Since Greta Thunberg gave her powerful speech at the UN last Monday the conservative right have gone after the messenger in order to avoid the message. They have attacked everything from her looks, her anger and even questioned her mental health .
I could list these detractors by name – from Fox News to a NZ Herald columnist – but that would be to give them further publicity, which of course is what they seek.
After reading a few of these pieces by right wing media commentators with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo (mostly male but a few female) I found myself recalling Jack Nicholson’s famous line in the movie A Few Good Men.
“You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!”
The other thing these commentators can’t handle is anger from a young person delivering a message of shame .
Shame that hits home because most adults know in their hearts Greta is right. Our children are right . We have let them down by not giving our governments a bigger mandate to instigate more rigorous climate change initiatives .
Today there are Strike4Climate NZ rallies around New Zealand tomorrow.
Let’s support our young people as they demand more action from our leaders on Climate Change.
If you click on the following site you will find where an event is happening near you.
I will be in Aotea Square with my camera from 11 am to 1pm If you spot me please say G’day.
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.