Billie Eilish and other celebrities back climate change activist Greta Thunberg
24 September 2019, 17:23
Stars like Billie Eilish, Chris Hemsworth, Kerry Washington Janelle Monáe, Mark Ruffalo and others have spoken in support of Greta Thunberg and the climate action movement.
Greta Thunberg is inspiring millions across the world as she continues to warn politicians and those in power about the consequences of climate inaction. Weekend climate strikes in major cities highlighted the 16-year-old environmental activist's influence, as people took to the streets to urge crucial action in the race to address the climate crisis ahead.
At the U.N. Climate Action Summit, Greta had stern words for world leaders ignoring the issue: "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 fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!"
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Greta's movement has serious momentum behind it and now many celebrities have joined in on the call to action, backing Greta and her campaign to educate and inspire change. Stars like Billie Eilish, Chris Hemsworth, Kerry Washington and others have spoken in support of Greta.
Billie Eilish tweeted that "our time is running out" and urged her followers to speak up on climate change.
A note from Billie: “TICK TOCK! our time is running out. the climate crisis is very real. we need to speak up and demand that our leaders take action. #climatestrike #fridaysforfuture @greenpeace @gretathunberg” pic.twitter.com/2rbc6Pdr2p— billie eilish (@billieeilish) September 20, 2019
Chris Hemsworth took his kids to a climate strike over the weekend.
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What do we want? Climate Action! The kids have spoken! Well done to all the young climate strikers for taking part in #climatestrike drawing immediate attention to the climate change emergency!! Taking to the streets and demanding an end to the age of fossil fuels!! Coming out in droves like Children Of The Corn with far better intentions. Telling our political leaders that if they’re gonna speak for them they need to listen to them! The climate crisis is upon us. Children understand the basic science that if we continue to pollute the planet climate change will worsen and they won’t have a future. None of us will. The planet will die and if you do the math pretty sure that means ....um yep we’ll also be disposed of unceremoniously too🤔So yeah definitely immediate, urgent and necessary wouldn’t you say ..? Get moving “leaders” Step 1 - move away from the burning of fossil fuels, no more new oil, gas, coal projects (that’s you Adani Mine) Step 2 - move toward 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030 Step 3- fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel workers and communities as this transition occurs
Lots of celebrities like Kerry Washington, Janelle Monáe and Olly Alexander, praised Greta specifically.
It’s only going to get worse if we don’t act. I’m so in awe of young activists like @GretaTunberg who are challenging us to confront the realities of the climate crisis by taking a stand. I stand with you. @amnestyusa https://t.co/iPZKdy7mbk #ClimateStrike #StrikeWithUs https://t.co/evIItZD4qO— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 20, 2019
The coolest . TY . 🙏🏾 https://t.co/bXc7bWrbUx— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) September 21, 2019
💜greta💙— olly ✨ (@alexander_olly) September 24, 2019
Imagine Captain America calling you an "impressive person".
What an impressive person. https://t.co/qzvWzT0vmn— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 14, 2019
And The Hulk calling you "brave".
He doesn’t have the courage to stop and address this brave young woman. https://t.co/SdR3hWzwD8— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 23, 2019
Of course, plenty of craven and selfish adults have criticised Greta for their own individual reasons. That, however, does not make the challenges of the climate crisis any less real.
"The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius], and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control," she said on Monday (23 September).
"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."