I have become a little fascinated lately by Greta Thunberg and the sociology of the public reaction to her. (Soooo much to say from a discourse analysis perspective…But I will try to refrain and not be boring.)
In case you have been living in a media vacuum, she is the 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist who recently spoke in the US before the UN. I was reading some articles analyzing why she has been such a galvanizing and polarizing force and they are super interesting. I wonder if people here see any other salient takeaways that us non-famous old people could use in our own circles of influence?
First, she has Asbergers and OCD which seems to make her immune to other people’s manipulative responses to her. She really doesn’t seem bothered by insults, or thrown off her game by demeaning rhetoric or questions. The lesson for the rest of us to to stay focused on facts and not go down defensive rabbit-trails because people who want to deflect the facts make insulting insinuations.
Second, several people have noted that she refuses to endorse specific policies, she just keeps pointing people to what scientists say, and asking lawmakers to do their job and address it. To me, this shows both humility and savvy. When she was asked to testify before the house, she sent the IPCC’s report on limiting warming to 1.5 degrees with a letter saying, "I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists. And I want you to unite behind the science. And then I want you to take action.”
And this is probably belongs on the humor thread, but it cracked me up. It is an ad for the Greta Thunberg Helpline “for adults angry at a child.” (I apologize for the one swear word, but it barely counts as a swear word because it is said with a British accent.)