Interesting topic with some pretty complex issues:
First of all- Climate change. Probably one of the biggest issues that we as a species face with many of the effects of climate change going to radically change how we live.
Secondly- I think there is a pretty good argument to say we need to be doing more to not just protect ourselves from its effects but also to transition ourselves away from a carbon based economy
Thirdly- We are luckily enough to live in a society that values democracy and the right to free speech. Part of this is the right to protest.
Comparing our national protests and youth activists to what happened during a brutal civil war in Liberia I dont quite see the connection?
I think the argument to lower the voting age to 16 does have some validity. After all you are allowed to legally work (and pay tax) and it is the age of consent. I myself think that 16 is to young to vote as your brain has not fully developed.
What I see happening at the moment in many western societies is this ultra left wing ideology being promoted. One can see this in many of our institutions with things like bloody diversity quotas and safe spaces, politically correct garbage etc. Oh and dont get me started on the gender pay gap which is the biggest load of shit. Unfortunately many of the arguments put forward by our activists and this is particularly relevant to the green movement is this ultra left wing ideology making its way into these important issues. - So yes Arrow fodder in some retrospects.
The net result of this is we loose sight of what the actual issues are and we are loosing the ability to actually have a mature conversation about how to deal with it all. The irony is this is counter productive to everyone.
What we really need is logically informed debate based on facts not emotion. The use of science as a way to communicate this and look at evidence is vitally important. We need to start trusting people who are actually experts in the field. Issues like global warming are hugely complex issues. The average layperson doesn’t have the expertise to decipher things like atmospheric chemistry, carbon cycles, Paleoclimatology etc and make sense of the data. What is see is so much loss of trust in people that are the experts which is sad.
The point im making is im reasonably comfortable with people protesting about this issue as we do need more action. What Im also arguing for is reasoned debate without ideology influencing important decisions about our future.