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Why Our Climate Striking Children Give Us Hope for the Future

Mark Maslin on new protests with a difference

Why Our Climate Striking Children Give Us Hope for the Future

Why has the world changed and why are expensive environmental lobbyists being ignored? Why have ordinary people realized that climate change is worse than they thought and decided to go on climate protests? And why are school children all around the world going on school strikes?

To answer these questions, Professor Mark Maslin decided to interview his 13-year-old daughter Abbie, who went to a climate strike in May, and will join the next one and all the others planned. He reported her responses in The Globe Post, the flagship news outlet of The Globe Post Media, a U.S. digital media organization launched in 2016.

In summary, they were:

Abbie, why did you go on strike? I want to convince people that global warming is more important than anything else.

What do you think adults should do to fix the climate? I think everyone should have an electric car.

What did you think of your first climate protest? I felt like we were making a difference. Why can’t we bottle all that positive energy and make the world better?

Will you go to the next climate schools strike? Me and my friends will go to as many as it takes to change the views of adults, as they do not seem to care.

What would you say to people who insult Thunberg and other people protesting? I am sad that people feel so threatened by young people wanting to make the world a better place for everyone that they have to attack and insult us.

Mark comments:

The climate strikes are important because they empower young people who feel ignored. My daughter feels like she, and normal people like her, can make a difference. It has also made them realize at a very young age that certain people will do nearly anything to maintain the status quo and of course, their power.

My daughter is part of the first truly globalized generation. Through her phone and tablet she can engage with almost every single person on the planet. She can collect knowledge from anywhere at the click of a button. Abbie’s generation knows the science of climate change is real and can see through the deniers’ lies because this generation does not access traditional media – in fact, they bypass it.

What struck me most was my daughter’s views on politicians. She does not understand why our leaders are not doing the right thing. This is a view repeated again and again in the marches. The next generation will demand better leaders, ones that really care about the people and the planet.

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The Globe Post: 12.9.2019


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