McLEOD GANJ, India, 25 September 2019
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate champion, is a miracle. Her convictions on the climate change that’s driving global warming, mass extinction of species, and environmental disaster, has drawn the attention of the world. She has become the global icon for the climate change movement, and the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate.
She started missing school on Fridays a year ago to protest for climate action outside her country’s parliament. She has inspired millions of children, and sparked the “Fridays for Future” global climate strike movement.
Her message is simple — cutting down carbon emissions so that the world could be saved from mass extinction by global warming and destructive environmental events. She is loved and followed around the world. Millions turned out in the streets for global climate action last week as a part of the “Fridays for Future” action that Greta started over a year ago — alone.
“The Greta effect” is now a global effect. Even this small Himalayan village of McLeod Ganj saw youths, both locals and tourists, leading a climate action demonstration on the day of global climate strike on 20 September, ahead of the UN Climate Summit.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has supported Greta Thunberg and climate action. In a letter he wrote to Thunberg, he said, “It is very encouraging to see how you have inspired other young people to join you in speaking out. You are waking people up to the scientific consensus and the urgency to act on it.”
On Tuesday Greta met with former President Barack Obama, who called her “one of our planet’s greatest advocates.”
In a fiery speech at the UN climate summit on Monday, Thunberg denounced world leaders for their neglect of the threat of global warming. “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 come to us young people for hope. How dare you!
“People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
“You say you hear us and understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that,” she added. “Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.”
Earlier on, during an interview in the popular TV show “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”, when asked if there’s a difference between the climate change discussion in the US and Europe, she said, “It feels like [here] it is being discussed as something you believe in or [do] not believe in. And where I come from, it’s more like, it’s a fact.”
Thunberg is far better informed and caring than say, the President of the US Donald Trump. Her impassioned speeches are hitting the right spots, and making squirm the likes of Trump, whose ignorance of the climate change crisis cannot be more clearly demonstrated than his rolling back of environmental protections, withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Accord, and failure to attend the UN climate summit on Monday.
On Tuesday, Trump — using his favourite medium, Twitter — made a post sarcastically referring to Thunberg’s furious expressions, “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” Trump, how dare you?
Experts say that Trump is mentally unstable. And the way he is challenging a 16-year-old girl, that too an “Asperger’s”, is another demonstration of that.
White supremacists and extremists are the only supporters of Trump, and their votes would not have been enough to make him the president had there not been this confusing “Electoral College”. He didn’t win the popular vote. The free world and the free-thinking people around the world detest Trump. The Dalai Lama has said that Trump lacks moral principle.
Now he claims he’s worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. How dare you? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. He might as well get impeached. And I feel that he should be impeached.
Thunberg has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is most deserving of the prize for this year, there is absolutely no doubt about that.
She wants us to be well-informed ourselves about the climate crisis, and wants us to do our bit in making a change. And now this teenager is talking to the whole world. With Trump likely impeached, the next US president must reinstall climate protection policies, and lead the global community in protecting our planet. As Thunberg says, the climate crisis is a fact, and we don’t have a Planet B.
We need you. The world needs you. Go Greta go!