Jennifer Good, Associate Professor in Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, had a piece published Monday, Sept. 30 in The Conversation about teenager Greta Thunberg’s speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit and the related climate strikes around the world.
It has been just over a year since 16-year-old Greta Thunberg started her “school strike for climate” outside the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. Since then, she has spoken to increasingly large crowds — including most recently in Montréal.
But there are many reasons why people are still talking about Thunberg’s Sept. 23 speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. She spoke with knowledge, clarity and passion well beyond her years.
What I find especially significant about the talk is her inclusion of a critique of economic growth in the climate change story frame. “We are in the beginning of mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth,” Thunberg said.