Atlantis wrote: I think this is the first protest movement in over 30 years that does have a genuine potential.
This is doubtful to me. At this point, most of those kids have not truly formulated their own ideas, they are mostly parroting what their parents and teachers are telling them. As they get older, they will find their own way, and they will have a very much diverse set of opinions on the matter, which means that in the future, they will not unify as easily as they have here.
Sivad wrote:I bet less than one in every thousand of those protestors has any clue about the science or the policy.
I would agree with this statement. Students, even college students generally don't have a rounded perspective on things like philosophy, politics, geopolitics, science, etc. etc. etc. It's doubtful they are well read enough to really have their own opinions.
That said, we shouldn't invalidate their current outlook and feelings towards the potential upheaval that's coming.
Further, I put forth the argument that it's automation, AI, and the rise of a potential global hyperpower (China) that will cause much more upheaval than climate change. The truth of the matter is, climate change will only affect the poorest on the planet, and the sad truth is, we've never cared much for them anyway. HUmanity will be able to manage through climate change for the most part.