Billie Eilish, Matty Healy, Janelle Monáe & More Artists Rally Behind Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg
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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends an interview with the Associated Press before the Climate Strike on Sept. 20, 2019 at City Hall in New York. 

If you've seen the footage of 16 year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's speech at the United Nations' climate summit this week, then you know what passion and intense dedication to a cause looks like. The teenager who started a global youth movement to shame the world's leaders into finally taking concrete action to combat the dire climate crisis inspired millions of her peers to take to the streets all over the world last week for coordinated protests.

And while climate change denier in chief Pres. Trump used the opportunity to seemingly mock Thunberg on Twitter this week -- and Fox News pundits and right wing commenters compared her efforts to Nazi propaganda and the horror film Children of the Corn -- plenty of others took to social media to share how inspired they were by the high schooler.

Many celebrities, including Joe Jonas, Camila Cabello and Ellie Goulding, reposted the footage of Thunberg telling the U.N. gathering: "I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."

Among the other artists who've praised Thunberg's singular focus on the issue that they agree is the most pressing of our time are Billie EilishJanelle Monáe, Leonardo DiCaprio and The 1975's Matty Healy. The latter referred to Thunberg as "the most punk person" he's ever met and his band got together with the activist recently on a spoken word essay about the effects of climate change for the opening track on their upcoming Notes On a Conditional Form album.

Monáe called her "the coolest," while Eilish wrote simply "TICK TOCK!" and Cabello said "everybody needs to hear this."

Check out how they're amplifying Thunberg's message below.


What do we want? Climate Action! The kids have spoken! Well done to all the young climate strikers for taking part in #climatestrike drawing immediate attention to the climate change emergency!! Taking to the streets and demanding an end to the age of fossil fuels!! Coming out in droves like Children Of The Corn with far better intentions. Telling our political leaders that if they’re gonna speak for them they need to listen to them! The climate crisis is upon us. Children understand the basic science that if we continue to pollute the planet climate change will worsen and they won’t have a future. None of us will. The planet will die and if you do the math pretty sure that means yep we’ll also be disposed of unceremoniously too--So yeah definitely immediate, urgent and necessary wouldn’t you say ..? Get moving “leaders” Step 1 - move away from the burning of fossil fuels, no more new oil, gas, coal projects (that’s you Adani Mine) Step 2 - move toward 100% renewable energy generation and exports by 2030 Step 3- fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil fuel workers and communities as this transition occurs

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