Teen Climate Activist

FILE — Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, seated left, and American climate activist Alexandria Villasenor, seated right, participate in a demonstration in front of the United Nations, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 in New York. She is to speak at the U.N. Climate Change Summit on Sept. 23. She'll join world leaders who will present plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To the editor — Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old from Sweden, just sailed 15 days across the Atlantic from the United Kingdom to New York City on a 60 foot racing sailboat. She chose sailing instead of flying to reduce the environmental impact.

Greta will be speaking Sept. 23 at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. And on Sept. 20, Millions of young people around the world will be protesting the lack of action by politicians and world leaders. Yakima’s protest begins at 11:30 a.m. on the 20th at the Millennium Plaza. Everyone is invited, especially the young people who are going to inherit the mess that has been created by current and previous generations.

Greta spoke at the 2018 Climate Change Conference in Poland. She said: “You say you love your children above all else and yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”

The planet is experiencing a monumental and escalating collapse of natural systems right now. Perhaps this is not a good time to bring children into this world.

If we are not a part of the solution then we are a part of the problem.

ED PATTON

Yakima