Yesterday, Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist, delivered a four-minute speech to the United Nations (UN) leaders.
As many of you may know, Greta is on the autism spectrum like I am.
We have read many stories in the past where people on the spectrum try to change the world for the better, and she is no exception. As Greta states, “It’s not in spite of her autism, but because of her autism.” Fortunately, this has encouraged acceptance of neurodiversity, which is a critical part of biodiversity.
It is natural for people on the spectrum to have a lot of curiosity about the environment. I am into the weather, Temple Grandin is into animal science, and Greta is into climate change.
Based on what I have read, she has been passionate about the environment for eight years now. My interest in the weather is similar, although my specialty is more on weather patterns.
Greta Thunberg and climate change
I must say I am proud of Greta for trying to get the message out, regardless of what may happen in the future. Starting a mass movement has definitely got the attention of many.
I don’t necessarily agree with everything she is saying, as life expectancy rates have increased and mortality rates have decreased in recent years, but she does have valid points about CO2 levels in America.
The Arctic and Alaska have especially been warming rapidly in recent years. As somebody who tracks weather, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read, “Alaska sees the warmest month on record.”
The long-term global changes in temperature are concerning because one has to think of all of the species in the Arctic, as well as aquatic ecosystems.
In particular, with the infamous “warm blob” in the Gulf of Alaska from recent years, it has badly affected marine life there. The GOA water also lacks nutrients. What does this mean? The blob severely affects zooplankton and the ability to produce phytoplankton. The infamous blob from 2014 to 2016, unfortunately, appears to be back now.
And, of course, let’s not forget how bad the hurricanes have been in recent years. Since 2017 especially, it appears that we have a new monstrous, record-breaking hurricane either topping or behaving like the other— Harvey, Irma, Florence, Dorian, and to name a few.
People’s responses to Greta Thunberg’s movement and recent speech
Based on ignorant Facebook comments I’ve read, as well as some tweets (To a certain somebody, I am looking at you, just like millions of others with your complete embarrassment as a political leader!), Greta has, unfortunately, received more than enough hate and mockery for getting the message out.
Some of these people seem to think what is happening with climate isn’t true, while others have even gone as far to mock her for her autism. Wake up people. It’s 2019!
Let’s start on that infamous, sarcastic tweet:
Clearly, Donald Dump, you were there. Greta was not happy. She had the courage to present to numerous famous figures about an issue she feels is serious, and you decide to mock her. There is no way you aren’t being horrible on purpose, Dump.
And how about this?
Where’s your proof? At least the British prime minister and French president addressed that there are climate issues after Greta’s speech.
Also, this is not a tweet, but I happened to come across this situation: Brendan O’Neill, the editor of a webzine called Spike, tried to paint Greta as a “millenarian weirdo” “monotone voice” and a “pre-modern” lack of effect. Yes, many people on the spectrum often have monotone voices. So what?
The media has stated numerous times that Greta is on the spectrum, yet you as a journalist are reluctant to research, fact check, and educate yourself on autism. Coming from a Sheridan journalism graduate, I thought journalists were supposed to be open-minded and had to be aware of all of the information before jumping to conclusions?
Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire, who believes that the issue is not important because scientists do not lead the movement called Greta, a “mentally-ill Swedish child” during a Fox News segment.
How dare he talk like that about a child who has a disability! He says that it’s only directed to the left, but he clearly is also going against Greta.
As much as I am not a fan of Fox News, I must admit that I condone that they apologized about what happened. They don’t plan on booking anything with Knowles in the future.
Knowles later tweeted this:
Ignorant. What an idiot. Who says people on the spectrum can’t make big differences in the world? Only you and the rest of the other ignorant people, some who I’ve had the misfortune to deal with. Thank you, Christopher Hahn, for standing up to him.
Lastly, to the others who have the nerve to bully a 16-year-old autistic girl just because you may not agree with everything she is saying, shame on you!
Anyways, I am done ranting now. You all get my drift, however. Ignorance in many areas such as climate change and people with disabilities is still alive in 2019.
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