Firstly, I welcome that Greta Thunberg has encouraged children around the world to protest and make what is being done to our planet an issue in the minds of adults and decision makers.
I do not think Greta Thunberg is being manipulated by adults, and it is normal and healthy that someone with aspergers will become hyper-focussed upon interests that matter to them, which for Thunberg is climate change. Neither is it a great shock that young people have massive passion, idealism and expectations of immediate results.
I have long regarded climate change as mostly a natural situation, rather than one that is caused by humans. A simple look at history shows that climate moves in short and long cycles, that these changes in our climate is nothing special. And, everyone, including Thunberg, has missed the real cause of adding methane and carbon dioxide into the environment, which is farming. Burning forests and intensive farming to feed the stomachs of humanity puts carbon dioxide and methane into the environment, and charities such as World Wildlife Fund and Green Peace are criminal in their silence of the real causes of such gases getting into the atmosphere, because it impacts research grants and donations.
Since methane has a short life, it is possible to have fast results by eating less meat, changing farming practices. However, such proposals to eat less meat is politically and socially unpopular, so our climate change scientists and charities prefer misdirection to blame fossil fuels instead, so nothing is done about farming. And, changing farming processes is a challenging issue, because rich nations telling poor farmers in developing nations to starve to death to meet climate change goals is not appropriate.
People have no need to be clever and complicated in pulling carbon dioxide out of the environment. The answer is simple, and a toddler can do it: conserve existing trees; plant more trees. Its so easy, a plant pot, an acorn, some soil, occasional watering, and you get a tree. Nothing to it. Nobody needs expensive efforts to manipulate the weather and nature costing billions of dollars, which do more harm than benefit.
Greta Thunberg and others obsession with climate change also obscures the real challenges that impact our environment, the destruction of air, soil and water; the lack of respect and empathy people have for other living things that we share our planet with, as we push them out of their habitats to extinction.
The children have told us adults to do something about our planet, and we are listening. However, let us not get carried away by putting children on a pedestal to be worshipped, offering them the Noble Peace Prize for their heartfelt concerns for their future and planet. Lets offer them solutions, and educate them about the reality that the challenges are complex, and answers will take many decades to unfold to bring about the changes that these children demand immediate gratfication and answers for.