I am Greta


This documentary had been on my list since it came out on Hulu in early November, and I finally got around to watching it. "I am Greta" follows Greta Thunberg, a teenage climate activist from Sweden, on her international crusade to get people to listen to scientists about the world's environmental problems. Throughout the feature, you see Greta's life behind the scenes, her relationship with her father and how she became this force to be reckon with. The 1:40 hour biography follows her journey from "Fridays for the Future" to her adventure on a sail boat across the Atlantic traveling to New York to deliver her speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.


I've been following Greta since she started striking for the climate in front of the Swedish parliament back in 2018, so when I saw that there was going to be a Climate Strike in Denver, I had to go. I was so inspired by all the young people that were there. It was my first time going to an event like that and you could feel the energy and the frustration in the air!


In the end I left feeling inspired and jealous of all the kids and teenagers I saw. I wish I had their knowledge and awarenesses when I was their age. That I had the courage to stand up and fight for what is right, to fight for my future like they are fighting for theirs. But as I stopped to think about it, I realized that climate change and global warming weren't as talked about when I was in my teens. That made me even sadder. To think that if we had listened to all the evidence and the science 10, 20, 30 years ago, that we might've found ourselves in a better place now and with a higher chance of a safer future.


As an environmentalist, I've always felt that frustration and anger towards the government for its inaptitude to make drastic changes and set us on a path towards a better future, or a future at all. While watching the documentary I felt both happy and sad. Sad that it took a teenager to make adults realize how troubled we already are, but so happy to see that she has been able to create waves of change and how she has the power to unite her generation in the fight of their lives.


After watching the documentary I felt that same energy from the Climate Strike. The inspiration to keep fighting, and keep doing what I can, so that I and the ones after me can have a chance of a better future. After the year we all had, it might seem like climate action is in the back burner, but it can't be. Nature won't wait for us to figure it out, it gave us plenty of time, warnings and opportunities to do better. Now it's up to us, the younger generation, to force those in power to realize that they need to take action, REAL action. If we plan on living on this planet for generations to come, we all need to give a shit and recognize that we need group effort to effect real change!



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