(Institute for Faith and Freedom) -- In case you haven’t heard of her yet, Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish girl who has been manufactured into the new face of climate change. Credited with being the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement (a publicity-seeking strategy whereby students skip school to urge governments to do more about climate change), Greta was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and has her own TED Talk video.
Let me emphasize at the outset that I have zero criticism of Greta herself. I believe her to be a sincere, well-intentioned young person who has much broader horizons than the typical teenager. She obviously cares about the world, which is admirable. What is not admirable is how adults are exploiting this innocent child.
Adults are using Greta as a puppet and mouthpiece to advance their own agenda. Here is a sample of Greta’s rhetoric: “Some people – some companies and some decision-makers in particular – have known exactly what priceless values they are sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. I want to challenge them into real and bold climate action, to set their economic goals aside and to safeguard the future living conditions for humankind. I ask you to stand on the right side of history.”
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