A spirited spokesperson is up on stage pouring out her heart.
Meanwhile, on Twitter… things are less than heartwarming.
We know the climate change activist Greta Thunberg is still making waves and challenging the status quo, speaking out against the inactions of major corporations and governments even as they meet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (or COP26) to talk about ideas.
The problem on social media, though, is that commenters are starting to notice a trend that has become quite obvious these past few years. Thunberg is speechifying about climate change, calling attention to the problem, but rarely offering any solutions.
Many of the comments take her to task for all talk and no action:
Here’s another that is even more specific:
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That’s really the problem with protests that effectively raise awareness about a topic but often fail to come up with practical solutions.
They point the finger, and that’s a good thing in some cases, but they also don’t use those same fingers to start coming up with action plans, developing new products or services, or consulting with those in power.
Another recent tweet mentioned the idea of action and making changes but the comments were equally confrontational, asking the political activist to provide more detailed plans. Here’s her original tweet:
And the typical response:
One of the most common rebuttals is that the issue is not really just about corporations and oil companies. The real call to action, the one that will matter the most according to commenters, is when everyday people start changing how they live, drive gasoline cars less and less, and in general try to change how they live on a day-to-day basis.
Another response noted how small changes are the ones that actually work. Making lofty and idealistic pleas about radical cuts in emissions is nice to say but hard to implement. Said one commenter:
The question is whether there will be any common ground between those who make the demands for drastic action and those who are actually in charge.