OpED: Why Are Middle-Aged Politicians Threatened By 16 Year Old Greta Thunberg?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen a particular video that’s been going viral on social media.

A young girl in a pink shirt talking about how, due to the negligence of the older generation when it comes to managing the planet’s climate and resources, she has to come out of school to protest.

She repeats the powerful phrase “How dare you,” making it clear that she believes that the older generations have been neglecting their duty, and leaving it to the youngsters to literally clean up after them.

Yes, I’m talking about Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, who is not afraid to call out negligent political figures on international platforms.

However, not all of them have been ready to lend her an ear and have an open discussion about climate change, and what to do about it.

Donald Trump, US President, condescendingly called her a “happy little girl with a bright future,” to which Greta responded by trolling him hilariously.

Jeremy Clarkson recently called her a “spoilt little brat,” but his daughter silenced him by tweeting in support of Thunberg.

But why is all this negativity coming her way from men in politics, when thousands around the world stand by her?

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I’ll tell you why:

1. Greta Thunberg makes politicians look bad. She exposes the smallness of their major endeavours like economic growth, and shows how they close their eyes to the state of the planet, and even participate in its degradation to their benefit.

2. She breaks the stereotype of the airheaded teenager with boys and fashion on her mind. Even at such a young age, she is very clear about her agenda and makes solid points to challenge people much older than her. They are people who are not used to taking orders from women, let alone teenage girls and do not know how to handle her words.

3. They probably feel threatened that her explosive statements that are garnering so much support around the world will undo their popularity. Since it makes it clear that their political agendas focus on non-essential issues while ignoring the major problem of climate change.

You can watch my take on this in the video below:

Do share your thoughts in the comments!

Image Credits: Google Images, Femestella on Pinterest

Sources: Newsweek, Huffington Post

Find the author online at: @samyukthanair_

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