Note — Mar 17, 2019

Greta Thunberg, Schoolgirl Climate Change Warrior

On top of what Thunberg is accomplishing (at least in bringing awareness, we’ll see about effects on policies as manifestations grow), isn’t it one more weird twist of our times that as anti-vaccination is so present in the media, in part because of a debunked report on an autism link, a young woman on the spectrum would have such presence an impact on our imagination?

“I overthink. Some people can just let things go, but I can’t, especially if there’s something that worries me or makes me sad. I remember when I was younger, and in school, our teachers showed us films of plastic in the ocean, starving polar bears and so on. I cried through all the movies. My classmates were concerned when they watched the film, but when it stopped, they started thinking about other things. I couldn’t do that. Those pictures were stuck in my head.” […]

People with selective mutism typically do not suffer from an inability to talk; rather, they choose not to engage in conversations they do not consider worthwhile. An associated characteristic is a tendency to worry more than other people. Thunberg has since weaponised this in meetings with political leaders, and with billionaire entrepreneurs in Davos. […]

The girl who once slipped into despair is now a beacon of hope. One after another, veteran campaigners and grizzled scientists have described her as the best news for the climate movement in decades.