Teen Climate Activist Greta Thunberg: Shame "Those Who Need Shaming," Get "Out Of Your Comfort Zone"


At 16, climate activist Greta Thunberg has been called the greatest threat to the world's fossil fuel industry. The teenager first made headlines last year with her solitary strike against climate change outside Sweden's parliament – since then, she's inspired millions of supporters to rally in more than 150 countries. Thunberg joins "CBS This Morning" for her first live U.S. television interview.

Thunberg will be speaking at the UN's Climate Action Summit in New York later this month to tell world leaders they must "step out of their comfort zone."

"By 'panic,' I don't mean literally panic," she said. "But they step out of their comfort zone because the planet is outside its comfort zone and we also need to be outside of our comfort zone to prevent the worst consequences from happening. What I want people to do now is to become aware of the crisis that is here."

"I tell the world leaders when I speak to them, and I tell them how it is, how I, the science, and how it looks like," she added.

She said she wants to shame "those who need shaming."

"It's what I have been doing for quite a while now, and it actually has a lot of impact when you speak truth to power, when you don't bother to be polite because this is such a serious crisis, and you cannot -- we cannot -- focus on what we can or cannot say. Now we must speak clearly about what is happening," she continued.

"I just know what is right and I want to do what is right. I want to make sure I have done anything, everything in my power to stop this crisis from happening, to prevent it."

"I have Asperger's, I'm on the autism spectrum, so I don't really care about social codes," she added. "It makes you think differently. Especially in a big crisis like this one, we need to think outside the box, we need to think outside our current system, we need people who think outside the box and who aren't like everyone else."

"I think that once you fully understand the climate and ecological emergencies, then you know what you can do as well," she stated. "And, of course, there's a lot of things you can do in your everyday life, but we cannot be focusing on these individual things you can do. We have to see the full picture."

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