Should teenagers like Greta Thunberg be telling adults what to do?

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Should teenagers like Greta Thunberg be telling adults what to do?

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Should teenagers like Greta Thunberg be telling adults what to do?

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Greta Thunberg is a 17-year old environmental activist who has become very famous around the world for her clear and critical message about climate change. Here is part of a speech that she gave to a room-full of adults at the United Nations COP24 Climate Change Conference in Poland in December 2018:
You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess [ie climate change], even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children.
Should teenagers like Greta be telling adults what to do? What do you think?

You can read more about Greta at EnglishClub's Climate Activist Greta Thunberg page
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You wouldn't expect to find grown-ups at any United Nations meeting so Greta is well within her rights. Even if there were adults present she would be right to speak out on such an important matter.
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YES! WHY NOT?

It's time some adults grow up and most of them will be dead before the most horrid effects of climate change happen to the world. Please listen Greta!!! what ever is your age
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Greta is not telling adults anything that they don't already know. A child calling an adult immature is not going to gain any adult friends. The adults know what they need to do but choose not to do it for many reasons: political, economic, social, feasible, impossible, not cost-effective.

We don't need children to tell us how to live in a world of adults.
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If adults don't do anything to change the situation in our planet, younger generations would have to take the lead. I personally think that many people must be tought about ecology and the problems the whole planet would face if we don't act quickly.
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I find Greta Thunberg inspiring. To me, she demonstrates the ability to speak plainly about an important global issue. I think that she is an effective spokesperson, not only for her generation, but for all of us.
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Everybody is entitled to his voice being heard, and there is nothing wrong generally. But if you ask for my advice for this Swedish girl, she is expected to stay in the classroom at such a young age to learn more about human knowledge rather than to speak at a big event like the UN conference, because today's global problem of climate change is more about human activities than physical atmosphere and because human mind is much deeper than the ocean, which will not be fully understood even one is willing to take his whole life to do so.

You can still arouse the interests of the public with your special conditions as you are a little girl, which makes the whole scenario very unusual in the eyes of many people, but do you think you are able to successfully persuade before you reach adulthood all those dirty politicians around the world who are liars without exception to take actions for a better world? How about the future when you become an average Jill? Will there still be willing ears to listen to you?

Either you study well and become a politician yourself so that you can do the job as you wish, or you quit the school to make yourself rich with the money you earn or that of whoever wishing to donate to you so that you can change the world as you like. Otherwise, you will grow older but not wiser, with the climate change going on and yourself a laughing stock to your grandchildren, if you are so fortunate to have some.
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Teenagers like Greta Thunberg are inheriting this world and their lives depend on them speaking up now. This planet's sell-by date is coming up quickly; her generation has been bequeathed a toxic outhouse on which to live by the most dangerous, destructive animal on Earth: homo sapiens. It's the only animal that kills for no reason (and is proud of it), that empties its bladders and bowels anywhere it pleases and whines that cleaning the mess is too expensive. Respect is earned, and the people she is challenging just haven't earned it yet*.
*http://www.passionsjustlikemine.com/lyr ... jheiyb.htm
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I am very inspired by people like Greta Thunberg.
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It seems to me that people like Greta are changing this world for the better.
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The girl is growing up day by day, but she seems to have forgotten her original mission. We do not hear her voice any more, (perhaps she has got what she wants from her public shows here and there and from her growing exposure to the world), especially when the Japanese government announced to discharge the nuclear-polluted water into the open sea that will have long lasting and very bad impact on the health and life not only of the fishes, the fishermen near that country, but of the human being as a whole.

In China, there is a saying, a young calf cattle doesn't fear a tiger, perhaps it is too young to be scared, but when one grows up he or she has seen and heard too much and becomes cool and calm, especially when his or her personal gains might be cut or lost. I never expect much from this girl, because she is not God, she is just a girl who has yet to know how dangerous the world of adult is.
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