Greta's race is not a benefit to the movement. Nor is it a key component of her likeability or influence. It is a hindrance to the movement.
If we are to have any hope of limiting the impacts of climate change, we will need to persuade developing countries to embrace sustainable development. In the shadow of colonialism, this is not going to be an easy task.
How do you persuade swathes of the developing emerging African continent to eschew fossil fuels? The entire continent contributes less than 3% of total emissions. It has been the closest thing to blameless in causing the climate emergency. Yet it will have to take sustainable paths to development if we are to keep emissions down.
This smacks of 'White Saviourism' and 'colonialism 2.0'. Putting a white girl at the front of the movement will do nothing to help endear the climate change movement and its objectives to developing nations' populations and governments.
To help the movement appeal to countries like India, Brazil, and other large developing nations, the movement will need to put minority voices at the forefront.