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Oh, no … not another Greta

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THE Guardian website is currently showing a short documentary film called Eve: The Off-Grid Life of a Nine-Year Old Climate Activist. 

It’s about Eve Tizard, who lives with her family in a ‘sustainable’ woodland community in Somerset and who in 2019 addressed an Extinction Rebellion rally in London.  

You can watch the documentary here and make your own judgement about it. But the obvious question is how can a nine-year-old possibly be knowledgeable enough to pronounce on so vast and complicated a subject as climate – or on any other subject for that matter? 

The answer, of course, is she can’t. But Eve has no qualms about lecturing the world’s leaders, telling them: ‘I am afraid for the future. I am scared that I am living in a planet that is dying. We’re being beaten by people who would rather have a pocket full of money than a planet full of life.’ 

Her father says the family are ‘trying to facilitate’ her passion for climate activism, and allow her to stand up and talk as much as possible.  

Eve says she was inspired by Greta Thunberg (why doesn’t that surprise us?) and one headline has dubbed her Britain’s Greta.  

Well, we can only wait and see if Eve indeed follows in the zero-carbon footprints of her school-striking, United Nations-haranguing, globetrotting Swedish heroine. 

However, with due regard for her tender years, could someone please break it gently to her that one Greta Thunberg is quite enough for us to be going on with right now?   

 

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Henry Getley
Henry Getley is a freelance journalist.

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