Lots of right-wingers appear to be really upset with the latest progressive prodigy and her antics and take them quite seriously, yet it's my opinion that those who support the traditional way of life (not necessarily "conservatives" if you know what I mean) have no dog in this fight.
While I don't really buy into CO2 driven climate change doctrine (climate changes all the time, we don't really know what causes it), I also don't think that the environmental issues are the domain of the left. All decent folks should be worried about the pollution of our oceans with plastic, deforestation, disappearance of insects, poisonous chemicals used in agriculture etc etc. Yes, "climate plan" sounds rather ridiculous, but if it means planting more trees, I don't mind.
There is an Eastern proverb which says, "let the infidel school the unbeliever" and that's how I feel about this whole controversy. It's difficult for me to sympathise with the other side of the debate, the one which fuels modern consumerism. As a housewife, for years I have been doing many of the things which progressives insist are so good for the environment. I last took a flight 8 years ago and it was inside Europe (1 hour). We never go on overseas vacations in some exotic lands.
I walk, bicycle or use public transportation since my husband takes our family car to work every day. My thermostat is set to 18*C during the day (used to be 17 and would go down again if the prices rise significantly) and 15*C at night and only goes to 19*C during the weekends and after 5 p.m. and though we own a small portable air conditioner it's only turned on when the temperature downstairs raises higher than 26*C. It's always turned out at night and we don't have air conditioning in the bedrooms. Our house is old but well isolated, I try to save water, I have a community garden, you name it.
My friends who are housewives live in a similar manner. Collectively, we have been looked down upon and mocked by the people who consider it a necessity of life to own a 7 bedroom home for a family of 4 where they proceed to pave the garden with tiles because they have no time to maintain it, where the mother goes to work so that they can park 5 cars outside (and we have an awful problem with parking lots in the cities), by those who take luxury vacations 4 times a year flying to far away destinations and so on and so forth.
Along comes Greta and starts scolding them for their environment-unfriendly ways. Am I supposed to feel pity for them? It's now my turn to virtue-signal, as I'm doing my best to live a "sustainable lifestyle". I don't contribute to traffic jams and air pollution by driving to work every day , and to deforestation by insisting on owning a villa in what used to be a nature reserve. I don't use tons of natgas to warm my mansion. I recycle by buying second hand clothes and reusing things I get from my friends.
So whatever, let them fight it out between themselves. I couldn't care less and so should you.