Green Biz, Elsa Wenzel
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Part of the power that young activists such as Greta Thurnberg hold for older folks is that they represent the fuzzy concept of “the future” in the flesh: Here, face your non-theoretical neighbors, nieces or grandchildren. Their complaints about inheriting a mess are legitimate. Plus, they appear to have more wisdom and stamina than you, and they probably don’t even drink coffee yet. It’s humbling.
These “kids” are not just pointing fingers and raging, but calling for action from all generations. There’s reason for hope, given that youth-led movements historically have shown long-term tenacity against “even the toughest barriers, not the least of which can be the intransigence, negligence or timidity of their elders,” GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower noted back in the spring.