Why is the Right Threatened by Sixteen-Year-Old Greta Thunberg?
Greta Thunberg has become the voice of thousands of young climate activists who are fighting to save the planet from global warming. The protest began in September in New York City where Greta became the keynote speaker to the rise in action. Her strike against climate change soon spread through more cities across the globe, making one small group of protesters into millions.
Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg’s fight to bring awareness to climate change began around a year ago. Greta could not ignore the evidence of the rise in global temperature and the heavily increased amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. With sea levels quickly rising, and the ice drastically melting, Greta chose to strike from school every Friday as a form of protest. She needed the attention of global leaders who could help save the planet for future generations.
Her effort to bring awareness to the climate crisis, however, did not come without backlash. Many rightists seem to believe her protest has only spread unnecessary anxiety to many young teens. Supposedly, a large portion of people under 35 now believe we will be in the brink of extinction in 10-15 years due to her protest. Of course, who can argue with a bias polling that had only a few responses to choose from, and was made by a rightist. We are not anxious, we are angered by the lack of action we have received by world leaders. The belief that climate change should not be our main priority because it will not cause extinction in this lifetime, is extremely disheartening. We may not be in danger of extinction as of now, but studies have shown that the Earth, although not inhabitable, cannot be saved in 12 years from today.
Republicans have accused Greta and other young activists of being ungrateful. Greta has held older generations responsible for “failing us,” and the response she is given is a list of percentages, such as higher life expectancy and an increased rate of primary school completion that has been granted to us by the help of past generations. Unfortunately, what Greta means when she says they have failed us is that none of these privileges mean anything when the future here on Earth is not being saved.
What we hope to achieve now is to spread the message Greta has been trying to send and make our voices heard. Global warming should not be taken lightly. It is the future of our planet that is in need of saving. Showing support for the movement on social media and signing petitions to help the cause are actions many should take. With presidential elections right around the corner as well, being informed on who supports the fight against global warming is exceedingly important.