Pellerin: On climate change – or any other issue – let's listen to all generations

By Brigitte Pellerin, Ottawa Citizen, February 13, 2020

Everything old is new again, as someone said somewhere, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to our kids. Especially when they’re eager to have a conversation with us.

I was reminded of this by Steven Mnuchin, the U.S. treasury secretary, who recently mocked the teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in Davos, saying maybe once she’s studied economics in college she could be allowed to discuss divestment from fossil fuel companies.

Oh, you mean a BA in economics from Yale like Mnuchin happens to have? And maybe a job at Goldman Sachs, too? Should Thunberg also be middle-aged and worth a couple of hundred millions before he’ll deign to acknowledge her right to say something?

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