It all started on a Friday in the cold and rain, one placard that touched a nerve. I’m not unique, probably just the one who did the right thing at the right time, and people listened.

Travelling the world, I listened to the science. I commiserated with reindeer herders, walked in dying forests, stood on an iceberg. When I reached Paradise, I saw it was an inferno, ringing a fire alarm to shame the world.

I am Greta, a teenage brat on a mission who argued with Presidents and opened the door onto a brighter future. It’s your turn now.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Another great story Susan that makes you sit up and learn. Nicely done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

I was wondering why your protagonist says that she reached paradise but saw it as an inferno. How could it be? As far as I know, paradise is beautiful, peaceful, with no pain and no agony. Paradise is full of positive and wonderful things. Great write, Susan. You leave many questions in my mind that are seeking an answer immediately.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago

Hello Lotchie. Susan will need to verify this, but I believe she was referring to Paradise, California, a town that was 95% destroyed by wildfires in 2018. We all watched in horror as Paradise burned. These wildfires are caused by climate change. Greta (Thunberg) is one of the most outspoken environmentalists, demanding that world leaders do something now about climate change. She has done so much to raise awareness about this terrible problem we all face, even though she is still just a kid. She’s one of my heroes.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
2 months ago
Reply to  Susan Dawson

I just read your comment, Susan. Thanks for the good reading.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago
Reply to  Fuji

Thank you, Fuji. That’s a new learning to me.

Danielle Burke
Danielle Burke (@danielle-burke)
7 months ago

Wow, Susan. I love Greta’s matter-of-fact tone blended with the use of vivid imagery.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Susan, this is a great reminder that we each have a responsibility in ensuring a brighter future. Well done.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
7 months ago

Thank you, Susan, for bringing Greta and her vital mission into the forefront of our awareness. We all make choices that can help or hurt the environment; may our choices be based on wisdom and love for our planet and each other.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

Thank you Susan for bringing Greta’s advocacy to our knowledge. I never knew about this. That’s a great step from a teenage girl. Good job.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

I think this 100 words Susan hits the nail on the head, and the message is to the point. We all play our part – or else!

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