Greta quoted the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change data that gives us 12 years to undo our past mistakes before it is too late. She told the forum that
“Some say we should not engage in activism. Instead we should leave everything to our politicians and just vote for change instead. But what do we do when there is no political will?
What do we do when the politics needed are nowhere in sight?
Adults keep saying: we owe it to the young people to give them hope.
But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.
I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”
I am impressed by the action that Greta and others took to draw attention to the disaster they see threatening and am disappointed that there is a pushback from adults, especially those in power to undermine their actions. I think their fears should be addressed.