Its true that since the 1970s and 1980s, there was a worldwide emergence of Green movements and parties, which attempted to find and offer answers to the new environmental challenges. In Switzerland they initially operated within a framework of liberal-bourgeois ideas. But the bourgeois press systematically ridiculed and labeled them as "leftists" while the left considered the new competiition with a jaundiced eye. Practical political effects remained close to zero and after having been very active in the initial years I gave up already in 1991.
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old girl with braids, has achieved what the Green Movement has not for forty years: to force the issue of the collapsing environment on the table. Their idea of the school strike keeps the adults from their duty oblivion in the mirror. And she represents things brilliantly, the leader of a late resistance - no one can avoid her.
How shabby and miserable are the assembled "authorities" who continue to ignore the problem, as Niall Ferguson, Roger Köppel (World Week), Henryk M.Broder, Pascal Bruckner, Martin Rhonheimer, Peter Rothenbühler (Swiss Illustrated), Roland Tichy, the AfD, the Murdoch Press or the editor-in-chief of the WELT and the NZZ together with their newspaper editors. They suspect behind Greta and her movement manipulation, third-party control and child abuse and respond accordingly with a shake of the head, condescension, pity, self-righteous indignation or mockery. Greta Thunberg has sovereign countered such reproaches on Facebook itself.
If you do not suppress the problem, you can only bow to her with thanks. And of course she deserves the Nobel Prize. Who else?
Wer dagegen das Problem nicht verdrängt, kann sich nur dankend vor ihr verneigen. Und natürlich verdient sie den Nobelpreis. Wer denn sonst?