberg Speech at COP25

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  • This video shows Greta Thunberg's full speech at the COP25 conference in 2019 in Madrid, Spain. 
  • In her informative speech, Greta focuses on scientific facts to convey the urgency of addressing climate change. She discusses information from the IPCC about the carbon budget and climate equity. 
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  • This speech by Greta Thunberg highlights the importance of leadership when combatting global climate change.
  • Greta argues that the richest, most developed countries must take responsibility for their actions. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have some knowledge about the IPCC and carbon budgets. 


  • Social studies classes learning about globalization can use this video to discuss climate equity and justice. 
  • Social studies or science classes can pair this video with a discussion about carbon offsets and what it means when an organization or country pledges to be net zero. 
  • Pair this resource with this report about carbon offsets in the aviation industry, or this video that examines who is responsible for climate change. 
Scientist Notes
This speech supports the IPCC's report on the need to get to a net zero future. To avoid catastrophic weather and natural calamities, we must restrict CO2 emissions and keep temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Also, at 5:48, there is an error: "climate neutral" instead of "carbon neutral." Above all, this video is suggested for classroom use.
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