Greta Thunberg Speaks Out …

Back in December, one of my ‘good people’ was a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden named Greta Thunberg.  She is the originator of the movement that has young people all over the world leaving their classes on Fridays to participate in protests against governments that aren’t doing their part to protect our planet.  Ms. Thunberg is a courageous and caring young woman who refuses to ‘sit down and shut up’, as some wish she would do.

Yesterday, Ms. Thunberg gave a speech to the UK’s Members of Parliament, and she pulled no punches.  I would like to share that speech with you today, and I really wish she would cross the pond and give that same speech to our Congress!  Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend, though a seat was saved for her.


Greta-ThunbergMy name is Greta Thunberg. I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations.

I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science.

Many of you appear concerned that we are wasting valuable lesson time, but I assure you we will go back to school the moment you start listening to science and give us a future. Is that really too much to ask?

In the year 2030 I will be 26 years old. My little sister Beata will be 23. Just like many of your own children or grandchildren. That is a great age, we have been told. When you have all of your life ahead of you. But I am not so sure it will be that great for us.

I was fortunate to be born in a time and place where everyone told us to dream big; I could become whatever I wanted to. I could live wherever I wanted to. People like me had everything we needed and more. Things our grandparents could not even dream of. We had everything we could ever wish for and yet now we may have nothing.

Now we probably don’t even have a future any more.

Because that future was sold so that a small number of people could make unimaginable amounts of money. It was stolen from us every time you said that the sky was the limit, and that you only live once.

Greta_Thunberg_pissed-800x450You lied to us. You gave us false hope. You told us that the future was something to look forward to. And the saddest thing is that most children are not even aware of the fate that awaits us. We will not understand it until it’s too late. And yet we are the lucky ones. Those who will be affected the hardest are already suffering the consequences. But their voices are not heard.

Is my microphone on? Can you hear me?

Around the year 2030, 10 years 252 days and 10 hours away from now, we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, that will most likely lead to the end of our civilisation as we know it. That is unless in that time, permanent and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society have taken place, including a reduction of CO2 emissions by at least 50%.

And please note that these calculations are depending on inventions that have not yet been invented at scale, inventions that are supposed to clear the atmosphere of astronomical amounts of carbon dioxide.

Furthermore, these calculations do not include unforeseen tipping points and feedback loops like the extremely powerful methane gas escaping from rapidly thawing arctic permafrost.

Nor do these scientific calculations include already locked-in warming hidden by toxic air pollution. Nor the aspect of equity – or climate justice – clearly stated throughout the Paris agreement, which is absolutely necessary to make it work on a global scale.

We must also bear in mind that these are just calculations. Estimations. That means that these “points of no return” may occur a bit sooner or later than 2030. No one can know for sure. We can, however, be certain that they will occur approximately in these timeframes, because these calculations are not opinions or wild guesses.

These projections are backed up by scientific facts, concluded by all nations through the IPCC. Nearly every single major national scientific body around the world unreservedly supports the work and findings of the IPCC.

Did you hear what I just said? Is my English OK? Is the microphone on? Because I’m beginning to wonder.

During the last six months I have travelled around Europe for hundreds of hours in trains, electric cars and buses, repeating these life-changing words over and over again. But no one seems to be talking about it, and nothing has changed. In fact, the emissions are still rising.

When I have been travelling around to speak in different countries, I am always offered help to write about the specific climate policies in specific countries. But that is not really necessary. Because the basic problem is the same everywhere. And the basic problem is that basically nothing is being done to halt – or even slow – climate and ecological breakdown, despite all the beautiful words and promises.

The UK is, however, very special. Not only for its mind-blowing historical carbon debt, but also for its current, very creative, carbon accounting.

Since 1990 the UK has achieved a 37% reduction of its territorial CO2 emissions, according to the Global Carbon Project. And that does sound very impressive. But these numbers do not include emissions from aviation, shipping and those associated with imports and exports. If these numbers are included the reduction is around 10% since 1990 – or an an average of 0.4% a year, according to Tyndall Manchester.

And the main reason for this reduction is not a consequence of climate policies, but rather a 2001 EU directive on air quality that essentially forced the UK to close down its very old and extremely dirty coal power plants and replace them with less dirty gas power stations. And switching from one disastrous energy source to a slightly less disastrous one will of course result in a lowering of emissions.

