Young Girls Save the World

The lack of action about climate change by politicians, by adults, largely by old men (like me) is depressing. Truly depressing. From time to time I need some inspiration, some actual hope that the world can turn this around.

We DO have hope. Thanks to girls.

Please follow the link and read it. You’ll be glad you did!

12 responses to “Young Girls Save the World

  1. Awesome. You might enjoy this 2 minute satirical skit by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation about the “Greta Thunberg Helpline” for grown adults who get irrationally angry at a Swedish girl who wants to save the planet: https://www.abc.net.au/7.30/mark-humphries-presents-the-greta-thunberg-helpline/11561522

  2. https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/twenty-five-years-before-greta-there-was-severn-and-we-ignored-her-1.4022656

    Maybe this time we’ll listen. Not sure it’ll happen but the anger does seem to be an indication that this time it might.

    • Maybe, but I’m not optimistic.

      I’m reminded of what Greta said to Congress, ““Please save your praise. We don’t want it. Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything.”

      Inspiration is great but if it doesn’t lead to any meaningful action, it’s worthless.

      Greta’s words at the UN climate summit were spot on but since then I’ve heard several world “leaders” prioritise the fantasy of eternal economic growth. Ecosystems will continue to collapse even if we get climate change under control (an unlikely scenario) because we still want more.

  3. Susan Anderson

    Was going to post that. Thanks! Here’s a quote, since I saved it mizewell share it:

    ‘Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election, or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come . . . We hear of animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever . . . Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.”

    Reading this you could think it was from any one of the youth climate strikers. Greta Thunberg, or Saoi O’Connor from Cork. Instead, these words were spoken more than 27 years ago, by then 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki at the plenary session of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

    She became known as “the girl who silenced the world for five minutes”. Imagine if the world had listened. Countless lives could have been saved from climate-induced natural disasters. We could have spared some of the 60 per cent of animals that have disappeared since the 1970s and pulled a million more species back from the brink. We may have never needed to coin the term “eco-anxiety”, a word and condition becoming more prevalent as the impacts of our climate and ecological crisis become clearer. Young people would never have had to take to the streets to beg for a chance at a liveable future, with slogans such as “You’ll die of old age, I’ll die of climate change.”

  4. Reminds me of a Jason Isbell lyric–and that’s never a bad thing:
    “I still have faith, but I don’t know why
    Maybe it’s the fire in my little girl’s eyes”

  5. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
    “Twenty five years before Greta, there was Severn, and we ignored her.
    “Coming up here today, I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election, or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come . . . We hear of animals and plants going extinct every day, vanishing forever . . . Did you have to worry of these things when you were my age? All this is happening before our eyes and yet we act as if we have all the time we want and all the solutions. I’m only a child and I don’t have all the solutions, but I want you to realise, neither do you. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.”
    Reading this you could think it was from any one of the youth climate strikers. Greta Thunberg, or Saoi O’Connor from Cork. Instead, these words were spoken more than 27 years ago, by then 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki at the plenary session of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.”
    https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/twenty-five-years-before-greta-there-was-severn-and-we-ignored-her-1.4022656

  6. my friends were working to evict Chase Bank from Seattle: https://www.democracynow.org/2019/10/1/headlines/seattle_climate_activists_shut_down_chase_banks_over_fossil_fuel_funding

    Step up the action, the capitalists don’t care if you march and demonstrate as long as you keep earning, consuming and paying your taxes. Your/our actions need to have impact and consequences for the 1%ers.

    Troy Vettese says land use is key to addressing climate change: https://newleftreview.org/issues/II111/articles/troy-vettese-to-freeze-the-thames

    Warm regards

    Mike

    • Exactly right. We now can only start towards a real solution when Business As Usual is abandoned.

      Would have been a lot easier if we’d started in the 90’s

  7. Here in Bellingham, Washington the two lead organizers of the youth march inspired by Greta Thunberg were a young teenage man and a young teenage woman. I thought the most inspiring speaker was an 11 year old (maybe he was 12) boy named Jack, who kept yelling into his microphone “ARE YOU FIRED UP!” until he got an appropriate response from the large crowd who were all genders.

  8. You beta males are pathetic. If you really believed in science you would know that we are not getting ready to burn up. I grew up in the 70s when you idiots were saying we were going to freeze to death. How did that work out for you, you pathetic bunch of manginas?

    • @Rob – your post needs to be improved on before it can even be pathetic.

      Since your ignorance of the 1970’s, in which most of the scientific papers were about warming, is almost complete I can only assume that your only sources are cesspools like Breitbart. Your mind needs to be expanded. This should not be difficult given the vast emptiness in evidence.

      Any time you mistakenly feel competent, feel free to bring an actual scientific argument. Politely.

      You also need a lesson in how humans survive, because it isn’t about alpha males anymore. It is about cooperation, not competition, and the size and health of our social organizations.

      Which your attitude apparently disdains. I don’t care what sort of he-man you claim to be. Drop you in a jungle with nothing anyone else provided for you and you are demonstrably incompetent compared with any of the major predators or any band of monkeys.

      We are humans when cooperate and tell people the truth. That’s what you find here, but it is not what you brought here.