“What I hope to achieve with this protest is attention in the media, so that the media will write about the climate crisis, so that people will somehow open their eyes and see the crisis and treat it like a crisis and do something about it.”
— Greta Thunberg, September 2018
In August of 2018, a solo fifteen-year-old sat outside the Swedish parliament building, kicking off the first school strike for climate. In the 14 months since that courageous act, Greta Thunberg has moved millions of teenagers across the globe to become climate activists. She has presented her perspective on climate change to leadership forums including TEDx Stockholm, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the World Economic Forum, the National Assembly in Paris, and the EU Parliament. The New Yorker has called her the “Joan of Arc for climate change.” Elon Musk tweeted his support of Greta’s activities. And on September 23, just days ago, she delivered her most passionate speech to date at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.
I’ve used this blog to share my strong views and concerns for the future with regard to climate change, and have focused attention on Greta in the past. This post is not meant to reiterate those points. Rather, it is to consider the changing nature of connection and influence.