But perhaps the most dangerous misconception about the climate crisis is that we have to “lower” our emissions. Because that is far from enough. Our emissions have to stop if we are to stay below 1.5-2C of warming. The “lowering of emissions” is of course necessary but it is only the beginning of a fast process that must lead to a stop within a couple of decades, or less. And by “stop” I mean net zero – and then quickly on to negative figures. That rules out most of today’s politics.

The fact that we are speaking of “lowering” instead of “stopping” emissions is perhaps the greatest force behind the continuing business as usual. The UK’s active current support of new exploitation of fossil fuels – for example, the UK shale gas fracking industry, the expansion of its North Sea oil and gas fields, the expansion of airports as well as the planning permission for a brand new coal mine – is beyond absurd.

This ongoing irresponsible behaviour will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.

People always tell me and the other millions of school strikers that we should be proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished. But the only thing that we need to look at is the emission curve. And I’m sorry, but it’s still rising. That curve is the only thing we should look at.

Every time we make a decision we should ask ourselves; how will this decision affect that curve? We should no longer measure our wealth and success in the graph that shows economic growth, but in the curve that shows the emissions of greenhouse gases. We should no longer only ask: “Have we got enough money to go through with this?” but also: “Have we got enough of the carbon budget to spare to go through with this?” That should and must become the centre of our new currency.

Many people say that we don’t have any solutions to the climate crisis. And they are right. Because how could we? How do you “solve” the greatest crisis that humanity has ever faced? How do you “solve” a war? How do you “solve” going to the moon for the first time? How do you “solve” inventing new inventions?

The climate crisis is both the easiest and the hardest issue we have ever faced. The easiest because we know what we must do. We must stop the emissions of greenhouse gases. The hardest because our current economics are still totally dependent on burning fossil fuels, and thereby destroying ecosystems in order to create everlasting economic growth.

“So, exactly how do we solve that?” you ask us – the schoolchildren striking for the climate.

And we say: “No one knows for sure. But we have to stop burning fossil fuels and restore nature and many other things that we may not have quite figured out yet.”

Then you say: “That’s not an answer!”

So we say: “We have to start treating the crisis like a crisis – and act even if we don’t have all the solutions.”

“That’s still not an answer,” you say.

Then we start talking about circular economy and rewilding nature and the need for a just transition. Then you don’t understand what we are talking about.

We say that all those solutions needed are not known to anyone and therefore we must unite behind the science and find them together along the way. But you do not listen to that. Because those answers are for solving a crisis that most of you don’t even fully understand. Or don’t want to understand.

You don’t listen to the science because you are only interested in solutions that will enable you to carry on like before. Like now. And those answers don’t exist any more. Because you did not act in time.

Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.

Sometimes we just simply have to find a way. The moment we decide to fulfil something, we can do anything. And I’m sure that the moment we start behaving as if we were in an emergency, we can avoid climate and ecological catastrophe. Humans are very adaptable: we can still fix this. But the opportunity to do so will not last for long. We must start today. We have no more excuses.

We children are not sacrificing our education and our childhood for you to tell us what you consider is politically possible in the society that you have created. We have not taken to the streets for you to take selfies with us, and tell us that you really admire what we do.

We children are doing this to wake the adults up. We children are doing this for you to put your differences aside and start acting as you would in a crisis. We children are doing this because we want our hopes and dreams back.

I hope my microphone was on. I hope you could all hear me.

93 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg Speaks Out …

  1. Dear Jill and Friends,

    Greta Thunberg can be said to be an outstanding Ambassador for climate change science. She’s doing an exceptional job. The UN ought to give her a permanent post to reward her for all her hard work.

    PM May’s dissing a young lady like Ms. Greta reflects badly on the PM’s judgment. This does not give me confidence as she deals with the Brexit issue. Her rudeness reminds me of you know who.

    I love the way, you and your friends took on hirundine608 and made mincemeat of him.

    I was surprised that the Queen did invite President Trump for a visit. Maybe, its because the timing of the visit is around the 75th anniversary of D-day. I read that there supposed to be celebrating this event.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I don’t think the poor Queen had much say in the matter, though I believe she has got out of having him to stay at Buckingham Palace using the excuse popular with anyone not wanting visitors to their home ‘we’re having building work done’. Yes D Day is the reason for the unpopular invitation. Portsmouth will be hosting the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings, of course remembering all the American forces and other allies who took part. A dignified day which no one wants spoilt by the Trump circus. Local leaders in Portsmouth are not happy.

