‘Time to shake up the tree and let the dead leaves drop’

By Eugene Perez and Maita Ybanez

Remember the Swedish schoolgirl who scolded world leaders at the United Nations climate action summit on their wanting and arrogant reception and inaction on saving the environment?

Well, we need more of her bravery and her kind who are annoyed and angry by all the lip service and ineptness of the halls of power all over the world. It’s about time we tell them the people are tired of listening false action and no direction.

We must come to reality that world leaders are indebted or bought by wealthy and greedy business men who want to swallow the planet’s resources. Look at what they are doing or had done to the Amazon rainforest in South America, as well as in Africa and Asia, in particular in Borneo with its large scale forest fires.

We have to realize that everything is business to these environment criminals disguising as community and world officials. Young people like teen climate activist Greta Thunberg had seen something happened and she was fed up. Nothing has improved and most are gone to waste and there is no future. All people, young and old should stand up beside her and march.

Greta is our voice. She spoke for us who are confused and unbelieving and felt being used by the elder exploiters. The whole world should listen and follow now. The old leaders who look down on us should give up their arrogance and hubris.

There is no time, and it’s time for the changing of the guard. And whether they like it or not, they must obey. We—the young people are taking over.

Editor’s note: The authors are promising high school creative writing students.

Artwork courtesy of Mercury News

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