Growing up, all kids were told by parents or other adults, “you’re our future.” For some reason, they expect the generation after them to save the world. Therefore, children and young adults everywhere have made a decision. It’s about time we inherit our future don’t you think?
As reported by Madeleine Carlisle for Time.com, “[m]ore than 4,500 strikes were planned worldwide…, and more than 500 strikes [were] in the U.S. alone.” This was on Friday, September 20 alone, since then more have commenced. Such powerful actions deserve an equally powerful leader who people are recognizing as Greta Thunberg. This small, Swedish, 16-year-old, climate change activist is the face of the strikes. For those who may not know, climate change is something our planet is experiencing currently. Basically, (mainly) big companies and businesses are releasing fossil fuels by-products into the Earth’s atmosphere. This causes the Earth’s average temperatures to rise, which melts ice caps. In turn, the melting ice caps are causing the sea level to rise and a whole bunch of other things that are bad for the environment and civilization.
In order to combat this national dilemma, Greta has rallied millions of people from around the world who are supporting her cause as well. In the beginning (2018), Greta was all alone. In fact, time.com says she, “…protest[ed] in front of the Swedish parliament, rather than attending school,…”. From that moment on, the movement has only grown stronger. Now, Greta has millions of fellow young people surrendering their childhoods to help work for the greater good. A key factor in Greta’s strikes are that kids aren’t going to school. Instead, every Friday, millions of these young activists are protesting to save their future.
On September 20, 2019, Greta spoke to an enormous crowd at Battery Park, New York. “This is an emergency. Our house is on fire,” she said. She goes on to say, “Why should we study for a future that is being taken away from us[?]” Additionally, Greta- and her other fellow protestors- believe the government is ignoring the science behind the problem. As an example, at a Senate climate crisis meeting, thegaurdian.com writes that Greta said, “If you want advice for what to do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard.”
Truly, this proves Greta isn’t some dramatic teen who wants to skip school on Fridays. She is a motivated leader of an important motion that just might save the world. Something the current government has, thus far, failed to do. After all, we have to receive “our future” at same point.
By: Peyton Erb
Photo Credits: https://www.cnn.com