In 30 Years, Will Anyone Remember Her Name?

There was another name that time forgot…

Alexainie
Alexainie
Sep 25, 2019 · 2 min read
Source: The New York Times

Everyone’s Talking about Greta Today

And they should be. What she’s done — what she’s doing — is not a small thing.

It’s courageous.
It’s important.
It’s so much more than most people are doing.

And in a week, or a month, or a year, it won’t matter.
Not to those with the power to really exact universal changes.

Not to white men in white robes.

“She’s just a child”, they’ll say. “She doesn’t really understand the way things work.”

They’ll be wrong. And it won’t matter.

Why am I being so negative about such a wonderful effort?

Because folks, we’ve been right here before. Only no one seems to be talking about that.

I know this is true because it took me half an hour to even find the topic anywhere on the internet. A topic that, along with Greta’s speech at the UN summit, should be trending.

About another young girl, standing in front of the same audience, saying the same things.

If you’ve never heard of Severn Suzuki, here is her speech:

YouTube-Kim Seong Lee

No one with any power changed a single thing after this speech. And since the power structure hasn’t changed, I doubt anyone with any power will lift a finger this time, either.

Of course, the rest of us will do our best. But it won’t matter.

Because if we really wanted to save ourselves, we needed to start the first time a brave, wise child stood up in front of the United Nations and told the truth.

All we have time for now is damage control, on a planet ridding itself of our existence day by day.

“If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.” — Severn Suzuki, 1992, UN Summit

Alexainie

Written by

Alexainie

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want it to be spelled right and punctuated correctly. I guess that’s something.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade