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Greta Thunberg Speech at COP24

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  • This video shows Greta Thunberg's full speech at the COP24 conference in 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
  • In her powerful speech, Greta Thunberg discusses climate justice and the collective responsibility of world leaders to "focus on equity."
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  • This speech by Greta Thunberg highlights the impact that each of us can make to combat global climate change.
  • Greta Thunberg speaks about the importance of treating global climate change like a crisis and preserving the planet for future generations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • While not necessary, it may be helpful to provide students with some background information about Greta Thunberg and how she became known globally for her environmental campaign.


  • Social studies classes learning about public speaking can use this video to analyze Greta Thunberg's techniques while delivering her speech.
  • Pair this speech with this video about how Greta became involved in climate activism and this world leaders speech activity.
Scientist Notes
This resource is the 3-minute speech that Greta Thunberg gave at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 24 in Poland in 2018. There is no science in this video to verify, but it is an important speech by an important climate activist. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.3.9-12 Present adaptations of arguments and explanations that feature evocative ideas and perspectives on issues and topics to reach a range of audiences and venues outside the classroom using print and oral technologies (e.g., posters, essays, letters, debates, speeches, reports, and maps) and digital technologies (e.g., Internet, social media, and digital documentary).
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
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