Greta Thunberg Gives Us a Wake Up Call


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Thunberg speaks in Berlin.

Shea McIntyre, Staff Writer

Greta Thunberg, the fearless 16 year old who wore her heart on her sleeve as she spoke her mind at The 2019 United Nations Summit on Monday, September 23rd, is getting monumental attention for her continuous environmental advocacy. The Swede sailed on a no-fossil fuel-emitting-boat across the Atlantic to question the people, “how dare you?” Several individuals applaud the teen and her outspoken activism, including school-shooting victim, Emma González, tweeting:

However, unlike González, not everyone agrees with her claims regarding the economy affecting ecosystems, and many economists have come out writing “Greta’s wrong” or “you’re not a friend, but a foe to the environment.” In addition, our own President Trump joined the argument when he tweeted in response to WIRED magazine: 

The evident sarcasm expressed in the late Tuesday message offended many, and critics believe he’s “attacking a 16 year old girl.” In response to Trump, Greta later posted, “Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.” Finishing her post with a new, trending hashtag, #howdareyou. 

So, what do you believe? Are we too fixated on lucre, as Thunberg states: “all you can talk is about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” or are our carbon footprints not the problem? Conspiracists predict that climate change is just cyclical, partially due to the El Niño and La Niña periodic ocean warming. Nonetheless, whether you agree with the passionate protesters, Greta presents a valid argument: maybe our perilous CO2 emissions are affecting future prosperity for other generations. I encourage you to give yourself chills and watch the Swede’s message about change and how “the world is waking up.”