• Saturday , 28 January 2023

Governments are betraying youth

Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg is an instant hero to many of the world’s youth today.

Even to many adults, after listening to the Swedish activist address the United Nations on climate change recently.

It was truly inspiring.

“I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you,” she said.

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

Thunberg said people are suffering and dying from climate change, yet world leaders are still ignoring 30 years of science.

“Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Thunberg accused our leaders of not being mature enough to tell it like it is because the climate change “numbers” are too uncomfortable.

The girl is right when she says that governments are betraying youth by their inaction.

“The world is waking up and change is coming whether you like it or not,” she said, concluding her speech.

Too bad Thunberg wasn’t old enough to occupy one of those United Nations or presidential seats. Would be nice to see her with that kind of power.

What our so-called leaders don’t seem to realize is that if we destroy the earth with our continued greed, there won’t be any economic growth to prosper from.

What good are Trans Mountain pipeline jobs when you don’t have a healthy, sustainable planet? Is this the legacy we want to leave our children and their children?

Climate change is happening faster than we think, with global warming having devastating effects all over the world year after year.

We can’t afford the lip service any longer; it’s time to get serious.

Let’s put our federal election candidates on the spot by asking them how their party will curtail climate change to ensure a sustainable future.

Thumbs up to our youth for staging climate strikes to get the government’s attention.

It is time we listened and stopped letting our greed get the better of us.

Lyonel Doherty is the editor of the Oliver Chronicle.

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