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      • Yes, I heard that he wasn’t invited to stay overnight in Buckingham Palace, which surely annoys him, as Obama DID get that honour. I can certainly empathise with the leaders in Portsmouth, for anything that Trump is involved in automatically becomes a three-ring circus. Hopefully it will rain, for if you remember there was another such event last year, honouring WWI veterans, I believe, and it rained so he refused to attend! Wouldn’t want that ugly toupee to get wet now, would we? 😉

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    • Greta Thunberg is indeed amazing and I think would be great in the UN! We need more like her … need some people in positions of power to listen to her, instead of ignoring her simply because she is only 16. You’re right, I was disappointed in Ms. May’s behaviour.

      Jamie (hirundine608) was way out of line, as he has been several times of late. He seems only to come to my blog to criticize, and I was pleased when Colette took the lead on answering him, for I was fuming when I read his comment. I used to consider him a friend, but I no longer do.

      Yes, I hear that the organizers of the D-Day celebration are not very happy that Trump will be there, for they fear his presence will turn a solemn occasion into a three-ring-circus. Perhaps they could accidentally barricade him in his hotel room?

      Hugs!

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      • Yep, and now he will do his best to turn it into a three-ring circus like he does everything else. Hope for rain, for he’s afraid of rain and would likely stay in his hotel room like he did at last year’s ceremony honouring WWI soldiers. ☔ I think he’s afraid of getting his ugly toupee wet!

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        • For once I’m with Jeremy Corbyn, he will not be attending the official dinner (lunch, brunch, whatever) . Also, last I read Speaker Bercow might not let trump address the House of Commons.
          I would suggest rather than rowdy protests a mass gathering of folk who silently turn their backs on him as he arrives.
          Or even better just not turn up.
          Imagine his wrath at driving down some route with out a handful of folk there.

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          • Wow … that surprises me coming from Corbyn! And you, Sir Roger, have suggested a very classy way to show him how un-important he is … everyone turning their back to him is perfect … it’s got class! Yes, I’ve always thought that I would love to see his face if he attended some event, particularly one of his stupid rallies, and nobody showed up! He’s such an egomaniac that I think he would melt down!

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  2. I can’t wait to express my views about climate change as part of the nationwide Science Walk on May 4. I’ll have to mention this young lady that day wherever we are in our road trip travels.

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    • Awesome!!! I’m betting she and her words will be mentioned a LOT on that day! I wasn’t aware of it, but now that you’ve told me, I shall try to find one close enough that I can participate!

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  3. I can’t thank you enough to make me aware of this awesome young lady last year. Was rather upset that the BBC called her “a school girl”. She is a climate activist and warrior for the future of humankind. Unless she asked for being called a school girl I think this is patronising and putting down her hard work. What a sad bunch of … insert rude word of your choice…. is mainstream media, career politicians and (some) business owners? When I was her age we were worried about air pollution, climate change etc and we have done nothing to change it. I was sixteen 33 years ago. My fellow teenagers are now in power and nothing has changed. What on Earth are we doing? ☹🌱🙋‍♀️🐝

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    • Thanks Bee! She is an awesome role model, and yes, calling her a schoolgirl is intentionally putting her down, reminding the world that she is “just a child”. But she is so much more than a child … she is a fighter, she is a young woman of conscience, she is maybe, just maybe, the future of our species! If she is not, if people don’t listen, then the human race will not exist in 100 years or less. Very simple, contrary to what my friend Jamie is saying. Sigh. Hugs! 🙋

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    • Oh dear hirundine608, the sun is actually in its 11 year cycle of cooling and fewer sunspots. We should actually see cooling trends, but we are not. I follow the research of scientists on the ground in various places (like the high arctic) and I can assure you, it is not the sun, nor volcanic activity that is causing problems, although both do of course contribute slightly in the background. This morning I heard on the radio that the second largest King Penguin colony has been wiped out due to premature ice melt (before chicks can swim) and fierce storms. 25, 000 breeding pairs have lost their chicks.
      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-48041487
      The report suggests 50 – 70% of the King Penguin colony may be wiped out. This is not fake news, and our species are being decimated at a phenomenal rate that is unprecedented in the whole of human, and researched geological history.
      Greta is right, we are in the biggest crisis we have ever seen. I cannot agree with your sentiments here. 🤔

