Greta Thunberg – a teenager from Sweden – did what the top world leaders could not do! She strongly criticised US President Donald Trump that went viral on the social media! Apparently, the criticism is not so terrible… however, its significance is huge! Her speech at the recently-concluded UN COP24 Climate Talks helps us realise the significance of her voice. Delivering the fiery, coruscating and impassioned speech, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist launched verbal attacks on top global leaders for “stealing her childhood with their empty words”. She is right, as the politicians have stolen the childhood of thousands of Gretas…
It is a fact that a teenager, like Greta, should not be considered as an ideal speaker at UN Climate Conference. But if a girl, who should attend school, thinks and talks about climate change, then we have to admit that those responsible for protecting the environment have failed to perform their duties! Therefore, we have no other option but to respect Greta’s ways of thinking, courage and initiative. We should also consider the fact that Greta is doing all these, alone!
Perhaps, adults do not understand what the minor girl understands clearly and explains quite easily. There is no reason to be so sceptical, as regards to different issues. We all know, with certainty, that our leaders’ empty words make our lives miserable. Still, no one, like Greta, has the courage to say: “How dare you?” (to President Trump) This is how today’s guardians (of the society) have taken the responsibility of destruction (of the environment). They are not at all aware of Climate Change… and they do not possess any desire to be aware. Therefore, a minor has to come forward.
Speaking at the Climate Talks, Greta said: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing.” She also said: “We are at the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. If you choose to fail us, we will never forgive you.”
If the politicians have committed a crime by destroying the environment, then the global community has made an equally grave mistake by maintaining silence, thus, approving it tacitly! The majority of the global population is yet to accept the fact that we are destroying the environment. Lack of awareness is a different thing, but negligence is a serious issue…
Why is Greta the lone warrior here? Because she was alone when she started the war. No one had the courage to back her war against Climate Change. At a time when Greta was fighting her lone battle, people were dumping plastic at sea beaches!
In our education system, (perhaps) there is no place for the environment. When someone does something big, then only it grabs our attention. Yet, hopefully, childhood is shouting today, and the rest of the Society is being forced to listen to that!
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