You may have seen a video clip of a child activist who lectures and reprimands members of the United Nations, and by extension all the adults of the world, for ruining the environment and leaving her with no future.

The young girl is very judgmental toward the grown-ups, asking them, “Did you have to worry about these things when you were my age? All of this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want, and all the solutions.”

She then proclaims with the certainty of an expert, “I am only a child, yet I know if all the money spent on war was spent on finding environmental answers, ending poverty, finding treaties, what a wonderful place this earth would be.”

She was speaking at a climate conference with various countries, stating, “Parents should be able to comfort their children, by saying ‘Everything’s going to be all right. It’s not the end of the world. And we’re doing the best we can.’ But I don’t think you can say that to us anymore. Are we even on your list of priorities? My dad always says, ‘You are what you do, not what you say.’ Well, what you do makes me cry at night.”

It was a powerful speech, and this child activist was immediately crowned not only an expert on the environment, but also the voice of moral authority for having the courage to shame adults everywhere. She knew the adults of the world had been ruining the planet, and her future.

If you think I’m writing about Greta Thunberg that would be a good guess, but you’d be wrong. The person I’m writing about is child activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki, who became famous back in 1992 when she gave this speech on behalf of ECO, the Environmental Children’s Organization. This was a group of 12- and 13-year-old children, who spoke of the dire consequences that were sure to come, unless the adults of the world started to listen them, the child experts. One of her most famous predictions was that the world would be flooded by the year 2000, unless we took immediate and drastic measures.

I don’t remember the earth being flooded, and the world coming to an end by 2000. However, I may have missed it, since I had dial-up internet back then.

Greta Thunberg became famous a few months ago when she hysterically scolded adults for ruining her future, proclaiming, “How dare you!” The young Miss Severn from 1992, and recently Greta, are just two examples of adult activists who use children to develop their far-left political agenda. Sometimes, though, it seems the children are being run by their adult minders. It was recently reported that Greta Thunberg’s dad, Svente Thunberg, is the one doing her Facebook page, backing up long-standing allegations that her celebrity crusade is being operated by adult family members and other climate activists.

Mr. Thunberg also stated that Greta had been suffering from various mental issues, including depression, but since taking up her activism she has been feeling better. I don’t know about you, but to me there’s nothing more persuasive than a teenager who suffers from mental issues.

We must also remember that the environmental agenda is, in large part, a ruse to implement socialism, a subject I wrote about a few months ago on this page when it was revealed that a staffer of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) admitted it.

Greta recently admitted it as well, because in a recent op-ed she wrote, “the climate crisis is not just about the environment. It is a crisis of human rights, of justice and of political will. Colonial, racist and patriarchal systems of oppression have created and fueled it. We need to dismantle them all.” That is socialism, no doubt.

Why are these adult activists scaring children? Since 1992, when young Ms. Cullis-Suzuki first spoke out, the world has been improving on almost all measures. Life expectancy is much longer and living conditions are improving. This is due in large part to economic development in poor countries, the same kind of economic development that climate activists like Greta are speaking out against.

As adults, we have a responsibility to tell the truth about the obstacle’s children will face as they grow up, not to tell them they will die horrific deaths from global warming. And to those who use children to advance their political agenda, especially those who are advancing socialism under the guise of the climate change, I say: How dare you!

Tom Kuiper lives in Sibley. He may be reached at