The New Yorker recently stated that Greta Thunberg is “the political leader for the age of Trump.” For those of you who, like myself, have just stumbled upon Greta Thunberg, she is a Swedish sixteen-year-old environment activist who claims that adults are ruining her future because of the man-made global warming that has brought the human species to the brink of extinction. She gained media recognition in August of last year when she began protesting outside the Swedish parliament (the Riksdag) handing out flyers to adults calling for immediate action to combat climate change. Greta has even been encouraged by Pope Francis in her Join the climate strike (Fridays For Future) — it calls for people not to show up for work and children to skip going to classes on Fridays so that they may protest governments on climate change — “Continue, continue,” Francis told her. “Go on, go ahead.”
During her prepared discourse last month to the United Nations Action Summit, Greta practically broke down saying: “People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of the mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?” Greta seems to be just like the Noble Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the Muslim human rights activist, who like other Islamists, have personified themselves in the media as victims of religious hatred. With the help of United Nations and philanthropists, such as George Soros, they have orchestrated conditions through public communications utilizing defensive terminology and accusing anyone who questions their intentions or positions as racists.
Malala — as a teenager; she is now twenty-two years of age — is to be commended for her open stance against the Taliban and advocacy of education for girls and women in the Islamic world. Yet in an admonition to UK politicians a few years ago, she said: “The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create,” which intimidates people into believing it is bigoted to examine jihadist doctrine and other sharia-based oppressive tenets as intimately linked with the Islamic religion. Malala has also never made any direct public refutation of the Quranic teachings and the attributed traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (the hadiths), which subjugate women to a second-class status and place them in the very situation she herself criticizes. Not to mention, while openly backing the Islamic religion, Malala has simultaneously pushed for the dictatorial, repressive, and atheistic politics of Communism as the only hope for peace. In 2013, after expressing her gratitude to Pakistani Marxists for introducing her to Marxism, she declared: “Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.”
In like manner, Greta and other young people should also be congratulated for raising environmental concerns. She believes — it is more of her parents’ position she is presenting — that global warming is man-made, cutting global carbon emissions by half in the next decade will solve the the climate problem, despite many scientists arguing that “there is no correlation between rising CO2 levels and increased” climate change. Yes, there are toxics in the environment created by us that have to be addressed. Is that, however, causing climate change? — I am a layman in the science world, even though it is not the thesis of this article, common sense tells me that Mother Nature periodically changes and will take care of herself. That being said, both youngsters have subjectively presented one side of the picture without considering any valid points from a counterposition. Their approach has consequently accused social conservatives for not supporting UN and left-wing policies, which have nothing to do with collective security, let alone the dignity of the human person.
What is to be made of all of this? Greta and the school-striking teenagers, other than glibly mouthing the same solutions as their radical elder brothers do: “Shut down all coal mines immediately,” “Let all fossil fuels remain in the ground,” “All energy supply must come from renewable sources,” etc., have instigated rebellion by encouraging children to take it upon themselves to interrupt their education/schooling at will — parents and teachers are ultimately to blame. This is right in line with Article 15 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: “Children have the right to think and believe what they want and to practice their religion.” Article 15 not only directly contradicts parents’ right and duty to properly raise their children — regardless of religious denomination — but it segregates them, too.
Yes, youngsters like Greta (and Malala), as well as other children do have a voice and can make a change for the better. However, what is happening with the Greta movement is not necessarily contributing to the common good of society. Instead, what is happening is a manipulation of children. Greta Thunberg and her young followers — as it was with Malala Yousafzai — have fallen into the whimsical traps of those who seek to create social disorder, and this is nothing other than child abuse.
As has been raised by a few, the UN, politicians, and the mainstream media do not raise how Greta’s “own parents and [she] herself have talked of her battle with depression and chronic anxiety. They talk of how anxious she was, Greta couldn’t go to school, couldn’t eat for two months, couldn’t speak at all for long periods.” One can understand why she was frantic during her UN speech. The sad result has thus far been, again, a child who seems to be manipulated in order to promote ecological anarchism , thereby undermining the valor of the human person to physical surroundings. Youngsters should be reminded that they would be more effective by dedicating and sacrificing time to study in order to address the causes of the real human crisis that is presently extinguishing human beings: abortion, Christian persecution and the hands of Islamists, the military conflicts in the Middle East because of oil and other natural resources, and the like. As already mentioned, Mother Nature will eventually take care of herself, whereas human rights violations can only be handle by us.