Children Know It’s Time to Panic About Climate Change
Teen activist Greta Thunberg has taken on anxieties far beyond her years. Adults should listen.
“On the eve of Thunberg’s arrival in the U.S., I bought a collection of her speeches—No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. They rank among the most bracing rhetorical pieces of our time. Yet there’s not a single soaring sentence in the anthology.”
"Where adult politicians have failed to provide moral leadership, children have been impressed into service,"
When everything that might be said in opposition to a person has already been said in ther favor
made me realize that my parental desire to calm is the stuff of childish fantasy; anxiety is the mature response. To protect our children, we need to embrace their despair.”
“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.” - 'Greta Thunberg Is Right to Panic' - The Atlantic -
Anna Jane Joyner
made me realize that my desire to calm is the stuff of childish fantasy; anxiety is the mature response.” -
This made me feel better, oddly.
"Where politicians and preachers hug the audience, she slaps it. Her vision of apocalypse is biblical and so is her moral framework."
“What makes her style so effective and unnerving is that it comes from another age. Her vision of apocalypse is biblical, and so is her moral framework.”
"Grown-ups claim to have a monopoly on realism—to possess a superior capacity for assessing risk—but it’s precisely that supposed realism which has led them to delusion"
Kids are the new grown-ups. I wrote this essay in praise of
and my own daughters.
Do children play the same role in our democracies that Honig attributes to the foreigner? Both part of the community and denied (so far) the full rights of membership, they refresh our politics with a new and uncomfortable vision: the long term.
Greta Thunberg Is Right to Panic
Brian D. Earp
Greta Thunberg Is Right to Panic - The Atlantic