Dedicate a poem to Greta Thunberg.
Just named Time Person of the year, climate activist Greta Thunberg has brought the global warming issue front and center for the world to debate. A citizen of Sweden, in school Greta was extremely shy and reserved. Later, it was discovered that this was due to Asperger’s Syndrome. Greta would later be diagnosed with high functioning autism (what some call 'genius').
Despite her shyness, after studying the effects of climate change, Greta emerged from her shell with the voice of a lion, challenging the world’s leaders to be responsible and do something about carbon emissions.
For doing so, she has incurred the wrath of the Far Right. The following are some examples:
*FOX News commentator Michael Knowles; referring to her autism called Greta mentally
*Conservative filmmaker and Trump supporter Dinesh D’Souza compared Greta to a
*Laura Ingram compared Greta to a character from Stephen King’s Children of the Corn.
*Chris Kenny, Sky News Host, claims Greta is nothing more than a hysterical young girl,
spreading mass hysteria among other young women of the world.
*Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted that Greta was a, “brat.’
*Donald Trump Jr. called Time Magazine choice of Greta as a gimmick.
*President Donald Trump tweeted that Greta should just go to a movie with friends and
chill. He also released Greta’s Time cover photo with her head replaced with his.
What do you think of this teenage firestorm? Do you believe she is a leader to be admired? Or maybe you’re someone who doesn’t believe in Global Warming (also called ‘science’). Either way, submit a poem about this child dynamo.
For those of you who are hesitant to submit a politicaly sensitive poem, remember what the someday famous poet Kimmy Alan once said. "Poets who are afraid to write about social injustice are not poets at all."