Who is Greta Thunberg and other questions you were too embarrassed to ask
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 16 years old 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.
Her bold actions had led her to become a global icon in the movement against climate change.
Why is Greta such a big deal?
Last year, Greta took time off of her school to demonstrate the Swedish parliament about climate loss. It started as a lone fight but 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.
Is climate change real?
Very much so. If you’re still not convinced enough to care about the climate, here are some statistics to help you out:
- Carbon dioxide levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years
- 18 of the 19 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001
- 2016 was the warmest year on record.
- Satellite data shows Earth’s polar ice sheets are losing mass
- Global average sea level has risen nearly 7″ over the past 100 years
Has her protest made any difference?
Yes. Thanks to her, the global climate strike we all knew we needed is finally 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.
How can we help?
In a country like Bangladesh where 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. Educating ourselves with the burning questions of Sundarban, excessive use of plastic materials and polythene bags are just the tip of the iceberg. Quote
“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.”By the words of Greta Thunsberg herself which left the world in gasp and sudden rush of epiphany.