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      • Interesting comment. I also find interesting that shareholders of Exxon Mobil, PP&L and Occidental Petroleum now require management to advise them on what they are doing to combat climate change. I also find of interest three state AGs are suing Exxon Mobil for misrepresenting the impact of climate change on their financials using Exxon’s own data and reports. I also find of interest 20 kids are suing the US government for not doing enough about climate change and their case is using the government’s own scientific data and continues to move forward. I recognize that does not prove climate change is man-influenced, but I do know “sunny day flooding” on coastal cities is significantly increased and as predicted we are witnessing more droughts, more forest fires and stalled weather patterns. I recognize none of this will convince people, but I do know I left the GOP twelve years ago primarily for their stance on global warming. Kids like Greta get it. I applaud her.

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      • I recommend having a read of
        https://guymcpherson.com/2018/11/extinction-foretold-extinction-ignored/

        Oh and I did go to your link. Unfortunately I haven’t got enough data for the YouTube videos, at Suspicious Observers but I did download the sunspot activity numbers 1925-2017. And it did confirm that we are in the downturn for sunspots (and therefore, fewer geomagnetic flares that affect the Earth’s ionosphere). The 11 year sun cycle is pretty consistent on that.

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      • Brilliantly said. Yes you always get some underlying natural fluctuations but the evidence is clear – the climate is unnaturally changing way beyond the normal cycle. We have such a narrow window to stop this. Everyday more specious become seriously endangered, sadly more are lost forever. The clock is ticking and we have to move now.

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        • No, not at all! However, man-made climate change data is ALWAYS cherry picked by climate change deniers. Granted that the BBC is the UK’s national media outlet, but they are not the only media outlet to report on the King Penguin disaster.
          https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180730120408.htm
          The causes for the huge collapse have pointed to climatic El Nino events, and possibly disease, but researchers cannot make these events primary cause. One thing for sure, the sea ice disappeared before chicks developed swimming feathers, and this in itself is an unusual event.

          Tossing out ‘Red Herrings,’ such as creating a Marxist origin for man-made climate change, is just pure fodder of an over-active imagination. There are people who are also ‘deniers’ who claim that the movement to change our technology to green alternatives, are just capitalists backed by plutocrats.
          Jamie, I think our Earth will fail to support us if we don’t start taking care of her. We do need to be kind, caring and pollute as little as possible. It is a no brainer, and nothing to do with political idealogy.

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  4. We can only hope that one or two people with power and influence both heard her and might feel it is time to use that power for the good, rather than self-serving business as usual. I’m not particularly hopeful, but if more and more people can ramp up the pressure on politicians, perhaps – just perhaps – something good might happen.

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  5. I had often thought that I would like to be Dr. Jane Goodall when I grow up, but now I think that I would rather be Greta Thunberg. This young lady has focused on what must be done and is leading the way with pure grit and determination. I had already watched the video yesterday, but Benjamin and I sat down to watch it together this afternoon just before he left for the day. Benjamin is well aware of who she is because I talk about her and have shown him other videos. Mommy came in near the end and said that maybe we should wait until he’s a little older so that he can understand it. Before I could reply, Benjamin said : “Mommy, Greta said we need to do it now, I can’t wait.” It had occurred to me as I was listening this afternoon that in 2030 Benjamin will be 16, the same age that Greta is now. Just what the world will become in these 10+ years will depend on what we do, or as I fear, don’t do. Thank-you!

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    • Wow … Benjamin, like Greta, is wise beyond his years. As I just told rawgod, if there is hope for the survival of human life, it is in the hands of people like Ms. Thunberg, but I wonder if they can get through the arrogant, greedy, spoiled society of the Western world? I doubt being around in ten years to find out, and frankly, that might have bothered me once upon a time, but these days it really doesn’t.

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        • It is, but where are these people? Not generally running for government offices! Politicians are those who crave power, so they can tell everyone their ideas on what people should do. Even our political systems need an entire changeover, because the ones we have are not working. But that is not about to happen, is it?
          Any takers for a new political party? PRESERVE THE EARTH!

