Listen to this. We all owe it to Greta, for her hard work, and to coming generations if you ask me. It was a rainy day in July when I was cooking some lunch and decided to listen to Gretas´summer talk on Swedish radio. She’s one tough committed young woman, and like so many others I’m deeply impressed by her commitment and devotion. “How dare you” will probably be quoted like “I have a dream”. But I’m also concerned about how she will be able carry this heavy weight on her shoulders. We can help her though, and ourselves, by listening to this and taking action on climate change. And I ask myself, with a gentle and warm voice – How dare I not spread her words, and not taking a stand for the future?
“Everywhere she goes, cameras click, people ask for autographs and selfies and tell her how wonderful she is. But what’s it really like to become the world’s most famous campaigner on climate change, when you’re still a teenager? The activist Greta Thunberg wrote a revelatory extended essay for Swedish Radio, which was featured on Sommar i P1, a legendary series which has been wildly popular in Sweden for over six decades. She describes her journey to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly, observing the effects of climate change first-hand, her encounters with both powerful and ordinary people and a terrifying trip in a yacht across the Atlantic. This Swedish Radio production is introduced by Justin Rowlatt, the BBC’s chief environment correspondent, and Greta’s essay is interspersed with excerpts of her favourite music.
Producer: Mattias Österlund
Sound engineer/technician Lisa Abrahamsson”