Can We Elect This 16-Year-Old Climate Change Activist Already?

by: Lucy Jones | 1 year ago | News

Greta Thunberg. Image source

When it comes to taking action on climate change, some adults kinda suck. Especially the 'adults' that run countries (looking at you Donald D-Bag Trump). Luckily, these ageing leaders will eventually be replaced by the switched-on youths of today.

Young people all around the world are keeping our hope alive by campaigning for governments to take action on climate change. Greta Thunberg is one of these people. The climate change activist recently delivered a speech that needs to be playing on repeat in Parliament.

"Adults keep saying: 'We owe it to the young people to give them hope'. But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act," she said.

"I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is."

Can we please elect this girl already?

Thunberg's own climate change protests have inspired students all around the world to take a stand against climate inaction. Last year, Thunberg started sitting outside parliament in Stockholm every Friday to protest the government's environment policies. Her demonstration inspired Aussie school students to strike for climate action in December, and now American students are following in their footsteps. Another group of American kids have sued the government for violating “the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property” by failing to act on climate change. Similar lawsuits filed elsewhere in the world have yielded results. The dutch government was ordered to reduce its emissions after it was sued for climate inaction in 2015.

Kids like Thunberg are holding governments accountable for their actions, because somebody has to. Hopefully their message is getting through to our leaders because, as Thunberg points out in her speech, they should all be in panic mode.

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