‘We need people who think outside the box and who aren’t like everyone else,’ the 16-year-old Swedish teenager said
Greta Thunberg is facing attacks over her Asperger’s, but companies are keen to hire people on the autism spectrum.
16, delivered a withering speech on climate change before the United
Nations General Assembly on Monday, shaming world leaders for failing to
take action. “How dare you,” she said. “You have stolen my dreams and
my childhood with your empty words.”
The teen, who has spoken
openly about her Asperger’s diagnosis, faced some mockery and personal
attacks in response to her speech. One Fox News guest called her “a
mentally ill Swedish child,” prompting the network to apologize to Thunberg and denounce the remark as “disgraceful.”
In a recent interview with “CBS This Morning,” Thunberg said that bluntly speaking truth to power and shaming “those who need shaming” had helped drive home her climate-change message. Another asset, she said, was her neurological diagnosis. “I have Asperger’s, I’m on the autism spectrum, so I don’t really care about social codes that way,” she said.
She spoke to the perks of neurodiversity, or the idea that neurological differences are human variations rather than diseases to be cured. “That makes you different; that makes you think differently,” Thunberg said. “Especially in such a big crisis like this one, we need to think outside the box, we need to think outside our current system, we need people who think outside the box and who aren’t like everyone else.”
A damning new report from the United Nations says that the world’s oceans are undergoing drastic, accelerated change. And the risks associated with these changes to the climate are getting ever greater, threatening hundreds of millions of people and the global economy itself.
report, issued by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC), highlights the changes that are happening as a
result of increased emissions from greenhouse gases, including: sea
levels rising by three feet by 2100; significantly fewer fish in the
oceans; stronger hurricanes; and regular flooding in coastal cities such
as New York.
“Global warming has already reached 1 [degrees
Celsius] above the pre-industrial level, due to past and current
greenhouse gas emissions,” a press release issued in conjunction with
the report said. “There
is overwhelming evidence that this is resulting in profound
consequences for ecosystems and people. The ocean is warmer, more acidic
and less productive. Melting glaciers and ice sheets are causing sea
level rise, and coastal extreme events are becoming more severe.”
PLASTIC POLLUTION IN WORLDS’ OCEANS COULD HAVE $2.5 TRILLION IMPACT, STUDY SAYS
report, which was worked on by more than 100 scientists from 36
countries around the world, was approved by the 195 IPCC member
governments. Hoesung Lee, chair of the IPCC, said that all parts of the
globe, from the highest mountains to the deepest parts of the ocean, are
being affected in a faster manner.
“The open sea, the Arctic, the
Antarctic and the high mountains may seem far away to many people,” Lee
said in the press release. “But we depend on them and are influenced by
them directly and indirectly in many ways – for weather and climate,
for food and water, for energy, trade, transport, recreation and
tourism, for health and wellbeing, for culture and identity.”
hundred seventy million people live in high mountain regions, 680
million people are in low-lying coastal zones, 4 million live
“permanently” in the Arctic region and 65 million people live on small
island developing states, according to the report.
“The oceans and
the icy parts of the world are in big trouble and that means we’re all
in big trouble too,” one of the report’s lead authors, Michael
Oppenheimer, professor of geosciences and international affairs at
Princeton University, told the Associated Press. “The changes are
The press release notes that “without major
investments in adaptation,” rising flood risks are likely, some of which
could cause “some island nations” to become uninhabitable “due to
climate-related ocean and cryosphere change.”
NEW YORK CITY COULD SEE ‘ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME’ FLOODS EVERY YEAR 5 YEARS
The changes, which previous reports have said could shrink “virtually all” economies around the globe by 2100, will affect people, plants, food, societies, infrastructure, in addition to the global economy.
The oceans absorb more than 90
percent of the excess heat from carbon pollution in the air, as well as
much of the carbon dioxide itself. The seas warm more slowly than the
air but trap the heat longer with bigger side effects — and the report
links these waters with Earth’s snow and ice, called the cryosphere,
because their futures are interconnected.
“The world’s oceans and
cryosphere have been taking the heat for climate change for decades. The
consequences for nature and humanity are sweeping and severe,” said Ko
Barrett, vice chair of the IPCC and a deputy assistant administrator for
research at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
in the release.
The IPCC report adds to a previous report from the U.N. that some coastal cities and those in the Arctic region will have to adopt. The previous report, published on June 25 from the United Nations Human Rights Council, warned that a potential “climate apartheid” could fracture the global population, splitting the planet between the wealthy and the rest of the world who will be “left to suffer.”
CLIMATE CHANGE WILL SHRINK ‘VIRTUALLY ALL’ ECONOMIES AROUND THE GLOBE BY 2100, STUDY WARNS
report also notes that some of the changes to the Earth’s climate from
human-induced events can no longer be stopped, such as some rise in sea
levels. The report found that seas are now rising at 3.66 millimeters
per year, up from a previous estimate of 3 millimeters.
world’s oceans have already lost 1 percent to 3 percent of the oxygen
in their upper levels since 1970. As warming continues, the oceans will
lose more oxygen.
From 2006 to 2015, the ice melting from
Greenland, Antarctica and the world’s mountain glaciers has accelerated
and is now losing 720 billion tons (653 billion metric tons) of ice a
Arctic June snow cover has shrunk more than half since 1967, down nearly 1 million square miles (2.5 million square kilometers).
sea ice in September, the annual minimum, is down almost 13 percent per
decade since 1979. This year’s low, reported Monday, tied for the
second-lowest on record. If carbon pollution continues unabated, by the
end of the century there will be a 10 percent to 35 percent chance each
year that sea ice will disappear in the Arctic in September.
animals are likely to decrease 15 percent, and catches by fisheries, in
general, are expected to decline 21 percent to 24 percent by the end of
the century because of climate change.
MELTING PERMAFROST IN ARCTIC WILL HAVE $70 TRILLION IMPACT, NEW STUDY SAYS
report is conservative in some of its projections, including the levels
of ice lost in Greenland and Antarctica, NASA oceanographer Josh
Willis, who was not part of the study, told the AP.
done revising our sea level rise projections and we won’t be for a
while,” Willis said, adding that a rise in sea levels of twice the IPCC
projections is possible.
Despite the bleak nature of the report
and it stating that some changes to the Earth’s climate can longer be
stopped, all hope is not lost. It calls on governments around the world
to act and take swift action in an effort to mitigate some of the
“If we reduce emissions sharply, consequences
for people and their livelihoods will still be challenging, but
potentially more manageable for those who are most vulnerable,” Lee said
in the release. “We increase our ability to build resilience and there
will be more benefits for sustainable development.”
“Cutting greenhouse gas emissions will limit impacts on ocean ecosystems that provide us with food, support our health and shape our cultures,” Hans-Otto Pörtner, co-chair of IPCC Working Group II, concurred. “Reducing other pressures such as pollution will further help marine life deal with changes in their environment while enabling a more resilient ocean.”
“The plan for our planet is remarkably simple: Reduce our impact by making sure that everything we do, we can do forever.“
— Sir David Attenborough
Below is one of a series of “How to save” climate change videos. It is featured on a website called “The Kid Should See This”. TKSST posts videos from many sources that are not particularly intended for kids, but that many parents will see … and say that phrase. Enjoy.