Greta vs. the Bug

Michael Walsh23 Apr, 2020 < 1 Min Read
Her Majesty is disappointed in her subjects.

All sentient creatures understand that "climate change" is a luxury we don't have time for right now. It never made any sense to tank the economies of the civilized world for fear something that may or, more likely, may not ever happen. (An invisible bug, on the other hand...)  But that hasn't stopped the world's most obnoxious teenager from piping up about her pet obsession:

The world’s young climate activists will come out of the coronavirus crisis even stronger and more motivated than before, their figurehead Greta Thunberg predicted on Wednesday. In an online video conversation on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Swedish 17-year-old said members of the Fridays for Future movement - students who strike each week to demand action to curb global warming - retain a “big sense of resistance”.

Lockdowns and other restrictions imposed by governments to stem the spread of COVID-19 - which has killed about 180,000 people this year - have forced activists to go online with digital protests, virtual meetings and educational webinars. But Thunberg told the discussion broadcast on YouTube from the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm that she felt “many people have not lost their sense of hope”, despite living through tough times.

Sense of "hope" about what? The Earth is not going to incinerate in Greta's lifetime, or in the lifetimes of her great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren, if she has any. But in a time of coronavirus uncertainty -- in which it increasingly appears that the self-inflicted economic wounds will be far more harmful than anything the Chinese virus can do -- nobody really cares about Greta anymore. Like the tale of that hapless idiot, Prince Harry the Markle, these stories happened a long time ago on a planet far away.

Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. He was for 16 years the music critic and a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine. His works include the novels As Time Goes By, And All the Saints, and the bestselling “Devlin” series of NSA thrillers; as well as the nonfiction bestseller, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and its sequel, The Fiery Angel. His latest book, Last Stands, a study of military history from the Greeks to the present, will be published by St. Martin's Press in December. Follow him on Twitter @dkahanerules

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