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Kids striking for climate action, don't panic

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Around the world, thousands of children are striking for climate action. Spurred on by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, they want to convince adults to “panic.”

The campaign is supported by adults who feel the same way: Thunberg has been welcomed to the World Economic Forum in Davos, has delivered a TedTalk, and has been lauded in Rolling Stone and The Guardian.

Thunberg’s undeniable passion is directed at perhaps the only challenge in the world where a call for everyone to panic would be received with so little critical thought.

But this global groundswell of energy ought to be redirected to achieve more for humanity and the planet.

Today’s political solutions to climate change, which Thunberg wants more money and attention lavished on, are incredibly ineffective and expensive.

The Paris Agreement on climate change will deliver little. Even if all pledges are fulfilled, the world will breach its 1.5°C promise before 2030. Recent analysis shows that of almost 200 signatories, only 17 — including Algeria and Samoa — are meeting their commitments, mostly because they promised so little.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, center, leads a march of thousands of French students through Paris on Feb. 22, 2019. (Photo: Francois Mori/AP)

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