Her name is Greta Thunberg. She is 16 years old and is from Sweden. I’m guessing you know her name because of what she has been doing for the last few years. Greta is the face of Climate Change. She began a protest in Sweden two years ago that has now swelled to include millions of students and others around the world.
Greta made a conscious decision to go toe-to-toe with politicians and corporations and other decision-makers who continue to deny or simply ignore the warnings of virtually the entire scientific community over the effects of Climate Change to our planet. Her platform is very simple: danger to the planet disproportionately affects her generation.
You’d be mistaken if you imagined Greta to be naive. You’d be even more mistaken if you imagined she wasn’t up to this fight. She has proven herself to be tough as nails and her battle with the decision-makers has been pretty much “in your face.”
In 2018, she was invited to address the United Nations Climate Change Conference. She was on the cover of Time magazine in May in which she was named a “next generation leader”.
In August of this year, she was invited back to the United Nations to participate in a Climate Change Action Summit. To demonstrate her commitment to lowering her own emissions “footprint,” she refused to fly for the event. Rather, she sailed here on a completely solar powered boat. This was no stunt. Greta has been working tirelessly on lessening the world’s emission footprint.
She has published a collection of her Climate Change addresses, called, “No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference.”
I’ll remind you again, Greta is 16 years old. I have enormous admiration for her. Leaders around the world are now talking about “The Greta Thunberg Effect.” That is remarkable.
It shouldn’t surprise any of us, then, that Greta now has a group of critics—many of which are Climate Change deniers. The big oil conglomerate OPEC has felt the threat of Greta’s message and has launched an attack on her and her motives. One very mean-spirited news article accused her of having a mental disorder.
If I could speak to Greta, I’d thank her and tell her if people are starting to call her names, she must be doing something right.