Greta Thunberg sat alone outside her school. She had gone on strike to protest climate change. A year later, children throughout the world joined her. NYC students received exemption from school absense for participating in the strike. She even spoke before the UN General Assembly.
For her courageous witness, a multitude of (mostly) conservative, climate-change-denying men took to twitter and other social media vehicles to attack her. “Why isn’t she in school?” “Why is she a tool for her fanatic parents?” “Why are they exploiting an autistic teenager?” “Why should we listen to a child?”
They attacked her, but they could not refute her message.
We can change our consumerist lifestyle. We can live within our global means. Or not. The choice–and its consequences–are ours. No amount of shouting down Greta changes that.
the last exhausted crickets
chirp in a cool night
All of the bloviating
over a call to action
for Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 147, #Poet’sChoice
and Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Truth (in honor of Gandhi’s birthday) posted by Susan.