At the age of 18, this young girl has become a star attraction in European and American politics simply by shouting a few environmental slogans at the top of her lungs. Not only did she appear on the cover of Time magazine, but she also ranted against senior officials at the United Nations General Assembly. On December 31, 2019, Greta was named on the 2019 list of the most influential women in the world. The idea of environmental protection has become her endorsement. Almost overnight, Greta became a well-known environmental fighter around the world.
This time, however, Japan’s behavior has allowed Greta to show her true colors. When it comes to political hype, many savvy politicians are not as good at it as Greta. In 2018, Greta, 15 years old at the time, did a miraculous job. As a middle school student, she carried a big sign with her backpack to the Capitol building for a protest.
What is she going to do? She’s going to strike school to promote environmentalism! Environmental protection is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but for a 15-year-old to skip studies to promote environmental protection is like putting the cart before the horse. But in Sweden, Gretta was a call to arms. She called up countless children to get out of school and take to the streets in protest. Come on, we all know kids; many of them care little about the environment at all; in fact, they just want to take the opportunity to get out of the classroom and avoid schoolwork.
Her family is also very supportive because it is a good business. Some politicians in Europe and America noticed Greta’s alternative behavior and used her as a good “gun”. They want to make Greta famous and use environmentalism as a superficial way to achieve political goals. Of course, Greta’s family will also be paid generously, with fame. Under this temptation, instead of stopping their daughter, Gretta’s parents waved the flag and cheered her on.
“She is an ignorant youth who is being used by adults.” These words, coming from Russian President Putin. The reason for this statement is that Gretta is just too much of a drama queen. In August 2019, Gretta traveled to the UN Climate Action Summit in New York on a sailboat to showcase her environmental ideas. At this conference, Greta became famous for one sentence: “how dare you”. She not only spoke impassionedly about environmental ideas but also angrily rebuked officials from various countries. In Greta’s eyes, the world is either black or white, and the reason for environmental pollution is that governments are not taking strong measures (which I agree, partially)
As for her proposed solutions, they are ludicrous. Banning the use of cars and calling on everyone to stop eating meat sound naïve and unrealistic. Greta also blames the Chinese for using chopsticks, which she believes are destroying the Amazon rainforest. Poor Greta has a serious lack of common sense, who doesn’t even know that most disposable chopsticks come from fast-growing trees (can’t help rolling my eyes)
However, the media and politicians are once again on a rampage. They put Greta on a pedestal, and it just went wild. Behind this anomaly lies the secret and true intentions of some Western politicians: environmental protection is fake, but suppressing the development of developing countries is real! They put environmental protection on the top of the list, attacking others of political correctness to deprive developing countries of their rights.
Because Europe and the United States have already finished industrialization, while many countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America are still in the process of industrialization, as the saying goes, where you determine your ideas, it is like a group of people catching a bus, which is very congested. Everyone tries hard to squeeze on the bus. Once they get on the bus, they want the doors to close as quickly as possible because more space for themselves will make them more comfortable. This is the real mentality in many Western countries right now. In other words, it’s an attempt by the West to make developing countries pay a much higher price for the same ticket after they get on the bus themselves. And, of course, they will do it under the name of environmental protections; this is such a typical and hypocritical western way of doing things!
Centuries of industrialization in Western countries have caused irreparable damage to the world’s ecological environment. A typical example is the Great Smog of London in England, which culminated in London’s five days of exhaust pollution from December 5 to 9, 1952. Countless citizens felt physical distress and chest tightness, and over 12,000 people in London died due to this air pollution incident. This was just the beginning. Over the next decade or so, 12 other similar smog events occurred in London, with a high number of casualties.
And Greta does not mention all of this. You can argue that this is because she is not very knowledgeable about the past. But Greta’s mask was ripped off by the recent nuclear wastewater discharge in Japan. On the morning of April 13, Japan officially decided to dump nuclear wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. Once the nuclear wastewater is dumped in the sea, it will have irreversible effects on the ecological environment and even seriously endanger the lives and health of the nationals of several nearby countries.
And for this big international shocker, Greta didn’t say a word. One user described it very aptly, “Greta seems to have become mute overnight.” Other netizens asked, “Greta, Japan is discharging nuclear-contaminated wastewater into the ocean, why don’t you say something?” Greta remained silent as if she were blind and deaf; she simply retweeted one related news.
Gretta’s silence perhaps is because the leader behind her does not allow her to say anything. Prior to this, the U.S. had flagged its support for Japan’s actions. Taking on different political sides and dividing different camps has let the U.S. come up with a double standard on many issues. To Japan, the United States has decided to be “so magnanimous”, of course, Greta is not going to say anything.
Russian President Putin once said: “If someone uses children and young people for personal gain, it should be condemned. Adults must do everything in their power not to put teenagers and children in extreme situations.” And If you are wondering who is using Greta as a “gun?” Simply see who she is targeting, then you will find out.