Greta Thunberg says at Glastonbury Festival: ‘We are at the dawn of a climate emergency’

Greta Thunberg took the stage at Glastonbury Festival today and warned the huge crowd of a “climate and environmental emergency”. The 19-year-old environmental activist from Sweden gave a speech from the Pyramid Stage to thunderous applause.

Thunberg – whose surprise performance at Worthy Farm came before the HAIM set on Saturday night – told the crowd “we are at the beginning of a climate and environmental emergency” as she opened her speech. She also called on society to stand its ground in the fight against the global climate crisis.

From the stage, the teenager said: “We are approaching the abyss and I would strongly recommend that anyone who hasn’t been greenwashed from our senses stand their ground.

“Don’t let them drag us an inch closer to the edge. Thunberg also used her speech to call out what she called “forces of greed.”

“This is not the new normal. This crisis will continue to worsen until we prioritize people and the planet over profits and greed,” she said. “The forces of greed and profit and planetary destruction are so powerful that our struggle for the natural world is reduced to a desperate struggle to avoid total natural disaster.

Thunberg on the pyramid stage

“We should fight for people and nature, but we fight against those who seek to destroy them. Today our political leaders are allowed to say one thing and then do exactly the opposite.”

Day four of Glastonbury Festival could be a case of Here Comes The Sun as revelers will enjoy a sunny day with battering showers at Worthy Farm. Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “Today will be a windy day with some sunshine and some scattered showers.

“The showers could be heavy at times but they should pass quickly and it will feel relatively fresh compared to the first few days at the festival. A maximum temperature of 20°C today.”

Sir Paul McCartney will headline the Pyramid stage on Saturday night and make history as the festival’s oldest artist. Sir Paul’s set comes a day after Billie Eilish became the festival’s youngest solo artist.

Huge crowds watched her speech

The former Beatle’s headline show comes exactly a week after he celebrated his 80th birthday and more than 60 years of making music.

Musical stars will also perform across the festival’s multiple stages, with US pop star Olivia Rodrigo and rapper Megan Thee Stallion both appearing on the Other Stage. While Mercury winner Celeste will play the West Holts Stage, The Hoosiers will headline the Avalon Stage and Jessie Ware will close the Park Stage.

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