A Toronto mother said her daughter recently came home from school terrified by a video the school had her watch featuring activist Greta Thunberg warning about humanity's impending extinction due to climate change.
In the footage, which was of Thunberg's speech at the U.N. Climate Action Summit in September, the Swedish teenager berates the adult leadership, telling them:
"You all come to us young people for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words...People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!"
One of the attendees of the screening of the video, a young elementary-age girl, was reportedly deeply affected by the presentation, coming home to tell her mother: "They said that we're going to die in eight years."
Students were also shown a projection of a clock ticking down from 26 years, reportedly the amount of time at current fossil fuel usage rates until the world warms two degrees Celsius.
New York psychologist Elizabeth Allured told The National Post that the ticking clock imagery "just scares children — and understandably."
"Children need to know that there is a way to resolve this problem, rather than thinking that we're all doomed," Allured said.