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Digital Earth Day 2020: A Conversation between Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström from the Nobel Museum

April 22, 2020 marked the 50th year since Earth Day was first organised to highlight major environmental challenges in the world. On that day, Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström have met for a digital conversation about courage, solidarity and opportunities in times of crisis. Greta stressed the need to listen to the science – in both the Corona pandemic and the climate emergency. The talk was hosted by the Nobel Foundation and live-streamed from the Nobel Prize Museum, Stockholm. Over 600 people from all over the world have tuned in, a few thousand watched the recorded version on Youtube, and many media have covered it. The talk is still available online, see link below.
Digital Earth Day 2020: A Conversation between Greta Thunberg and Johan Rockström from the Nobel Museum

Greta speaking in the empty Nobel Prize Museum Stockholm. Photo: Clément Morin for Nobel Media

“During crises like these, it is even more important that we listen to the science and to the experts," said Greta Thunberg, the Swedish climate and environmental activist. "That goes for all crises, whether it is the Corona crisis or the climate crisis, which of course is still on going and is not slowing down.”

Johan Rockström uttered some optimism from the current situation: “Around the world, people are recognizing the uncertainty and are being cautious. Also regarding the climate, we cannot know for certain how far we can push up global warming. So I hope that we come out of the pandemic with the recognition that science shows: it’s not worth taking the risk.”

The talk remains available on YouTube at this link.

It has sparked some international media interest. Here is a selection of it:

The Guardian: Earth Day: Greta Thunberg calls for 'new path' after pandemic https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/22/earth-day-greta-thunberg-calls-for-new-path-after-pandemic

Reuters International: Time to tackle two crises at once, activist Thunberg says on Earth Day https://www.reuters.com/article/us-earth-day/teen-activist-thunberg-joins-earth-day-climate-rallying-calls-idUSKCN22419M?il=0

Outlook India: Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to cooperate https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/greta-thunberg-urges-world-leaders-to-cooperate/1811477

NHK World News, Japan: Thunberg: COVID-19 and climate change two crises https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200423_02/

The Inquirer, Philippines: Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to cooperate on virus, climate https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1263174/greta-thunberg-urges-world-leaders-to-cooperate-on-virus-climate

Die Welt, Deutschland: Blaupause für die Klimakrise – was Greta Thunberg aus Corona lernt https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article207437565/Greta-Thunberg-Das-Virus-koennte-Blaupause-fuer-die-Klimakrise-sein.html

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