Since I haven’t had a post for a few days, I thought we could have an open thread about the youth strike for climate. I mostly think it’s quite a positive thing; it’s young people whose future is at stake making their voices heard. It’s also had quite a remarkable impact. On the other hand, we shouldn’t be leaving this to the youth, and I certainly don’t think they should regularly be taking days off school.
I have, however, come across some really remarkable responses. There’s a UK-based site where Greta Thunberg was described as radicalised and compared to Shemima Beggum. Watts Up With That plumbed the depths with a post about Greta Thunberg’s Aspergers. The Global Warming Policy Foundation have suggested that the striking youth are brainwashed. I’ve also been accussed of child abuse by more than one person on Twitter, because I’m supportive of the climate strikes. We really do need a better class of climate “skeptic”.
I really don’t know how there can be any common ground with people who seem to think that this kind of rhetoric is acceptable, or even why there should really be any reason to find some. Anyway, I’ll stop there. I realise that I’ve focussed on some of the more objectionable responses to the youth strikes, but maybe we can try to keep the comments about the youth strike itself, rather than about the more bizarre responses to it.