How did a 16-year-old from Sweden do what all the world's scientists have had so much trouble doing over the last 40 years? As an earth scientist, I have long despaired that all the world's scientists were not as effective as a handful of billionaire businessmen in telling their climate stories to the world.
I remember watching film of President H.W. Bush talk about global warming in 1988 and thinking good, the climate science is clear and the president is getting the word out. Then came the billionaires and 40 years of confusing, conflicting talking heads.
And then came Greta. Watching her interview with Trevor Noah, she's not dynamic or charismatic, but some of her answers are just...compelling. Can it really be that an idealistic teen can have more impact than industry or science? Is it just that the time was finally right?