I was just reading It’s Getting Hot in Here and saw a video clip of Fox News’ Glenn Beck. In this clip, he calls the youth of the environmental movement “Hitler Youth.” After watching it, I feel as though I should be greatly outraged and offended at being compared to the “Hitler Youth” and being likened to Nazis. I mean, it’s not like I was a part of the eradication of 6 million people, so I don’t really feel as though this comparison was rightly deserved. I also find it completely mind-blowing that an entire movement, in which passionate youth voluntarily join, can in any way be compared to the brainwashing of kids under the Nazi Party. However, the more I thought about Beck’s statements, the more excited I became.
The fact that Mr. Beck has a whole segment about how the country should fear the youth environmental movement really gives credence to how successful we have been as activists. I have gone from being slightly offended to being quite proud, knowing that my peers have become such a prominent force that they are becoming highlighted at the national level. As an activist, if you aren’t being noticed, you aren’t doing your job.
Not only are youth being talked about on the national level, there is international talk. There was recently a blog post written in the UK stating that there is a huge US grassroots movement growing, and it is only getting larger. People overseas are beginning to notice us? That’s a pretty big deal.
So, congratulations fellow youth activists! You have successfully garnered positive international attention and scared the opposition because of your efforts —exactly what you are supposed to be doing.