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Hope Floats On
Greta Thunberg arrived in New York last week. The Nobel Prize nominee had come from Sweden on an emission-free racing yacht to join other activists protesting the climate crisis in front of the U.N. She is 16 years old.

She also brought with her something special just for me: hope. I think of myself as a hopeful person; she is too, but hers is the purer, youthful version. "It's your fault," she has correctly informed me about my role in global warming. "You shit on my future." Thanks, I needed that.

The young survivors of the Parkland High School massacre have that same brand of clear vision. and so do other young doers willing to do things their elders either will not or cannot do. I am warmed by their clarity and directness and certainty. I need as much of that as I can get. It’s like my hope is half buried by tradition and gridlocked among cultural restraints I don’t even know are there…old-guy restraints that the youth do not even acknowledge.

Maybe it’s just that cool zero-emissions yacht. Or Greta’s long pigtails and quiet, bold assurance. Whatever it is, I like it, and I need it. I’m happy to admit that they have a greater claim to the future than I do. As long as they keep bringing the hope, I am on board the yacht and ready to sail.

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