Greta is 17 now.

She celebrated her Birthday which was on Jan. 3, 2020. She is 17. Small for her age, probably due to not eating for months at a time when younger, due to her feelings about climate change not being addressed effectively. She called for the German company Siemens to be pressured to back off of a coal production plan in Australia.

a poem by pattismith

This is
Greta Thunberg, turning
seventeen today, asking
for no accolade, no gifts,
save we not be neutral.
The Earth knows its kind,
just as all deities, just as
animals and the healing
spring. Happy birthday
to Greta, who stood today,
as every Friday, refusing
to be neutral.

Not necessarily short due to that. I was and am short (4’11"). My bio-father was 5’ 3" and my mother, who’s shrunk due to age, was 4’ 11", now she’s 4’ 8". My mother’s sister was 4’ 11" and some change. Their mother (my grandmother, of course) was 4’ 10". My point is, she maybe short due to genetics and not necessarily due to not always eating. As a teen, I didn’t always eat (actually had anorexia), but it didn’t stunt my growth given I come from short stock genetically.

Here is the text of her “How Dare You? speech” (presented to the UN):

"My message is that we’ll be watching you.

This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!

“For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.

“You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.

“The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5°C, and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.
“Fifty percent may be acceptable to you. But those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution or the aspects of equity and climate justice. They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist.

“So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us — we who have to live with the consequences.
“To have a 67% chance of staying below a 1.5°C global temperature rise – the best odds given by the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] – the world had 420 gigatons of CO2 left to emit back on January 1st, 2018. Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons.

“How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just ‘business as usual’ and some technical solutions? With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone within less than 8 1/2 years.

“There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today, because these numbers are too uncomfortable. And you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.

“We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.

“Thank you.”

Now if only the people who need to hear this and think about it, had the ability to absorb what she’s saying.

But no, ridicule and slander is the best our Republican brethren can muster.

Secure in their tiny bubble of ultimate hubris.

Happy Birthday Greta, at 17 you are more adult than most of USA’s Republican representatives.

Yes, I agree. I wish people would hear her message and heard it long before beautiful non-human people died downunder. :’( No one should ever have to die that way, whether they walk on two legs or four. I fear we may be watching the first of many mass extinctions downunder and it’s only getting worse.

Mriana, 4’11" is short for an American of European stock. The Scots were pretty short as in wee Scots. When I was at University in Glassgow, we took a field trip and visited Campbell Castle. I saw Mary, Queen of Scot’s bed. It was really small. Do you have Scottish blood by any chance?


I think Greta is about your height. That seems tiny to me, but I really don’t know if it is from her not eating for months at a time when younger. Her parents look to be average height to me. Her sister is more than 2 yrs younger and seems to be about the same height as Greta now. So who knows?

More important than her size, is her message.

Here is the message that her face gave when she saw T rump in person:

I hear what she’s saying about the dotard. Sorry kid. Maybe after next U.S. presidential election we’ll have a real president who isn’t disgusting and stupid.

@Sree I’m part French-German from the Allais Lorain border and Native American on my bio-father’s side. Why he was short, I have no idea. From my mother I get Scottish, Irish (Scot-Irish), Welsh, English, and way back there Pix (few people have heard of that one). Basically all of the British Isles from me mum’s side, with the bad teeth and all.

Oh dear, she’s not pure breed, Sree turn away, turn away.

But seriously, Sree gotta wonder, you know anything about human history?

Here’s gloss,


I don’t know of anyone who is “purebred” in the U.S. or any where in the Americas. I don’t think anyone in Europe is pure anything. Countries in Africa are questionable, because other countries have been known to to occupy them (AKA apartheid). The same goes for India too, who have been occupied by the UK.

Here is a purebred:


“Golden Retrievers are unfortunately susceptible to getting cancer… Additionally, Golden Retrievers are prone to a variety of health problems that may be mitigated by heart, hip, thyroid, eye and elbow screenings performed by a veterinarian. These conditions include lymphoma, canine hip dysplasia (CHD), hemangiosarcoma, and diseases of the skin…”

Purebreds tend to have physiological problems.

ROFLMAO! Is that what’s wrong with the dotard’s minions?

Greta was speaking at Davos today. (A meeting of the world’s industrialists and economic high fliers.) Industries collectively rate Climate Change as (11th) not even in the top 10 concerns of businesses.

“The facts are clear, but they are still too uncomfortable for you to address,” she told business and political leaders in Davos just after Trump’s speech, also without directly mentioning the president. “You just leave it because you think it’s too depressing and people will give up, but people will not give up. You are the ones who are giving up.”

A full text of a Greta Davos speech from today:

"One year ago I came to Davos and told you that our house is on fire. I said I wanted you to panic. I’ve been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do. But don’t worry. It’s fine. Trust me, I’ve done this before and I can assure you it doesn’t lead to anything.

And, for the record, when we children tell you to panic we’re not telling you to go on like before. We’re not telling you to rely on technologies that don’t even exist today at scale and that science says perhaps never will.

