Greta Thunberg is 16 years old, Swedish and making Republicans very angry. Thunberg is an environmental activist and has spoken at many events in the past.
Her efforts started with a small photoshoot, but soon escalated to such a degree that even the President is commenting on her.
"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" read President Trump’s tweet. Thunberg told a Swedish talk show, called Skavlan, that it doesn’t matter.
"I knew that sometime he is probably going to say something about me and it was like it doesn't make any difference in a way," said Thunberg.
In retaliation, Thunberg updated her Twitter bio to say, "A very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future."
Thunberg has been upsetting politicians with what some treat as harsh words. In her speeches, Thunberg lashes out at the older generation, scolding them for letting the climate change situation get as bad as it is.
"The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you," Thunberg said at the UN Climate Summit in 2019.
A point that Thunberg often brings up is her age. Her speeches force you to understand that the climate change issue is real and needs to be fixed, but not by her.
Thunberg is leading this movement, but she doesn't want to be. Thunberg is 16 years old, and we are both of the same mind that she should be doing whatever 16-year-olds do these days instead of trying to solve the older generations' mess.
"Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago," said Thunberg.
If you are unaware, I live in Louisiana. Probably not forever, but for at least two more years. And Louisiana has a lot of environmental issues as far as I can tell.
First of all, Mardi Gras is a once-a-year, week-long holiday. Multiple parades are held during the week. It is awful for the environment. People go crazy during Mardi Gras and leave garbage everywhere, ranging from beer bottles to used condoms and of course, Mardi Gras beads themselves, still seen hanging from trees for months to follow.
Second, it is impossible to live in Louisiana and not learn about how our wetlands are drastically decreasing. According to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s 2012 Coastal Master Plan, Louisiana is already down 1,880 square miles of land since eight decades ago.
When I was in second grade, I made a petition to save the wetlands. I got 200 people at my little elementary school (St. Matthews in Houma, would not recommend) and sent it to the president at the time, Bush.
In response, I got a picture of his dog.
From what I remember, the dog was a small black thing named Barney. The picture had a stamp of his paw print on it, as if the dog had signed it. I was, with all of my little second grader might, absolutely furious that the grownups weren’t taking me seriously.
Greta Thunberg, I feel you.
Except I don’t. Not really. Multiple family members have warned me against my liberal professors “brainwashing” me into believing the “climate change hoax.” These are the people that are taking Greta Thunberg’s childhood away from her.
When I was a kid, I knew about the wetlands, but I didn’t have access to as amazing of an internet as we do today. I didn’t know about the temperatures rising or the ice melting or anything. The younger generations are getting access to politics and news faster and faster, and it’s causing an upset with the older generations. Now, we have access to facts and science.
Greta Thunberg has facts and science. Republicans have money.
Greta Thunberg should not be on stage in front of hundreds of people. She should be watching bad movies with her friends, or making awful TikTok videos, or eating soap; whatever teenagers are doing these days, Thunberg deserves it. She deserves to have a childhood.
Instead, she spends her time scolding men three times her age in a desperate act to force them to get their priorities in check.
"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. I want you to act as if you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house was on fire, because it is," Thunberg said.