When Children Protest, Adults Should Tell them the Truth - Quillette


I was reminded of the above article from reading @eleprocon’s recent story shared on Ideapod:

Here’s the conclusion of the Quillette article above. I think it raises some very important questions:

The climate debate is a complicated one. It requires the careful weighing of interests and trade-offs, not the uncompromising fanaticism of an absolutist. A sixteen-year-old should not be expected to see all the nuances, but as adults, we should expose her ideas for what they are: undemocratic, fatalistic, and bereft of the hope and optimism needed to effect consequential change. Thunberg’s speeches and Manichean worldview do not offer realistic answers to the problems we face. Even if her most alarming predictions turn out to be true, solutions will have to rely upon innovation and a realistic assessment of what is possible. Activism might be driven by passionate conviction and founded on good intentions, but as Saul Alinsky, the radical American writer and community organiser, once observed: “Young protagonists are one moment reminiscent of the idealistic early Christians, yet they also urge violence and cry, ‘Burn the system down!’ They have no illusions about the system, but plenty of illusions about the way to change our world.”


It’s hard to debate about climate change when we are debating about in on an iPhone or iPad or whatever cellphone or gadget you may have, that contribute a lot to the climate change. That would make us hypocrites.