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            • Start by getting rid of planned obsolescence. Capitalism calls for goods to fall apart and quit working so that it needs to be replaced every few years. Companies are capable of producing goods that last for generations, but that doesn’t produce continuing profit.
              That is the kind of thinking that uses resources inefficiently. Landfills and our oceans are overflowing with what we call garbage. Remember when everything you used to live used to get fixed?
              Go to Cuba, and the roads are filled with cars from the 30s and 40s and 50s. Not a good example, because they are gas guzzlers, but can you imagine capitalist countries fixing things to last over 50 years and more, or creating them to last that long even without fixing. My partner and I make toast maybe once a week, but our toasters still stop working after 3 or 4 years. Total waste! What else do people use that keep needing to be replaced, like computers, or refrigerators? And we put up with it.
              Back in the 1930s Winnipeg held a general strike for one day, no one went to work. Things changed immediately. Mind you, there weren’t as many replacement workers available as years later. What if the workers of the world held a general strike for a week? Shut down capitalism for 5 straight days? Surely we could survive days without working. But the captalists couln’t!
              Trump can shut down a government for 35 days, but what if his hotels had no maid service or cooks for a week. He’d go bonkers.

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              • The fall of Capitalism creates opportunities for a different form of control. The Chinese Revolution and communism, are equally controlling, but allowing people only a minimal life standard and no freedom whatsoever. That is why the Chinese State implemented their own form of Capitalism to avoid revolt by oppressed peoples. They still do not have freedom to speak (as we do here), but they have been fobbed off with material affluence, if they work hard enough to it. Regardless of the name we give to those who would control the rest of us…, the operative word is ‘control.’
                Capitalism with a smattering of democracy, liberalism and basic rights, allows those that sit with the most wealth to keep us working for the system without complaint. It doesn’t matter what name you give to it… The result is the same.

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                • And that, Colette, is why we are anarchists at heart. But I add a modifier to my anarchist beliefs, RESPONSIBLE ANARCHY. Anarchy by itself allows hurtful and hating actions to take place, and that is not acceptable. When I came to self-responsibility, taking responsibility for all my actions, something happened I had not expected. Being responsible to and for myself required of me to be responsible for all living beings. If hurting yourself is being irresponsible, then hurting anything is equally as irresponsible.
                  I do not mean that I need to act everytime I see someone who is down and out for whatever reason, but at the very least I have to respect them and honour them. If I can help them and they allow my help, I do it. But if I cannot help them, or if they will not allow it, I respect that situation. When someone wants help, they will let me know. Meanwhile, I try to do nothing to make a situation worse. Know my battles, and fight the ones I can affect. Winning them is not necessary, but trying is!
                  Sorry if I sound preachy, I do not intend to be. The above is how I try to live my life. How anyone else chooses to live their life is up to them. The important word is the word choice, which is what I think you mean by the word freedom. Having the freedom to choose. The problem arises when the choices a person is able to make are purposely limited. That is not freedom, that too is control. Communism as we know it today is at least honest about that control, though that does not forgive it. Capitalism is dishonest about limiting control, they want us to believe we have more choices than we do. Only anarchy gives us true freedom, but to me it is worthless if it does not involve responsibility.

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  6. Society does not like rabblerousers because society does not want to change. They think society has been working well enough up to now to give them what they want, and that selfishness is the problem. Society has never worked for everyone, not will it ever. It is designed go help the haves, and ignore the plight of the have-nots. 99.99999% of the living beings on this earth are have-nots. The only ones who care about have-nots are have-nots.
    Now the children are real8zing that even if they are members of the haves, they will all be have-nots soon. They all have not a future.

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    • Greed. Selfishness. Arrogance. Laziness. Ignorance. All of those contribute to the utterly stupid reactions of people who claim to disbelieve the scientists on this one. I wonder how society will like being dead in a few decades? If there is hope for the human species, it is in the hands of people like Greta Thunberg, but frankly I doubt that even they can get through to the spoiled people of the Western world. Sigh.

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      • We can cross our fingers they do, but do we deserve it? Unfortunately for Greta’s generation and those that might come after it, the human race has already screwed this world up. Not everyone has taken part, but we are guilty by our inability to fight the piwers-that-be. This was all set up thousands of years ago. I don’t think there is time left to make sufficient changes.
        Still, I cross my fingers in support. Refusing to fly is just one small step in the right direction.

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      • Now it’s no longer relegated to the West, greed selfishness and corruption have spread to the East and all over the world as countries become more affluent and the divide between the haves and have-nots grow. I guess it’s human nature to preserve an advantage, thru competition etc. And it takes higher consciousness and awareness to see the folly in wealth at the expense of the world. We only have one Earth, so let’s unite!

