This was the protest at the Esplanade in Penang on Saturday evening, 21 September – in the middle of the smog that has blanketed the region.
It is obvious that many adults don’t care about what kind of world they leavebehind. For them it is all about business as usual and growth and and FDI – never mind the environmental implications.
And so it up to the young people to take the lead and sound the alarm over climate change.
But they are not amused by adult inaction and apathy. Listen to young climate activist Greta Thunberg: “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words – and yet I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” Watch her full speech.