Jan 2020 Climate Awareness Part 1: The Truth Means The World To Her

from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon by Kimwei

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1. The Truth Means The World To Her

2019 was an historic year for the Climate and Ecological Emergency, with protests blocking the streets like never before, marches, events and performances, Climate Change being talked about on every channel, and Greta Thunberg being celebrated as TIME's person of the year for her work championing the issue around the world, proving that "No-one Is Too Small To Make A Difference".

When TIME announced Greta as their top bod last month, the news was met with both cheering and outrage. However, whether people were for or against hinged on whether or not they believed climate change to be as serious as Greta claims. Greta being right made her a hero, but Greta being wrong made her at best a fake, and at worst brainwashed.

Whilst Greta's message is the same as that of worldwide scientific consensus, it was not a scientist, but a teaching colleague working with autistic students who brought me the most obvious reason for trusting Greta. "Doesn't she have Aspergers?” he said “And wouldn't that make Climate Change her special interest? In which case, if it wasn't real or wasn't serious, wouldn’t she have figured that out by now."

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from Pause For Thought: BBC Radio Devon, released January 30, 2017

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