With the heartbreaking Amazon forest loss, melting icebergs in Antarctica and many other disasters, the global crisis is increasing. According to UN demographics, one natural climate crisis is occurring every week around the world. In between all this chaos and loss, one young 16 years old stood out to aid to this endless catastrophe.
Who is Greta Thunberg?
Born in Sweden, Greta Thunberg is a rising environmental activist who is spreading global awareness to the risk of climate change. She has raised questions against politicians for their lack of action against this crisis which affects the entire world.
Last year, Greta took time off of her school to demonstrate the Swedish parliament about climate loss. Soon, most of the school students, including her classmates joined the protest. They organised a school climate strike movement under the name “Fridays for the Future”. After Thunberg addressed the issues in the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, students all over the world including Bangladesh, UK, Japan, India and Germany joined the protest in their own way.
A real leader’s power of consciousness
Despite being a 16-year-old, Greta Thunberg is known for her blunt and realist responses to questions. But Great herself has her own story. She was diagnosed with Asperger’s, a form of autism four years ago. In an interview with the BBC, she mentions
“Being different is a gift. It makes me see things from outside the box. I don’t easily fall for lies, I can see through things. If I would’ve been like everyone else, I wouldn’t have started this school strike for instance. We introverts can make our voices heard”
The Global Climate Strike
The global climate strike we all knew we needed is here. People from all over the world have taken to the street for a better world not for themselves, but for everyone across the world. Thunberg and her community’s voice has reached all over the world and now their demands are just as much as ours. The strike started from September 20th and will continue until 27th of September.
According to the article by The Guardian, trade unions representing hundreds of millions of people around the world mobilized in support, employees left their workplaces, doctors and nurses marched and workers at firms like Amazon, Google and Facebook have now joined the strikes.
In the estimated 185 countries, the protests are different depending upon the challenging crisis that they are having to go through. But at the end of the day, the message and the activists are united for one thing and one thing only. A safe space for nature, animals and humans.
The demand for ending the age of fossil fuels invested by different banks, finding a reasonable solution for a healthier environment is the most essential demands. However, what happens next is up to us. How we see the world and decide to protect it is solely upon our principle.
In a country like Bangladesh were young children still have hope and strike for a positive change, it is time to end our lack of motivation for a better country.
The unhealthy practise of “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” needs to stop.
By the words of Greta Thunberg herself which left the world in a gasp and sudden rush of epiphany:
“Adults keep saying, ‘We owe it to young people to give them hope.’ But 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, and then I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”