How does that work? How can under-age children sue countries over the climate controversy? I read that Greta Thunberg and 15 other children are suing the countries which are supposedly obstructing the progress of the effort to ‘fix’ climate change.
Emmanuel Macron spoke about his country being sued, and he was oddly noncommittal about this situation, not exactly enthusiastic, but still he emphasized that he and France are not opposing this effort. He did, though, called Greta and her ‘children’s crusade’ against nature ‘very radical’ and possibly antagonistic towards some of the nations being sued.
It seems surprising that Macron would say this, given his own leftist and globalist politics. But still it’s odder for children (or more accurately, teen-agers like Greta) to be traveling the world, being made the face of a movement like this, at such a young age. Let’s be honest: these young people are not children; they are being called that in order to make them more sympathetic. Children, it’s said, are innocent (though few are that, these days) and they are supposedly naive and trusting, and ‘honest’ in the same guileless way that only the very young can be. But how old is this Greta? I believe she is 16, nearly 17. That’s not a child, though Greta looks strangely childlike for her age, as though she may have a growth problem; she looks more like 11 or 12, and it isn’t just her short stature. But her short stature and childlike looks probably garner more sympathy from adults.
This looks like exploitation, cashing in on the youth and vulnerability of those who are being made the public face of this movement.
Any sympathy or protective instinct the movement has stirred up in parents or other adults may be counteracted by the angry, contorted face and words of little Greta, berating the adults, the guilty ones:
“You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now, is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.“
This is pretty harsh and dictatorial language coming from what appears to be a young, pigtailed girl. Whose words is she reading? Or does anyone believe she writes her own speeches? Who is backing this whole sideshow?
Since when do young, callow, inexperienced, and overemotional young people get to dictate to adults? Children can be useful to political movements; some unprincipled people have used children as human shields. In this case, it’s more like manipulation and an effort at manipulating the public.
But these young people have themselves been manipulated by the ”educational” establishment which has conditioned them to believe what the orthodox establishment tells them, and has taught them that only one legitimate viewpoint exists, and that is the political establishment’s.
Power is no longer vested in the citizenry, though in our country the Founding Fathers insisted that the will of the majority was always to be respected. Of course Greta’s country, and I suspect the countries of many of these other activist ‘children’ do not accept the same principles, and at the moment it appears as if our own government is following some other law than the traditions and laws of our forefathers. But as of now, the United ‘Nations’ (funny, a globalist organization referring to ‘nations’, which they want to abolish) is apparently the highest authority. Will we have the third world dictating to us, via their organization, the UN? We are decidedly outnumbered in that organization, and yet we seem to be making obeisance to them. Will Greta and her teen-age ‘sages’ be laying down the law to us? Are they grooming those children to be our future leaders?
An internet commenter the other day quoted this passage from the Bible, which had also sprung into my own mind:
“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12