Greta Thunberg's UN speech – News Review

Greta Thunberg's UN speech - News Review



Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg made an emotional speech to world leaders at the UN climate change summit in New York. She didn’t appear too pleased when US President Donald Trump made an unexpected appearance. Learn about this news story and study its vocabulary in this free English class.

The story
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg says: “People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Key words and phrases
fairy tales
stories people have invented which disguise the truth

• The idea that there can be zero unemployment is just a fairy tale.
• It’s a fairy tale to think humans could live on Mars.

death stare
look of hatred aimed at a person

• She gave her boss a death stare then announced she was quitting.
• Rob gave Neil a death stare after he took the last biscuit.

how dare you
used to express anger at someone’s actions

• You borrowed my clothes without asking! How dare you!
• How dare they put the price of flights up during school holidays!

Language challenge
Which word means ‘criticise someone strongly in public’?

a) renounce
b) denounce
c) announce

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