Young climate activist Greta Thunberg says that being on the autism spectrum means she sees things in “black and white.”
When it comes to the climate crisis, she’s not alone—in fact, at least 11,000 scientists agree with Thunberg that when it comes to climate change, there’s no gray area.
In a report issued this week, the scientists wrote:
“We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency. To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.”
According to the Guardian, those 11,000 scientists predict “untold suffering” from a crisis that is “threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”
Too many older adults may be too set in their ways to face the truth and change their ways. But young activists like Thunberg see no future for themselves, unless we unite around transformational system change.
Kids may be our best hope. In an article posted on Medium this week, the author wrote:
“But kids put it into perspective. If we don’t act, nearly one-third of the world’s animal species will be gone by the time today’s high school students reach retirement age. Some coastal U.S. cities will be mostly underwater by the time today’s ten year olds start having grandchildren. 75 percent of babies born today will experience deadly heat waves in their lifetime.
"Today’s youth are aware of all this—and when they hit their parents with a little climate reality, well, it’s clearly hard to deny."
In her September interview with the Daily Show, Thunberg mentions a climate strike that’s already taken place. But there’s another one coming up, on December 6. If you can, round up some kids and join in.