Young people get mobilised for the climate with Greta Thunberg
It was the most surreal international news story of late: 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish activist, lecturing an audience of heads of state at the COP24 conference, highlighting their lack of political courage in the face of urgent climate concerns. Since then, her movement “Fridays for Future” has taken off, mobilising tens of thousands of young people around the globe each week.
No more playing around with the climate!
Fifteen-year olds do not engage in political doublespeak. And the least we can say is that this outspoken young girl certainly speaks her mind! “You are not mature enough to tell it like is,” she asserted to an audience of dumbfounded leaders. “You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.” Her conclusion, “Change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people,” resonated like a wake-up call. Greta, at 15, conjures up an unorthodox, hope-inspiring image, that of a kid who reverses the roles and blows the final whistle on the big league players.