Time has officially named climate change activist/perpetually truant student Greta Thunberg as their “person of the year”, for her work… Well, I assume it’s because she’s really good at sailing on a boat.
For nearly two years now, Thunberg has been sailing around the country (skipping school) protesting climate change… Because if one thing is going to stop the climate from changing, it’s an angsty Swedish teen not going to class.
Time is a lot kinder in their description of Thunberg:
Thunberg began a global movement by skipping school: starting in August 2018, she spent her days camped out in front of the Swedish Parliament, holding a sign painted in black letters on a white background that read Skolstrejk för klimatet: “School Strike for Climate.” In the 16 months since, she has addressed heads of state at the U.N., met with the Pope, sparred with the President of the United States and inspired 4 million people to join the global climate strike on September 20, 2019, in what was the largest climate demonstration in human history. Her image has been celebrated in murals and Halloween costumes, and her name has been attached to everything from bike shares to beetles. Margaret Atwood compared her to Joan of Arc. After noticing a hundredfold increase in its usage, lexicographers at Collins Dictionary named Thunberg’s pioneering idea, climate strike, the word of the year.
The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself, and Thunberg has no magic solution. But she has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change. She has offered a moral clarion call to those who are willing to act, and hurled shame on those who are not. She has persuaded leaders, from mayors to Presidents, to make commitments where they had previously fumbled: after she spoke to Parliament and demonstrated with the British environmental group Extinction Rebellion, the U.K. passed a law requiring that the country eliminate its carbon footprint. She has focused the world’s attention on environmental injustices that young indigenous activists have been protesting for years. Because of her, hundreds of thousands of teenage “Gretas,” from Lebanon to Liberia, have skipped school to lead their peers in climate strikes around the world.
My, times have changed. When I was in school, you got in trouble for skipping class. Now, kids are getting recognized as Time’s “Person of the Year” for it. Truly baffling.
Seriously, she isn’t Mother Theresa. She’s not helping anyone. She’s not leading “clean the city” movements. She’s skipping school, going to UN events, and then talking. Nothing she has done has had a positive impact on “climate change”, aside from making people use more CO2 to talk about said “climate change”.
In January she was praised for speaking at the World Economic Forum, saying ““I want you to panic… I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”
A 16 year old shouldn’t be living in fear over climate change. That’s not healthy. If anything, it’s an indication that something is mentally wrong with this young girl.
Former Vice President Al Gore praised Greta, saying “this moment does feel different…Throughout history, many great morally based movements have gained traction at the very moment when young people decided to make that movement their cause.”
Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think “Person of the Year” awards should go to people who don’t really do much… I mean, talking is great, but how many of Greta’s words have stopped China and India from polluting the planet?
Meanwhile, kids in Hong Kong are being killed for wanting to have freedom… But sure, let’s give the award to the brat sailing around the world…