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Greta Thunberg speaks at Glastonbury 2022: “This is not the new norm”

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg appeared this afternoon (June 25) at the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage to talk about the urgency of climate change.

Taking the stage ahead of Haim’s performance on the main stage, festival organizer Emily Eavis introduced Thunberg as “the most inspiring speaker of this generation”. With paper notes in hand, he spoke for about ten minutes on a series of sustainability issues, criticizing the government ‘s “greening”.

“Not only is the biosphere changing, it’s destabilizing, breaking down … unfortunately this is not the ‘new normal’. It will only get worse until we stop the continued destruction of our life support systems, until that we will prioritize people and the planets over profit and greed. ”

With a huge applause, he emphasized the importance of community: “If a group of school children could take millions of people to the streets to change their lives, imagine what we could do together if we really tried . “

Finally, Thunberg embraced the spirit of her first Glastonbury, leading her own rock star singing: “When I say the weather, you say justice!”

Prior to its performance, huge screens urged Glastonbury attendees to reuse, reduce and recycle, as well as display publicity images from Greenpeace, Oxfam and CND, the main sponsors of the event.

Thunberg’s speech reaffirms themes from her 2019 collaboration with The 1975, and her forthcoming book, The Climate Book, which will feature 100 interviews with trusted scientists, communications and activists from around the world. It is due to be published by Allen Lane on October 27th.

Come back to NME here for the latest Glastonbury 2022 news, reviews, interviews, photos and more.

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