Many of the attendees were young people who were skipping school after Swedish teenager and global climate activist Greta Thunberg put out a call to action and encouraged teenagers, in so many words, to make their voices heard before it was too late.
In response to the protests, one Australian media figure, in particular, was particularly incensed at what he viewed as young folks being spoiled and brainwashed and took to the airwaves to voice his frustrations over the hypocrisy of those young climate activists, many of who are actually pampered snobs being shamelessly used and carefully manipulated by adults who should know better.
Video of that segment in which the man – conservative commentator Alan Jones – reads a piece called “Growing up” that someone sent to him going off on Thunberg and other youth climate change activists recently began circulating again on Twitter, Rumble, and other social media platforms and has since gone viral.
It’s a great clip, a classic for sure. Below is the transcript and below that is the video, which was juxtaposed next to Thunberg’s now-infamous “how dare you!” speech at the United Nations, which she gave a few days after the protests (transcript below the video window):
“To all the school kids going on strike for climate change, you’re the first generation who’ve required air conditioning in every classroom. You want TV in every room and your classes are all computerized. You spend all day and night on electronic devices.
More than ever you don’t walk or ride bikes to school, but you arrive in caravans of private cars that choke suburban roads and worsen rush-hour traffic. You’re the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever. And update perfectly good, expensive, luxury items to stay trendy. Your entertainment comes from electric devices.
Furthermore, the people driving your protests are the same people who insist on artificially inflating the population growth through immigration, which increases the need for energy, manufacturing, and transport. The more people we have, the more forest and bushland we clear, the more of the environment that’s destroyed.
How about this? Tell your teachers to switch off the aircon, walk or ride to school, switch off your devices and read a book, make a sandwich instead of buying manufactured fast food.
No, none of this will happen, because, the piece says, ‘you’re selfish, badly educated, virtue-signaling little turds inspired by the adults around you who crave a feeling of having a noble cause while they indulge themselves in Western luxury and unprecedented quality of life’.
The piece ends by saying ‘wake up, grow up, and shut up until you’re sure of the facts before protesting.'”
Can’t argue with that! In a slightly different version of the clip where Jones notes he wants to send the piece he read to climate fraudster Al Gore.