Change is coming…
On 15 December 2018 Greta Thunberg spoke on behalf of today’s youth. I would argue she spoke on behalf of the world.
At just 15 years old she accomplished what many adults have not had the courage to do. Standing up to those yielding the power and telling it exactly as it is; bringing this uncomfortable conversation to the forefront of politics: the system is broken, and the way we change the world is by changing the rules.
Her actions will go down in history as a game changer. In one short speech she took their political power away, handing it over instead to those currently too young to vote for change; enabling them to influence politicians by alternative action. Is activism the only route left for our children? Surely there has to be a better way!
“…if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.”
Greta Thunberg, UN Climate Change COP24 Conference, Poland 2018
Greta’s moving speeches may have only been met with a weak applause, by those attending COP24 and the World Economic Forum, yet it is time for those with the power and the influence to sit up and pay attention. They may not be ready to give her a standing ovation, however her #FridayforFuture movement is gaining strong support and publicity that will influence change. It is time to act, change is coming.
Students from across Europe are already carrying out regular strike action, and this Friday, 15th March 2019, we will see the first coordinated youth strike taking place in over 55 countries.
Greta’s actions have inspired the youth of this world. In providing those who are not yet legally able to vote an alternative platform, she’s enabling them in taking action for preventing ‘their futures from being stolen in front of their own eyes’ while engaging many of us in much needed , albeit difficult conversations.
In Greta’s words:
“We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people”.
There has to be a better way…
Is this not a conflict we wish to avoid? Our children walking the streets in protest while the political leaders of this world stand by making even weaker pledges; with many people thinking ‘it’s not our problem, it’s a future problem’ or it’s not a problem at all?
Or is this a conflict that is necessary, for all us ‘grown ups’ to sit up, take notice, and to start taking action. Our children are extremely concerned, should we not be?
I believe we can all agree it should not come to this, though as Greta points out:
“…What do we do when there is no political will? What do we do when the politics needed are nowhere in sight?”
Greta Thunberg, World Economic Forum, Davos 2019
Climate deniers and activists alike, I ask whatever the cause, is it not in all of our best interests to take a stand together and to get things done? If for nothing more than to support our children; the younger generation who will no doubt feel the greater burden of our current lifestyles. Sitting back, doing nothing in the hope that technology will find a way by then is simply not good enough, is it?
“I want you to act as you would in a crisis; I want you to act as if the house was on fire, because it is.”
You are the witnesses…
I believe my own eyes, when I see the flood waters swallowing up local towns; I believe the strain on my lungs, when breathing in the polluted city air; I believe my empty purse, with the increase in price of groceries and oil; and I believe the waves of environmental immigrants, who’ve lost their homes due to our western lifestyles.
If the IPCC’s evidence is not good enough how about the proof in what you see, or feel, or witness. Does that not give rise that global action is needed? Does that not make you think we’re all in this together?
Whether you are a climate activist or an environmental denier can we not find the common ground?
Does it matter the cause, natural or man made?
Should it take our children to stand up in protest for us to act?
In her speech at COP 24 Greta points out:
“you are never too small to make a difference”.
It is time to make that difference.
Greta’s right, the conversations may be uncomfortable, and we may be unpopular by proposing actions that in her words ‘pull the emergency break’; let’s put the conflict aside and finally agree something does need done?
“We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis”
As Greta highlights…
“…imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to.”
Let’s start doing what needs to be done.
Our House IS on fire.
Stand up and give this Girl the ovation she deserves.
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Written by Sue Baker.
Founder and Chief Energizer at Sustain-a-Bill.co.uk
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