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    • Greta is the first to admit that she was born into affluence. Her mother, an operatic star in Sweden, has stepped back from her career as Greta has reformed the whole family. None of them fly. They have an electric car and solar panels. Greta is Vegan and I think her family following suit. No, Greta is not in poverty, but to do what she does, requires some affluence. Most people in poverty, are too busy trying to pay all their bills and working all hours. It is those of us who are in more privileged positions that have to take up the challenge.

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      • I did not know any of that, Colette, thank you for the information. I wish her and her cohorts all the best in getting something done. However, with all the conservative governments being elected in the world’s polluting democracies, there is not much chance of that happening. Fossil fuels will be taken out of the ground and put into the atmosphere. And the attached value will end op sitting in banks, keeping score for people who consider such things important.
        The state of the planet matters not to them. Maybe we need Greta’s parents speaking out beside her…

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        • I know that Greta’s father accompanies her on these long journeys (it is Easter holidays in Europe so Greta won’t miss too much school). Svante Thunberg is an actor and producer in Sweden. He managed his wife’s operatic career until she gave it up. Greta, a fairly privileged child, became worried by climate change issues at around age 8/9. Her undiagnosed (at the time) Asperger’s (a mild form of autism), meant that she saw the destruction of our living environment as catastrophic. She shut down, became depressed and refused to speak to anyone. Greta’s parents found the only way to her recovery, was to support her resolution to do something about this climate crisis. They slowly came on board with the idea. Svante and Malena do not have Greta’s capacity for absorbing information and remembering it. Greta is brilliant in many areas. She could be described as ‘genius’ material. I don’t think her parents can keep up intellectually. I don’t actually think anyone would listen to them, given that they do not have anything but entertainment credentials.

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          • Stop thinking, start doing. Okay, I’m being a bit sarcastic, it takes time to change thoughts into action, but time is running out. Quickly, as your comments on Emporer Penguins shows. EPs are my favourite bird, by far, and I had not heard of the crisis in Antarctica, so thank you for that too.
            We living beings on Planet Earth have no more time for thought, we need action, even as Greta is telling us. We need a world government (even though, like you, I would choose anarchy over any form of government!) Nations working separately can no longer accomplish anything. Our only hope is one world–one government. How do we make that happen in less than 10 years. Greta already has kids all over the world protesting on Fridays. Why cannot we learn from her. Start demanding a one world plan.

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            • In London, Extinction Rebellion stepped away from Marble Arch, ending that protest today. But there were other activities that started up. They glued themselves to various financial institutions, including the London Stock Exchange. They also stopped traffic on Tower Bridge. The movement has raised nearly £250,000 from donors and thousands of people have joined up. It is growing so fast, it has the potential to become political as well as a social movement. People are afraid for their kids future and they are not willing to see government inaction any longer. Although founded in London, UK, the movement is spreading quickly to other countries (including the US and Canada). This has the potential to become your world movement for something better, perhaps evolving. Certainly, our Government can’t stop them.

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              • When I was a hippie back in the 60s, living in the city, we held protests and rallys anytime, anywhere we felt like it. Disrupting rush hour traffic was one of our main weapons, esp in a city like Vancouver, BC. People just wanted to get home, but yet some of them listened to us. It wasn’t all beeping and shouting. It made us feel like we were accomplishing things. Now I live in a little town where a protest might draw a crowd of two or three. There is no rush hour to speak of, maybe 6 cars ending up at an intersection at one time. Being far off the beaten path, most people don’t even recycle; you have to take your recycling 300 kilometres to the nearest station. The world’s problems don’t affect the townsfolk for the most part. I mean, they will affect us when the world dies, but for now no one cares.
                I don’t even know where I was going with this. It makes me angry, yet I stay here to get away from areas where capitalism and conservatism are rampant. Now I am taking the easy way out. I’m getting old, though I swore I never would.

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                • We have to change from anger to love rg. That is the only way I can see. Anger is sweeping the world right now and I see it polarising and dividing us creating opportunities only for war and dictatorship. This is why we have a mess in the political governance of our world. If as much energy was put into technological solutions as we put into the political process, we would have solved our main problems. Politics is killing us!

