Greta Thunberg’s unforgettable message at UN climate action summit 2019
Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old Swedish activist, just mentioned us all what precisely is at stake with the urgency of climate change.
Returned to the White House to attend as President Barack Obama’s publications director, one of the first discussions we had was about how he needed to spend time in his final two years raising the problem of climate change.
And we decided to do precisely that. We went to federal parks and he spoke about clean air and water, went to the everglades to talk about the influence on tourism. He gave a conversation at the Coast Guard Academy on the social security impact of climate variation and spent the day with Bear Grylls to promote the importance of writing the crisis of weather change head-on. He is an excellent communicator, but we didn’t change the national discussion.
After he left office, the dubious voice of a freshman New York City congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, functioned the elevation of climate change much extra. She proffered an extensive property in writing the issue with her ensemble, the Green New Deal. She made activism on climate change cool and used her voice and her stage to bring enthusiasm and emotion around an issue that is important and urgent.
But on Monday, an even more adolescent activist — Thunberg — made the severest debate yet for why approaching climate change is not just an issue millennials vote on, administrative candidates should discuss on or elected officials need to have a box-checking plan on. It is an issue that future ages, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the leaders milling through the rooms of the United Nations today, should not be charged with working alone.
She is not endeavoring fame or fortune, asserting clearly at the commencement of her comments, “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back to school on the other side of the ocean.” She is angry and she wants action. Thunberg put a face and a voice to the contemporaries who will suffer.
She announced on the world leaders sitting in the room and those watching to do properly. “The eyes of all future ages are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you.”
She was an essential reminder of the power of one voice.
We don’t want to look further than the comprehensive meltdowns of weather deniers to know she struck a nerve. But let’s assume her words also supported those who see the testimony and know the truth to act now.