Climate Change Activism

Are we putting our hands in the right age group?

Mason Dunleavy, News Editor

The headlines this past week have been filled with Swedish activist Greta Thurnberg and her role in the climate strike scenario. “Activists” around the U.S. showed their power by shutting down city blocks and twerking on the streets. Yes, twerking. A man in full glitter was twerking to support climate change. So, I put activists in quotes because I do not know if you can seriously call them that.

This call for action against climate change seems to be built into my generation. We were taught in schools that humans are causing or adding to the ever changing climate that Earth has always known. Obviously, lighting fuel and emitting toxic gas is not good for the environment and is not sustainable for humanity. We get it. Everyone gets it. The problem with these strikers is that they offer the problem multiple times, while offering no solution. So, these activists whine and moan, but do nothing about it. Wait, they buy metal straws. That’ll save us.

Almost everyone wants a greener and healthier Earth, but if you just say a problem, it will not fix itself.

So, here’s my hypothesis. The strikers do not actually want a solution to their problem. Why would they? Afterall, after this problem is solved, what will they piss and moan about? If they truly wanted a solution, they would not be targeting corporations and businesses. Who do they think solutions to problems come from? The government? No, they come from corporations that we like doing research and development into new products that people will like. That’s how capitalism works. So, if there is a business doing shady stuff and polluting the environment, we do not buy their stuff. What happens next? They go out of business. Thus, no more polluting shady business. But this takes time. And we have time, unlike all the “10-years till doom” folks are saying.

Now back to Greta Thurnberg. For those wondering who she is and why it matters, here’s the rundown. Greta is a 16-year-old from Sweden who made her way to the U.N. to make speeches. So, Greta is a spoiled 16-year-old girl with nothing better to do except spew out problems with no solutions and better yet, the information was mouth fed to her by her parents.

Brainwashing children for political gain is always fun, right?

Most of the quotes taken from Greta’s multiple speeches have shown how spoiled she is. Here’s one, “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school, on the other side of the ocean.” Well, you’re right, Greta. You shouldn’t be up there. A 16-year-old shouldn’t be in front of the U.N., it just shows what a joke the U.N. is. Greta goes onto saying, “You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my childhood, my dreams.” No one is coming to this angry child for hope. Stolen dreams? It seems that if anyone stole her dreams it’s her parents. I bet getting brainwashed at that young age is exhausting.

Isn’t it remarkable that we live in an age where a privileged 16-year-old can speak in front of the U.N. and then claim that we took her dreams and childhood? It’s ridiculous.