Teen Climate Change Activist Greta Thunberg Urges Congress: 'Take Real Action'
Greta Thunberg is making waves in Congress and urging politicians to "take real action" towards environmental change. The inspiring teen is also behind the Climate Change Strike taking place nationwide September 20th, in which thousands of high school students plan to skip school and protest to restore nature and protect our planet's future.
The Swedish 16-year-old climate activist presented her testimony to Washington lawmakers on September 18th. She mentioned that she didn't come with a prepared speech, but her words and strategy were thoughtful and effectual. Thunberg submitted an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Special Report on Global Warming from 2018 and stated, "I don't want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists and I want you to unite behind science. And then I want you to take real action."
During the hearing, Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) pointed fingers at higher-polluting countries, like China for being the bigger cause of climate change. The answer was not good enough for Thunberg. Graves offered the metaphor, "If you were sailing across the ocean and you’re picking up trash along the way, and for every piece of trash you pick up there is a boat right next to you dumping out five pieces. How would that make you feel?” The teen thoughtfully responded, "Well, first of all, by that logic then I am also dumping a lot of trash in the ocean. And then I would stop dumping my trash in the ocean and ask the other boat to stop dumping their trash in the ocean as well.”
Thunberg is leading the climate change movement for our youth in such a refreshing way. With over 3 million Instagram followers and 1.5 million Twitter followers, she's educating our youth about the risks of harsh carbon emissions and inspiring them to take climate change seriously. The result? Tomorrow a national strike is taking place with high school students along with the movement #FridaysforFuture, in which every Friday they'll strike in order to fight for climate change.
Just like Thunberg, their mission shows no signs of slowing down. The teen is expected to present at the United Nations Action Summit on September 23. Teenagers are emerging as the new voice for our future and ecological justice.