Friday, March 08, 2019

Happy International Women's Day!

Here's one of my new favorite girls/women: Swedish climate champion, Greta Thunberg.
From the NY Times:

Small, shy, survivor of crippling depression, Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl skipping school to shame the world into addressing climate change, drew a parade of fans one Friday in February on a frozen square in Stockholm.

She remains tiny for her age, a consequence of barely eating during her struggle with depression. She doesn’t laugh much, or make small talk. 
Elisabeth Ubbe for The New York Times

From The Guardian:

"At places like Davos, people like to tell success stories, but their financial success has come with an unthinkable price tag," Thunberg said, "We can still fix this. But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current system, we most probably don't stand a chance," she warned.

She demands that leaders do whatever it takes to adhere to the Paris climate agreement that seeks to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius. 

 Amnesty International chief Kumi Naidoo pointed out that "it is young people who are going to pay the consequences for the failure of adult leadership" on climate change.
Thunberg acknowledged that the battle against climate change is "the greatest and most complex challenge that homosapiens have ever faced". 

But the main solution "is so simple that even a small child can understand it: We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases"

Veteran climate campaigners are astonished by what has been achieved in such a short time. “The movement that Greta launched is one of the most hopeful things in my 30 years of working on the climate question. It throws the generational challenge of global warming into its sharpest relief, and challenges adults to prove they are, actually, adults. So many thanks to all the young people who are stepping up,” said Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org.

Around the world, so many student strikes are now taking place or planned that it is becoming hard to keep up. On Twitter, a supporter who posts under the name The Dormouse That Roared, has compiled a Google map that pins all the reported or announced locations, stretching from Abuja and Bugoloobi to Sacramento and MedellĂ­n. 

Her Ted Talk.