We are not telling you to keep talking about reaching “net zero emissions” or “carbon neutrality” by cheating and fiddling around with numbers. We are not telling you to “offset your emissions” by just paying someone else to plant trees in places like Africa while at the same time forests like the Amazon are being slaughtered at an infinitely higher rate.

Planting trees is good, of course, but it’s nowhere near enough of what is needed and it cannot replace real mitigation and rewilding nature.

Let’s be clear. We don’t need a “low carbon economy.” We don’t need to “lower emissions.” Our emissions have to stop if we are to have a chance to stay below the 1.5-degree target. And, until we have the technologies that at scale can put our emissions to minus, then we must forget about net zero. We need real zero.

Because distant net zero emission targets will mean absolutely nothing if we just continue to ignore the carbon dioxide budget — that applies for today, not distant future dates. If high emissions continue like now even for a few years, that remaining budget will soon be completely used up.

The fact that the U.S.A. is leaving the Paris accord seems to outrage and worry everyone, and it should. But the fact that we’re all about to fail the commitments you signed up for in the Paris Agreement doesn’t seem to bother the people in power even the least.

Any plan or policy of yours that doesn’t include radical emission cuts at the source, starting today, is completely insufficient for meeting the 1.5-degree or well-below-2-degrees commitments of the Paris Agreement.
And again, this is not about right or left. We couldn’t care less about your party politics. From a sustainability perspective, the right, the left as well as the center have all failed. No political ideology or economic structure has been able to tackle the climate and environmental emergency and create a cohesive and sustainable world. Because that world, in case you haven’t noticed, is currently on fire.

You say children shouldn’t worry. You say: “Just leave this to us. We will fix this, we promise we won’t let you down. Don’t be so pessimistic.”
And then, nothing. Silence. Or something worse than silence. Empty words and promises which give the impression that sufficient action is being taken.

All the solutions are obviously not available within today’s societies. Nor do we have the time to wait for new technological solutions to become available to start drastically reducing our emissions. So, of course the transition isn’t going to be easy. It will be hard. And unless we start facing this now together, with all cards on the table, we won’t be able to solve this in time.

In the days running up to the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum, I joined a group of climate activists demanding that you, the world’s most powerful and influential business and political leaders, begin to take the action needed.

We demand at this year’s World Economic Forum, participants from all companies, banks, institutions and governments:

  • Immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction.
  • Immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies.
  • And immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.
  • We don’t want these things done by 2050, 2030 or even 2021. We want this done now.
  • It may seem like we’re asking for a lot. And you will of course say that we are naïve. But this is just the very minimum amount of effort that is needed to start the rapid sustainable transition.
So either you do this or you’re going to have to explain to your children why you are giving up on the 1.5-degree target. Giving up without even trying. Well I’m here to tell you that, unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight.

The facts are clear, but they’re still too uncomfortable for you to address. You just leave it because you think it’s too depressing and people will give up. But people will not give up. You are the ones who are giving up.

Last week I met with Polish coal miners who lost their jobs because their mine was closed. And even they had not given up. On the contrary, they seem to understand the fact that we need to change more than you do.

I wonder, what will you tell your children was the reason to fail and leave them facing a climate chaos that you knowingly brought upon them? That it seemed so bad for the economy that we decided to resign the idea of securing future living conditions without even trying?

Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fueling the flames by the hour. And we are telling you to act as if you loved your children above all else.
Thank you.


At a press briefing Thursday at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos, Mnuchin dismissed Thunberg’s suggestion that governments and companies need to cut back dramatically on their use of fossil fuels.
When asked how that would affect the U.S. economic model, Mnuchin was swift and condescending in his response.

“Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I’m confused,” he said. Then following a brief pause, he said it was “a joke.”
“After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us,” he concluded.


I suggest that the gritting toothed bastard, Mnuchin, stick his head back up his own ass, where it belongs. And here is another picture of Greta to counteract the grisly effect of seeing Mnuchin’s face.

It might improve the economy if industry and corporations went to wind, solar, and water power. I’m with Greta. We must cut back on fossil fuels… no, we must eliminate our use of fossil fuels, because the first mass extinctions may have happened in Australia already. Those fires were caused by Climate change which was caused by our use of fossil fuels and if we don’t eliminate our use of them, we will eventually be next.

I read an article the other day that said because of the fires in Aussie putting more CO2 in the atmosphere, we have 10 years to change things. I have my doubts that humans will do it and my grandson (as well as other children) may die by the time they are 13 because of it. Greta isn’t a radical. She’s a realist and she is learning that greedy governments, greedy corporations, and greedy industries don’t care about us. We’re just the Lorax shouting at the greedy Mr Oncelers, except there maybe no one to hear the Oncelers’ story when all is destroyed- not even seeds. UNLESS… someone, many someones start listening and do something now.

DAVOS, Switzerland — Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg hit back at Steven Mnuchin on Thursday, after the Treasury Secretary suggested she needed to study economics in college before lecturing the U.S. on fossil fuel investments.

“My gap year ends in August, but it doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up,” the 17-year-old said via Twitter.

“So either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments,” she added.