This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
In the science of climate change we have some facts. Even some models of what will happen. Just to keep this simple for a non-specialist teenager.
In RCP 8.5 we don’t beat climate change. In RCP 2.6 we do beat climate change. In RCP 2.6 we have more – much more – economic growth than in 8.5.
Economic growth is not a problem in beating climate change, it’s the cause of doing so.