Greta Thunberg Gets (Even More) Radical: 'There Is No Going Back to Normal'

Nineteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg is at it again, scolding world leaders, predicting imminent doom for the planet and mankind, and shaming people who use too much energy. This time, however, she’s taking a more radical tone, calling for fundamental change in the way humans lead our lives.


On Sunday, while promoting her new tome, “The Climate Book,” a collection of essays by over 100 climate experts at the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, she said:

My name is Greta Thunberg, I’m a climate activist from Sweden and I want to use my platform to share the truth about the climate crisis, to tell the full story.

…I created the Climate Book. With over 100 contributors, it aims to tell the full story of the crisis we face. And I started it about two years ago when we were in the beginning of the pandemic, our societies were undergoing massive changes with the purpose of keeping people safe.

At that time, many people were already talking about going [makes quotation marks with her fingers] “back to normal.” But we are never going back to normal again.

Oh great. I kind of liked the way things were before the pandemic, but maybe that’s just me. She continued:

Because “normal” was already a crisis. What we refer to as normal is an extreme system built on the exploitation of people and planets. 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.

Wait, I thought this was a speech about climate change, not a massive condemnation of the entire history of mankind and capitalism.

She also says the quiet part out loud about the world’s COVID response: it wasn’t about safety at all, it was about creating a New World Order:


During the Covid-19 pandemic, governments around the world launched unprecedented financial rescue packages. These recovery plans were described as huge opportunities to set humanity on a brand-new course for a more sustainable economic paradigm. They were called “our last change to avert a climate disaster,” as the enormous size of the investments would make it impossible for us to undo the consequences in the future.

This is terrifying stuff. She’s saying the pandemic relief funds had nothing to do with the virus at all, they were thinly-disguised Green New Deal policies. Note that if you had said that in 2021, you would have been roundly criticized as a conspiracy theorist and censored on every platform possible.

Although she did not snarl as she famously has in the past, the whole thing sounded more like a religious sermon than a scientific discussion. The talk was heavily populated by evil corporatists, cynical world leaders, and angelic climate activists who know better. Economic growth is a bad thing, she asserted.

We have created a society that is not just ruining our own lives, but also throwing everyone else, especially the most affected people and areas, under the bus and dooms future generations to unimaginable amounts of suffering.

To quote the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], we need rapid, far-reaching unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.


I’m not going to personally criticize a 19-year-old, but I am going to criticize what she said—because what she says is extremely radical and frankly unrealistic. People are going to die this winter in Europe, and it’s because of an energy crisis brought on by the war in Ukraine and Europe’s own war on fossil fuels.

Thunberg can rail against energy use all she wants, but the fact is we need it to live. She doesn’t have a replacement yet—”green energy” is nowhere near being able to supply the world’s needs—and while she thinks we just need to stop using fossil fuels, she has no alternative to those who might want to heat their homes this winter.

She loses even more credibility when she seems to endorse radical, destructive protests by nutty climate activists. From the Unherd:


Asked to comment on recent protest actions by Just Stop Oil activists which saw them throw soup at Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at London’s National Gallery, Thunberg said, “People are trying to find new methods because we realize that what we have been doing up until now has not done the trick. It’s only reasonable to expect these kinds of different actions.”

Her speech and the question-and-answer session go on for over an hour and a half, and the fawning interviewer and the adoring crowd seemed to eat it up. The problem with Greta Thunberg, however, is that she spends a lot of time complaining, shaming, and blaming, but offers little in the way of actual solutions. Her speech is more of a Marxist harangue than anything else.

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