During the Right to a Future event hosted by Naomi Klein, where young and indigenous leaders were invited to speak at a symposium on climate change, the 16 year old activist Greta Thunberg challenged the idea that the costs of taking on radical reforms listed in the Green New Deal would be too prohibitive.
“If we can save the banks,” said Thunberg, “we can save the world.”
“If there is something we are not lacking in this world, it’s money,” she added. “Of course, many people do lack money, but governments and these people in power, they do not lack money. And also we need to have the polluters… actually pay for the damage they have caused. So, to that argument, I would not even respond to that argument, because it has been said so many times, the money is there. What we lack now is political will and social will to do it.”
Sponsored by The Intercept, where Klein is a senior correspondent, the Right to a Future event showcases leaders from the populations most likely to immediately effected by climate change and by the young leaders of tomorrow who will have to live in the world the older generation damaged.
According to The Intercept:
Together with youth leaders Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Xiye Bastida, and Vic Barrett, as well as Indigenous Amazon leader Tuntiak Katan, Thunberg and Klein will help us envision a just and sustainable future, confront our climate emergency, and discuss the emerging cross-generational, transnational movement — including people of all races, classes, and backgrounds — that is our best hope for a sustainable planet.
Both a celebration of youth activism and a reflection on how to break through the political and economic barriers preventing meaningful climate action, “The Right to a Future” will bring together a singular group of environmental leaders who are on the forefront of the battle to secure a thriving future for many generations to come.
Thunberg, who made the trip to the United States by boat in order to limit her carbon footprint, is set to do a series of talks in both the United States and at a climate change summit in Chile. She arrived ahead of the worldwide global protest on September 20th, which grew from a movement she helped start. Millions are expected to attend the protests, which coincide with a UN summit on the 23rd.