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“You know the old saying, that first they ignore you and then they ridicule you and then they fight you... For teen activists like Villaseñor and Harte, the grown-up freak-out over climate activism feels like the fourth stage of that parable — victory — is getting closer.” 1/
2/ “How much traction is the movement getting? In recent days, [teenage climate activist] Thunberg has come under increasing attack from so-called adult columnists like an Australian-based writer for a Rupert Murdoch-owned paper who called her ‘deeply disturbed.’”
3/ ”A few days later, op-ed writer Christopher Caldwell lashed out in the New York Times, calling Thunberg “a complicated adolescent” and her protest movement undemocratic.”
4/ “‘The fact that he (Caldwell) had to write an article like that means that the student strikers are threatening to him — & we’re threatening the beliefs of so many adults and so many climate deniers & what they’ve thought for so long,’ Villaseñor said. “
5/ ”’We are winning the fight, but we have a lot farther to go...’”
6/ “.. America’s growing cadre of teen protesters like Villaseñor and Harte are hoping that the worldwide strike on September 20 will help this country’s burgeoning movement catch up with Europe and other nations where youth actions have drawn up to hundreds of thousands.”
7/ ”They also want to see the climate crisis get top billing — before it’s too late.”
8/ “It was just a couple of days before the gunshots in El Paso that the dome of hot air that tortured much of northern Europe in July — with temperatures in Paris rising to a once-unthinkable 108 degrees — migrated over the massive ice sheets of Greenland.“
9/ “In just a few days, the Arctic island outpost lost an astronomical 60 billion tons of ice underneath that baking sun.”
10/ “Scientists said the melt — of an extent that climate gloom-and-doomers were predicting for the latter 21st century, not now — could cover the entire state of Florida in 5 inches of water.”
11/ “Those numbers — as always with climate change — can be hard to fathom but in this case a picture (or video) is worth 1,000 words.”
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