+ "If grown-ups don’t give a shit about her future, why should she?"
Greta Thunberg was supposed to start school again last week but instead, she seated herself against the stone facade of the Swedish Parliament’s main building in central Stockholm.
The spot is well chosen, as many politicians, professionals and ordinary people pass by daily. Next to her, she has placed a sign that reads “School Strike for the Climate”. In front of her is a pile of leaflets on which her intentions have been clearly pinned down:
We kids most often don’t do what you tell us to do. We do as you do. And since you grown-ups don’t give a shit about my future, I won’t either. My name is Greta and I’m in ninth grade. And I refuse school for the climate until the Swedish general election.
This once again shows us how important youth engagement can be. The climate crisis is an existential threat that must be forcefully dealt with NOW. We don’t have time to wait any longer. In these dangerous times, the young generation inspires hope. And as Greta shows, they can also have a major impact.