Her name is Sian McCallister, Twitter ID is @sian_mcal
DAVE @daveboy79 WAS SURPRISED WHEN HE CAME UPON THIS VIDEO BY CHANCE, tweeting:
''When you’re scrolling through Twitter and by chance you come across a video of yourself!!!
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It began like this:
16 year old British student Bella Lack posted this 2-minute video on her Twitter feed on February 16, depicting a very interesting and lively and animated and at times heated discussion on the streets of London between Sian McAllister, a 16 year old student from Kent who was in London for the climate strike (we are working at finding out her age and school at this blog continues) and a 39 year old public transportation worker named Dave who tweets at @Daveboy79 ...a discussion that went viral gliral (globally viral in other words) on Twitter with hundreds of comments and thousands of page views worldwide. Please watch the video first and then watch it again two more times. Try to see both sides of the discussion, try to hear both sides of the discussion, and then read the rest of this blog post below.
Bella Lack posted the video clip, although we are not sure who took the video. Perhaps Bella, perhaps a friend, perhaps someone else that Bella does not know, but Bella posted the clip.
The man in the video is a British chap named Dave who tweets at @Daveboy79. The student who is addressing Dave is a young woman whose name and age we are still trying to pin down, but I think everyone reading this will agree that she is very articulate, informed, passionate and determined. At the same time, mild-mannered Dave, who whose full name and exact age and job in public transport we are still tryint to pin down via our sources in London and who we have contacted by Twitter and are awaiting his replies tomorrow, UK time, joined in the discussion and was as friendly and warm in his own way -- and yet the exchange between the two people just goes to show how far apart the divided sides in the climate debate still are, and as the approaching Climapocalypse gets closer and closer over the next 30 generations, this kind of discussion will go on and on, and both sides should be listened to. I listened to both sides. I hope you will, too. We all have a lot of learn from this.
There's a chance some enterprising TV program in the UK will arrange to invite both the student and Dave on a morning talk show to chat with the hosts for a ten minute segment next week, if the TV producers can find the contact info for both of them and contact them to appear on the show.
Here is some of what Dave said on Twitter with other comments added in as well:
Many impolite people on Twitter attacked Dave for his appearance and other things, often in unkind ways, and rather than get angry and reply in kind, Dave replied in soft-spoken low-key ways with humor and wit, such as here:
family and music. @daveboy79
- Jeremy McBurney @mcburney_jeremy 15 hours ago
- ''This stuff makes me cry, when young people are so well informed and then actively opposed by an ill-informed cultural hegemony.''
- DAVE SAID: "I actually had to look this word CULTURAL HEGEMONY up!!! Bit harsh!''