Remember how it was when you pontificated back in school days, back when you were 16? Remember the reaction? Mocking could be an understatement, in spite of your sincerity. As if any of us could forget a difficult time like that in life.

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Wake up world ... Greta at 16 has the world listening to her warning. By Anders Hellberg - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Remember how the teachers took note of your every word, ho ho, how they never mocked you, as if, how you aired things that seemed oh so wise at the time.

I confess that those embarrassing times have been in my mind since I heard of some young Swedish gal who has been ‘impressing politicians’ and the media.

The international reputation of Swedish gals usually has had more to do with their physicality rather than figures of speech. (Of course, Abba’s sweeties are spared from this generalisation.)

Media hype?

The first I heard of Greta Thunberg was the hype in the media – or what seemed hype – of a fifteen-year-old who decided to go on strike every Friday.

She would leave school and go to protest outside the Swedish parliament about climate change.

A fifteen-year-old schoolgirl deciding that for herself. Come on, I thought.

Oh, sure. Tell it to the judge.

And when you look at the details of this spokesperson, this new leading spokesperson on climate change, you learn that she suffers from Asperger’s, too. I doubt that I was the only person who has travelled in Sweden or with 15-year-old relations, who smiled condescendingly at the stories.

However, why is she in the news? It can’t be through some shortage of happenings, not with the never-ending brexit saga and now the Colombo terrorist horror.

A strange magic

I found a short video online and put impatience to a side for a moment. Yes, little doubt about the Aspberger’s but more to the point little doubt that the girl does have a strange magic and an air of sincerity.

The site with the video has this introduction:

Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why in August 2018 she walked out of school and organised a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world's attention.

‘The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions," she says. "All we have to do is to wake up and change.’

See the video and I suspect you’ll agree that here’s a rising star without a doubt, and extraordinarily not selling something extravagant but with a call to action that could well be for the good of us all.

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Greta Thunberg spells it out

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