House on fire

Greta Thunberg’s Twitter profile

Greta Thunberg:
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference
Penguin 2019

In 2018 Greta,* aged 15, made headlines with her solo school strike over the climate crisis, since which she has received plaudits and vilification in almost equal amounts. “She should not be skipping school,” declare the nay-sayers, “She’s being paid or used, she’s spouting speeches written for her,” shout others without a shred of evidence because they can’t or won’t believe that a teenager can speak so intelligently, passionately and persuasively.

On the evidence of these eleven speeches, given between September 2018 at the Climate March in Stockholm and April 2019 in London at the Extinction Rebellion Rally and the Houses of Parliament, the critics are wrong in every respect.

The climate crisis is real. Those in power aren’t taking it seriously. Every day, every hour, every minute is taking us the point of no return and there is no sense of urgency among governments, transnational corporations and the media. And hers is the generation that will have no future, their education counting for nothing when our world becomes too hostile for the species that still exist on it. For now.

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