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                  • That was what we were doing in the 60s, as far as we were concerned. I don’t remember being angry, though I cannot speak for everyone. In my mind, no one would have listened had we shouted “at them.” No, if they were willing to listen, we spoke to them.
                    I realise I am using divisive words, us and them, but the object was to gain acceptance while letting “the straights” know we were people too. In todays vernacular, ALL LIVES MATTER!

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                  • Yes, but ppl must realize that politics is all a mind game… it’s not even real. Ideology can be dangerous if implemented destructively, but politics is simply the struggle for power using ideas! And those same ideas if used correctly for the benefit of all will eventually save us as well! Just sharing a bit of hope. ❤

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            • Problem with one world gov’t is there’s no assurance that they would end up doing the right thing. What if corporations pull the strings behind this gov’t and they use it as a monopoly to profit, who’s gonna oppose them after the ppl gave them all the power? I’m sure u’v seen those dystopian movies of the future, too much power concentrated in too few hands. In fact I’m sure we’re living thru one right now! Trump has become the unofficial dictator of the US, now you want some nutjob politician ruling the world? No thanks, as imperfect of a system our democracy is, it’s still preferable to a one world gov’t scenario.

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              • Good point. Personally, I think we need to rethink politics entirely. We do not take regulation very well. We are an aggressive species that attacks each other without remorse. I suspect that the only thing that will put us back in balance with our natural world, is civilisation collapse, and a drastic die off in our over population. It is that, or we have to go to other planets in a mass migration. There are no real solutions to best way to govern ourselves. I tend to be anarchistic in my views. That does not mean ‘chaos.’ It does mean a return to village community principles. In small government, you know your chosen community leader personally. You have love and loyalty to the welfare of the community as your founding principles, and you cooperate and interact with your neighbouring communities. You learn to borrow the land but not own it. It is only land and resource greed that creates wars and makes your brother, your enemy.

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                • Mass migrating to another planet is not a solution. Unless we change our fundamental behavior or increase consciousness, we’ll destroy that planet as well. It’s actually more practical and expedient to take responsibility and clean up our own mess here and now! Young ppl like Greta are doing exactly that, not waiting around for some useless politician making empty promises to someday do something to save the planet. We’ve all been there and done that.
                  Return to village community principles, organizing localized form of gov’t is an excellent idea. That would mean all countries must willingly give up their power on a governmental level. The Soviet Union tried Communism, collective housing, farming, means of production and consumption, guaranteed labor and a certain quality of life. For awhile it worked until the financial burden on the governmental level collapsed the system. Propaganda from the West didn’t help as the underlying Soviet population eyed enviously at Western consumerism and higher standards of living. But what the West doesn’t show is income disparity, unemployment, homelessness, no universal healthcare or free education. So ur right, no system is perfect, we must evolve and fight for every human right.
                  The perception of scarcity is an illusion, there’s plenty of resources for everyone many times over right now! The problem is greed, fear and ego. Billionaires of the world hoard money (potential resources) instead of moral redistribution of wealth to create paradise on Earth. When you take away a person’s hope, who is poor and destitute, you are taking away his/ her potential as a human being. Their potential contributions to this world may never be realized. That is the real tragedy of our human experiment, simply failing to recognize our fellow brothers and sisters as one of us! Thus failing to take civilization to the next level.
                  If you read Gene Roddenbury’s vision of the future as depicted in Star Trek, Earth has the possibility of evolving into a Level 1 civilization. On the Kardashev scale, a type 1 classification means civilization has achieved equilibrium and does not destroy it’s environment, no overpopulation, ability to control the weather. It would meet all it’s energy needs cleanly without the need for fossil fuels. It’s citizens will learn to live in harmony with nature and each other, food and resources are readily available so there’s no need for war.
                  Humanity would have to learn that the purpose of life is not to consume, own, hoard physical stuff… but to grow and evolve consciously, see into each other’s soul and know that ultimately we are just separate aspects of the ONE experiencing itself thru us. Even quantum physics show that reality is an illusion and life as we know it is simply a mutually agreed upon simulation, a grand and spectacular cosmic joke! I kinda enjoy that viewpoint, we can lighten up, move on and not lose hope. One day we’ll all get “there”, if not this reality then some other infinite variation of us will succeed. Cheers! 😉

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Read about Greta … ‘the originator of the movement that has young people all over the world leaving their classes on Fridays to participate in protests against governments that aren’t doing their part to protect our planet. Ms. Thunberg is a courageous and caring young woman who refuses to ‘sit down and shut up’, as some wish she would do. … Yesterday, Ms. Thunberg gave a speech to the UK’s Members of Parliament, and she pulled no punches. I would like to share that speech with you today, and I really wish she would cross the pond and give that same speech to our Congress! Prime Minister Theresa May did not attend, though a seat was saved for her.’

