When I was 16 years, I was undoubtedly aloof AF primarily because I had no interest in the news or anything that was happening in the world. I was going around my city playing cricket, football, video-games, and finding all kinds of reasons to not study. And that might be one of the reasons why a 16-year-old called Greta Thunberg is attending international climate summits in an attempt to save the world.
In August 2018, Thunberg took to the streets instead of attending her school to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament with a placard that read “skolstrejk för klimatet“. And that translates to “school strike for the climate. This sparked a revolution where other students started engaging in similar protest thereby creating the foundations of a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future.
She addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference which led to a weekly strike all around the world and a mass multi-city protest in 2019 which saw over one million pupils taking to the streets. And her recent speech in 2019 has sent shivers down the spines of every active politician around the globe. She said,
“My message is that we’ll be watching you. This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”
You can watch her entire speech here:
Thunberg, the daughter of opera singer Malena Ernman and actor Svante Thunberg, first heard about climate change in 2011 and was confused about the fact why so little was being done about it. Despite being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (a disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction), obsessive-compulsive disorder (a disorder where a person feels to repeatedly perform a routine), and selective mutism (an anxiety disorder where a person can’t speak in selective situations) in 2014, she continues her protest with great vigour. She even compelled her family to reduce their carbon footprint (total emissions caused by an individual) by becoming vegan and giving up flying.
But why should you care? Well, in very simple terms because she is fighting for the only cause that we should care about: climate. There’s literally nothing more important than the preservation of our ecosystem. If there’s no ecosystem, there’s no Earth, and if there’s no Earth, there’s no us. And if we aren’t doing so, there’s literally no reason to raise another generation of children, die before them, and let them reap the results of our mistakes.
So, wake up and smell the pollution in the air around you and try, just try, to work toward change.
Original Source: https://in.mashable.com/culture/7066/un-climate-action-summit-who-is-greta-thunberg-and-why-you-need-to-listen-to-her-speech