I’ve been reading a lot of negative commentary towards 16 year old climate striker Greta Thunberg in recent days. R.T.E. luminary Ryan Tubridy not least amongst them. The most striking thing (forgive the pun) about much of the negativity has been the clear ignorance those criticizing have displayed. It is very obvious that most have not heard any of Greta’s speeches. At least they haven’t listened.
The laziest critics have used lines like ‘I wouldn’t want a sixteen year old Doctor operating on me’ or ‘a sixteen year old mechanic fixing my car’. In these people’s heads there is a comparison between Brain surgery and what Greta Thunberg is doing. That one would need years and years of training to do what Greta Thunberg is doing. This is simply not the case. Even the most snobby of academics will readily admit that their area of expertise is narrow. What allows them to speak with authority on other subjects is the ability to evaluate sources and expertise. This is not all that hard. Particularly in areas where there is a consensus, such as climate science.
Greta Thunberg has simply read the latest reports and most agreed upon consensus of climate scientists and shared this knowledge in her excellent speeches. You don’t need years of training to accept the facts as laid out by experts. Her critics are showing themselves to lack these basic skills. The joke is on them.
Another more sinister approach has been from people identifying themselves as parents of teenagers with Asperger’s (the same as Greta they say). They say that their children are prone to getting fixated on a position or side of an argument and that they are then unable to move when contradicting facts are presented to them. They say Greta is stuck on the side of Science and has refused to accept evidence that it is wrong. Firstly I feel for their children, who clearly lack the confidence of their parents, if of course they exist. Secondly we must admit that we do not know if Greta Thunberg would change her position on Climate Science if faced with contradicting evidence. No such credible evidence exists. That’s what it means to have a scientific consensus. If the jury was out, we would not have a consensus.
The third kind of critic I have seen argues that Greta Thunberg is a corporate schill, or some other derogatory term. She is a tool of the mainstream media and/or governments or other sinister agencies. Somehow chemtrails and/or the new world order are involved. These people are idiots.
Greta has said herself that her childhood is being stolen. This is not what she wants to be doing. Adults and leaders have failed children like Greta. They have ignored the scientific consensus and continue to do so. The stakes are too high. Greta Thunberg and so many others feel they have no choice but to lead a fight to literally save the world. To those that are ridiculing her, the joke is on you. Even the children see through your ignorance, greed and stupidity.
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