In the movie version of “The Climate Crisis” currently unfolding, the heroes arrive at the what is very near the end — with mere seconds left before the Earth implodes — and rescue the planet. The heroes, it must be said, look awfully young…
Cue these young heroes in about a week and a half, when on March 15, the School Strike 4 Climate will be an international day of student walkouts from school. Their actions will grab headlines and force the news cycle — and public- and private-sector leaders — to address the realities of our planetary climate crisis.
Consider Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year old who burst onto the international scene at the UN’s annual Climate Conference, held last yer in Poland, chastising leaders by telling them, “You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet.”
Then there’s American Alexandria Villasenor, just 13, who has taken off from school every Friday since December to protest climate change in front of the UN.
And there’s the Sunrise Movement and other student-led environmental-activist groups, who have made headlines protesting American politicians in both parties, notably Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Dianne Feinstein.
Many of these new young heroes — including Thunberg — were inspired by other teens, from Parkland, Florida: high school students who forged a movement out of a tragedy, a Florida school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 of their classmates.
In less than two weeks, the world will be inspired by the impact of all of these young people.