Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg made an emotional speech to world leaders at the UN climate change summit in New York. She didn’t appear too pleased when US President Donald Trump made an unexpected appearance. Learn about this news story and study its vocabulary in this free English class.

The story
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg says: “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Key words and phrases
fairy tales
stories people have invented which disguise the truth

• The idea that there can be zero unemployment is just a fairy tale.
• It’s a fairy tale to think humans could live on Mars.

death stare
look of hatred aimed at a person

• She gave her boss a death stare then announced she was quitting.
• Rob gave Neil a death stare after he took the last biscuit.

how dare you
used to express anger at someone’s actions

• You borrowed my clothes without asking! How dare you!
• How dare they put the price of flights up during school holidays!

Language challenge
Which word means ‘criticise someone strongly in public’?

a) renounce
b) denounce
c) announce

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33 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg’s UN speech – News Review

  1. Why is the Amazon rainforest important when it comes to climate change? We explain the science and bring you the English vocabulary to discuss it.

  2. Ignorant privileged brats condemning the petroleum industry .
    Travelling the world to spread their message .
    Travelling by ? ( sail boat ? horse back ? horse cart ? mule team ? ox cart ? – dog sled ? – bicycle ? )
    Hold on here ! Is their travelling dependent on the petroleum industry ? So confusing !

  3. We Have to be ecologists in order to justify and legalize the fact that our religion is to produce more and more, consume more and more

  4. What the global warming is total hoax,global warming can bring more rain to the land,and make more @t, Russia,Canada,China,middle east all have more rain and have more food production and more forest.Warming is just planet running ,no one can stop it.

    But still need reduce carbon emission,most carbon emission is made by the developed countries,they should do more and give more emission rooms for the poor countries.They need food,jobs and industry

  5. It's a fairy tale to consider that humans could live under the sea.

    My mum gave me a death stare when I did something bad to her cats.

    How dare they to put the price of train tickets up during Eid ul-Fitr holidays!

  6. Greta Thunberg, along with Hillary and her daughter  should wash their bottoms with water as we do in Asia, rather than to use toilet paper; that would save a lot of trees.  There is a limit to hypocrisy

  7. OJJJJJJ MY GOD MY JESUS , all the world ,are talking about GRETA , all the ledears talk about GRETA , all the school, universitet talk about GRETA , movies, news, books about GRETA . She become so famous in the world during only one year ,only one year and who did it,nobody .you  sit and write comments about her because  you care of her am i right ?  I have never seen in my life somebody as GRETA ( a child ) to change all the world and i see here ,in the news,in videos, books, schools,universites,in the park,  works  she must be very very especiel person  because we care of her otherwise we dont write here .so it is truth

  8. It's a great service provided by BBC . Love you all for your tremendous efforts towards teaching the language.

    Lot's of love from India.

  9. So the controllers know the truth and are using this young teen as a sacrificial lamb so to speak for another scam against the people of the world. Earth changes happen and no amount of anything we do can and will stop it. Face the facts of the bones we find of earths past. Humans are not immune too extinction events. Humans are inventing tools too kill eachother everyday and now suddenly care about future generations. What a load of _ _ _ _… Shame on those who create fear too control and engineer society into hollow shells of depression.

  10. Does u people not thinking she was giving dialogue yah also with emotions 🤣…. Gyzz make a laugh from one side on her expressions😅

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