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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.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.9-10.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, identifying any false reasoning or distorted evidence.
      • SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.13.a: Construct an argument on the effectiveness of environmental movements, their influence on public attitudes, and the efficacy of the government’s environmental protection agencies and laws.
    • World History: Global Studies - Economics, Innovation, and Technology
      • 6.2.12.EconGE.6.a: Evaluate efforts of governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations to address economic imbalances, social inequalities, climate change, health and/or illiteracy.
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