Greta Thunberg Says It’s Time To Overthrow The West’s ‘Oppressive’ Obsession With Capitalism

Greta Thunberg has always been an outspoken advocate for the environment and for the disenfranchised in the world, and she’s not going to stop anytime soon. Her newest call to action is just as passionate, as the 19-year-old fears we’re heading to a place of no return. Greta Thunberg thinks we need a “system-wide transformation,” and overthrowing capitalism is the best place to start.

  1. There is no “normal” and we’re never going to return to it. “We are never going back to normal again because ‘normal’ was already a crisis,” she said. “What we refer to as normal is an extreme system built on the exploitation of people and the planet. It is a system defined by colonialism, imperialism, oppression and genocide by the so-called global North to accumulate wealth that still shapes our current world order.”
  2. World leaders care too much about profit and not at all about people. Greta Thunberg believes that this obsession with capitalism is what got us in the mess we’re currently in. “What we are experiencing now should be exactly what we should be expecting,” she said during a speech at London’s Royal Festival Hall to launch “The Climate Book,” per The Telegraph.
  3. Thunberg has called on other young activists to come forward to change the world. She said during her speech that there are millions of people like her around the world ready to fight for what’s right. “We are still here, and we are not planning on going anywhere,” she said. “Young people all over the world are stepping up, showing that our leaders messed with the wrong generation.”
  4. She recently called out COP27 as a “colossal scam.” While many world leaders claim they’re making strides towards combatting climate change, Thunberg believes the much-publicized COP27, the UN’s climate conference, is al for show. “I’m not going to COP27 for many reasons, but the space for civil society this year is extremely limited,” she said. “The COPs are mainly used as an opportunity for leaders and people in power to get attention, using many different kinds of greenwashing.” You have to admit, she makes a whole lot of sense.

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