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"We Are Facing a Global Emergency": Greta Thunberg Arrives Back in Europe to Attend Climate Talks

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GRETA THUNBERG: Continue to travel around and to put pressure on people in power and to make sure that they prioritize this highest. And then eventually, we will be going to COP25 in Madrid, and we will continue the fight there to make sure that within those walls, the voices of the people are being heard and that the voices of the future generations are being heard and that the voices from the people, especially from the Global South, are being heard.

AUDIENCE: [cheers and applause]

GRETA THUNBERG: I don't have much to say, just that we are facing a global emergency and we need to see it from a holistic point of view and we need to do everything we can, we need to work together to make sure that we secure future living conditions for humankind and that we fight for not only ourselves, but for our children and for our grandchildren and for every single living being on earth. And everyone has to do everything they can in order to make sure they are on the right side of history because in order to change everything, we need everyone. I hope every one of you will get active and start fighting for your future as well.

AUDIENCE: [cheers and applause]

GRETA THUNBERG: And once again, thank you to these people, to Riley, Lenny, Elayna, and Nikki for doing this. This trip has been great. Actually, I think we needed some relaxing time, all of us, especially me -- some time to sort of think everything through and to relax. And now I feel good. I feel like I want to continue now. I feel energized.

AUDIENCE: [cheers and applause]

AMY GOODMAN: That is Greta Thunberg speaking from Lisbon, Portugal, where she has just made landfall after a three-week catamaran journey with her dad and another family aboard La Vagabonde. This is live television and we are broadcasting from Stockholm, Sweden, where Greta began her climate strike. We are on television, we're on radio, we're on the internet at, and I welcome you and your friends and family to join us on this journey as we are here in Stockholm, Sweden, where Greta began her climate strike more than a year ago. She will be winning the Right Livelihood Award tomorrow here in Stockholm. But instead of her being here, others -- her sister and fellow students will be receiving the award. We want to thank Ell Jarl, who is a school striker, part of Fridays for Future Sweden, who will be receiving that award here in Sweden while Greta makes her way to Madrid for the U.N. Climate Summit.

When we come back, today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We will speak with the Ethiopian disability rights lawyer Yetnebersh Nigussie who received the Right Livelihood Award in 2017. She has been blind since the age of five. Stay with us.

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