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  8. Jill, outstanding speech by an outstanding person. I am convinced that this must be the top issue of all elections. People must lean in on candidates and demand answers. If they have none, do not vote them. It is that simple. We can waste no more time. Keith

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  9. You know, I actually thought Greta was visiting Britain to address more than a handful of our politicians. She travelled for two days from Rome aboard a train, coming at the invitation of Caroline Lucas, the only Green Party MP with a seat in Parliament. And although opposition leader, Jeremy Corbin was present (mainly for his own PR), Theresa May did not show up. This young woman had just had an audience with the Pope, and spoken to thousands of attendees in Vatican Square.

    While there was a bit of a buzz when Greta visited Extinction Rebellion Protesters at Marble Arch shortly after her arrival in London. Britain in general has shunned this amazing girl and her #FridaysForFuture and #SchoolStrike4Climate movement. There has been so many attempts to discredit Greta online, that I am ashamed of fellow Brits. Guardian Writer, George Monbiot (he is sick, but still trying to support Greta and Extinction Rebellion) tweeted his support for Greta and told the bullies to lay off.

    As Greta left Brussels Station for home this morning, she looked tired. Her speech was hard hitting against Britain, and deservedly so. Our Government has treated her badly and with contempt after she travelled so far.

    Sorry to go on, but she deserved so much better. I will leave you with this link to Greta’s Facebook statement to her detractors and her accusers. She is as eloquent as ever. Do read it. You will see that this young girl is someone really special. She is fighting against all the attempts to take her down.

    https://m.facebook.com/gretathunbergsweden/photos/as-the-rumours-lies-and-constant-leaving-out-of-well-established-facts-continue-/773673599667129/

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    • I agree … she did deserve much better. I went to the link above, her message on Facebook, and read her words … she is so very mature for just sixteen! I also left her a small message of thanks and encouragement. Thanks for sharing all of this, Colette! In fact, you’re the one who first told me of her last year, as I recall. I’m gonna have to start paying you for being my researcher! 😉 Speaking of which, I suppose you’ve noticed I put the Assange piece aside for the time being? Not because I feared anything, simply because in my current state of being rather depressed, it required more time & effort than I felt like going to … I may yet re-visit it.

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  10. She is brilliant. May is so out of touch, just concerned about her inflated ego and staying in office as king as possible. The other party leaders (especially Corbyn) are on board on this issue. We have a glimmer of hope from the normally loathsome Michael Gove. He never shuns an opportunity to push his chances of becoming PM. It looks like he sees some votes in trying to jump on the bandwagon.

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  11. Greta won’t go to the USA because she won’t fly. Amazing hearing her talk on BBC Radio 4 to presenters who usually give everyone a good grilling! Amused newspaper commentators last night commented how ‘Green Party leader Caroline Lucas has been banging on for years about this without anyone listening, now MPs listening to Greta’.

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    • Hmmm … then perhaps she could address Congress via satellite or the internet? I understand Ms. Lucas was the one who first initiated the visit by Greta? I wonder if her visit/speech will have any effect on policy? I hope so, but I’m not holding my breath. I think the average person hearing her will make a bigger difference.

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      • Well, we might have a better idea on May 2nd when UK is supposed to release its climate policy. But quite honestly, I’m not expecting anything useful or radical enough. Theresa May tweeted a Government video on how climate change is being addressed. It was actually pathetic, sounding like a 1970’s promo piece. Propaganda and inaction is all we get. My husband will continue all his polluting (diesel car, diesel powered boat (our home) and so on) until they are mandated illegal. He is not going to waste them to buy any more new goods that are not yet up to the task. It really is up to Government to legislate and give subsidies for green energy development. No one else will do it. Meanwhile, the UK Government has cut off all the Green Energy Subsidies, and is promoting Fracking for shale gas as our answer for self sufficiency. The only self sufficiency British people will have is to watch their wildlife and crops die while they tuck themselves inside their British gas heated homes, moaning about the lack of food. 😡

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