by Pola Vida
“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past, and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses, and we are running out of time. 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.” ~Greta Thunberg
This picture above does not need further explanation. Or does it still? Are there still humans on this planet who have NOT realized that we need to change NOW. We need to change how we move on this earth in order to survive. We need to stop following the wrong leaders. We need to stop feeding them with our lives.
No. It is not about saving the planet. This is about saving our asses.
Honestly. I am sorry for the unpleasant words. I mean it.
For decades already, scientist have been first forecasting and then praying, what is becoming obvious now. The climate is changing. First we couldn’t believe it, because we couldn’t see it in front of our door. It did not effect us in Europe. Then we could see how catastrophes else where in the world have happened. In the news. Still abstract? Are in a drama here?
The bees are dying. Many species have disappeared. False alarm? When I was a child, in the 1970’s and 1980’s, there where lots of dead insects on the front window of our car, especially when we were driving at night. When I drive a car now, the window stays clean. There are obviously much much much less insects flying around. And that is only one example. There is much more going on. Or better said, unfortunately, rather disappearing.
The change will be exponential because our growth is exponential.
In a limited system this can only lead to a break down, a full stop. Scientists say, if one piece of the ecosystem is missing, the whole ecosystem will change and eventually collapse if balance is not regained. Everything is out of balance.
In the beginning it was so few that you couldn’t see it, unless you really paid attention. Now we are seeing slowly more more and more effects. Still, it is so hard to believe. We have always had dry summers, or too much rain, hurricanes and earthquakes, haven’t we? But wait a minute – now the seasons seem to have some how moved, the weather has become a bit extreme, hasn’t it?
Do we keep observing in front of the TV screen until the curve is so steep, and the growth has become so fast, that we cannot oversee it anymore because we are personally effected. The change will come upon you. The natural catastrophes will most likely grow, its frequency and quantity, its power. And so will most likely the disasters created directly by humans itself, more wars and more collective diseases. It will not be the first time that a human species disappears.
If there is any chance to survive, then our leaders must change.
Democracy could be a beautiful thing if the power would really be in the hands of the people. Right now we are following the wrong guys and their false values.
Your future does not lay in the hands of some one else. Your future lays solely in your own hands. What you do, makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
If we created this as a human collective or if the change of the climate is caused by changes in the universe – we really should start to prepare ourselves and move our asses to save them. And it would be nice to have some other species around as well, if we survive this.
To be continued. Hopefully. Take care!
Greta Thunberg is challenging the world leaders – and us:
Everything has to change
Greta Thunberg speaks at TEDx Stockholm about her feelings about the situation on earth and calls us to ‘save the world’ by changing the rules.
Read more about the climate challenges:
Sustainability: The Journal of Record
The academic journal ‘Sustainability‘ just published a special issue on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Providing exclusive reporting on the implementation of sustainability programs, initiatives, and practices in higher education and industry.
The whole journal special edition is here: https://www.liebertpub.com/toc/sus/12/2
Editor: Jamie DevereauxISSN: 1937-0695 | Online ISSN: 1937-0709 | Published Bimonthly | Current Volume: 12