I've never heard of her, but then very little that happens outside of the U.S. becomes a topic of discussion here. We, as a country, don't really care about anyone but ourselves. But there are young people here trying to get the same message across (no one here talks about them either, for what it's worth).
I was surprised to learn recently that almost half of Americans live in counties that are directly on an ocean shoreline. But I'm pretty sure that when half of all Americans are living in boats and it's like Waterworld out there, the old white dudes in suits in this country will still be saying that humans play no role in climate change.
I think only the most profoundly stupid among them really believe that, but reducing emissions cuts in to profits, and the first rule of being an old white dude in a suit is don't upset the shareholders.
Here's a video of her first public speech. That was at the "UN Climate Change COP24 Conference" in December last year:
"Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury."
"You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes."
"We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time." (this girl sure takes no prisoners)
(her next groundbreaking speech had been at the "World Economic Forum" in Davos in January this year. Davos everybody!
I may post a link later.)
Sorry, I know this is sideways, but hopefully you'll find this a little funny. I got hired by a big bank and was told to report to the office at 9am and call Gertha Crumpler to let me in. So I'm sitting there waiting for what I expected would be a rather large white woman with a German accent, probably in her fifties. Nope, a black woman in her fifties who had a son who was a NFL star named Alge (a very old Southern name). One of the most lovely individuals I have ever had the priviledge to meet
the yellow side of my sign says: "Destroying Our Planet? - Go Ahead!" [yes, this is irony]
the white side is a generalised version of Greta Thunbergs own infamous sign "Skolstrejk för Klimatet": "Totalstrejk för Future"
sure she is.
Rumour has it, a few years ago she even convinced her mother to give up the international leg of her career as an opera-singer because flying on a plane is destroying the planet.
Still I love her. She started all alone on her first day, because she couldn't find One single schoolmate with guts to join.
She sat there on her own with her simple selfpainted now famous sign and didn't care.
Now, she has started a movement around the globe.
Maybe I'm just a romantic, for when I was in the No-Nukes-movement as a teenager in the mid-80s, we didn't have the slightest chance to be heared, no matter how good our arguments or how many we were. We've even been criminalized by our own gouvernment for trying to save the planet.
I'm quite aware, that this movement will not change the world or how things work.
I know that "humanity never had it - from the beginning".
But I do love the power and courage of those young people and I am supporting them, not so much because I believe, they'd change a thing, but out of pure empathy and sympathy.
They may not be able to save the world, but some of them may be able to save their souls through this engagement. Who knows? (I do believe in carma.)