"At the end of march, I found myself in California on a dokumentärresa. The last stop was a chilly but beautiful San Francisco. My colleagues and I strolled around in the Mission Districts colourful blocks. We looked at the huge murals, read out the message of freedom and equality on the city's walls. "
"We stopped at The Womans Building – a huge beautiful house by and for women. The house is covered from the ground all the way up to the roof tiles of an impressive mural. The painting is one of San Francisco's largest and most well-known. We watched the feminist activists and kämpars names and the faces painted high above our heads. "
"In a place visible Audre Lordes hand typing ”Future Generation”. Future generations. We walked further on the street. The people we passed was a mix of well-dressed nouveau riche Sillicon Valley tech-geek-millionaires and homeless people high on something other than the state legalized cannabis. "
"You been in San Francisco know what I mean, you remember the people on the streets."
"Around the corner from The Women's Building, I noticed an older black man who was difficult to place in a tray. The man was handsome in välmatchad checkered suit and hat. "
"When he came closer, I saw that the chest was adorned with a dozen home-made brooches with various messages. ”Mother earth matters”, ”The climate matters”, ”Peace”, ”Fuck Trump”. The man was short in stature but walked with head held high. Something gave me a feeling that he lived outside of society."
"When we passed each other greeted him with a nod and a ”good day to you”, we got eye contact and I stopped. I asked if I could photograph him. He saw the nifty and sad at the same time. I was, of course, take a picture, " he said and fixed his hat and looked straight into the camera. I gave him a compliment for dressing and broscherna. "
"He immediately started talking about Mother earth, climate change and our endangered future. He wanted to share brochures and knowledge, we have to save our planet, " he said. After a while he asked what language I spoke. I said English, ready to tell you about the country in the north that I come from. He looked clever at me and smiled."
"”Sweden? Ah, I know! You have a girl with you, Greta. She is trying to save the world! You should be so proud of her.”"
"I was completely happy that the only thing this man knew about Sweden was Greta Thunberg. I thought of all the people around the world that from now on associating Sweden with Greta. To klimatkamp, to the young people's revolution, to skolstrejk. Not the Sara Skyttedal, not Jimmie Åkesson not Johan Hakelius and he XXXL-ceo, and what he now was. Only Greta."
"Recent criticism and conspiracy theories from the Swedish right-wingers and commentators are, for me, a pure shame. Yes, Greta is a child. Drop it! Yes, she is cutting class? But Greta has adapted schooling. And please, sweet, skipping classes has well all done? I am sure your reason was much worse than the Gretas. "
"No, she is no expert. She has also never declared themselves to be. Greta asks us just to listen to the experts. Greta teaches us about the climate at the same time as she teaches us about autism and to be a young girl today. She gives a voice and courage to so many which is usually reduced to the obscure, crazy or exaggerated. "
"the Man on the street in San Francisco, he wanted to save our world, just like Greta. A world where the epithet as a girl, young or autistic rarely linked to the word powerful or leaders. Now do thousands and thousands of people new connections between words. Thousands and thousands of young girls thinking that they can take power over our future, through knowledge, community, and revolution. "
"it will be Greta and her struggle to be forever remembered, just like the women in The Womans Building powerful composition. "