Greta Thunberg has been criticised for not addressing the facts and being too emotional in her speech to world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit. However the climate activist is pleading for action from world leaders and not trying to address the fact of climate change which has been widely known for many years.
The following is a letter to the editor of Brisbane’s Courier Mail (30 Sept 2019) in response to Greta Thunberg’s speech. The Courier Mail editor saw fit to excise the text marked (in blue). The following was one of two letters included by the editor that questioned negative portrayals of Greta Thunberg as the enfant terrible of climate action. – Editor, WBT, 1 Oct 2019.
Much criticism has been levelled at Greta Thunberg following her address to the United Nations. She has been cast as puppet of climate activists.
Scientists addressing climate change have abandoned attempts to persuade people and governments about the science knowing that their efforts at truth to power are being ignored. No-0ne seriously doubts that human activity is contributing to climate change which will adversely impact life on earth. What her critics believe (probably wrongly) is that wealth and power will permit them to avoid those adverse impacts, They care nothing for the suffering of others.
Is it any wonder that Thunberg does not attempt to address the facts of climate change, but resorts to oratory and rhetorical devices, even some hyperbole and invective to make her point.
Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago….”, Churchill’s “ We will fight them on the beaches…”. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream …” speeches are revered as powerful calls to their respective societies to address the serious challenges before them.
Are the same oratorical devices to be denied to a member of the generation which will bear the burden of climate change ?
1 Oct 2019