One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.
— Former US President Barak Obama
Greta Thunberg has become a tour de force where the action against climate change is concerned. A sombre 15-year-old, unable to do nothing, has singlehandedly stood up for her generation, against the silence of a world that is unwilling to alter its wasteful ways. She started with one step: sitting alone in protest outside the Swedish Parliament. It has snowballed into a global children’s movement and has caught the attention it deserves.
Today is the day that school children around the world are pulling out of school to stand in protest against world leaders who refuse to do anything to rescue the planet the children are going to inherit from us. You can follow the progress here on Greta’s twitter feed.
Greta is in line for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Our nominees are growing younger – a good sign. Our children have indeed become our teachers. But like she says, they are too young to handle this crisis all on their own (a reference to the grownups’ current disinterest and neglect). A lot of what she says has caught sufficient attention to go viral, but there are some voices that have made an effort to delve deeper into what is behind her words. Click here for an interesting article analyzing all the points she has put forth in her riveting speech at the COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.
Still, she deserves some admiration for the way she has mobilized the children of the world for a worthy cause. How much have each of us done to earn the right to criticize her?