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Greta Thunberg on Climate Change- “Our house is on fire”

Hello CICLO readers! This is Melisa writing today’s blog. For this blog, I want to share a very important message from one of the youngest of our future generation, Greta Thunberg.

Inspiration to act against climate change from the youngest in our society

Greta is just a 16-year old Swedish girl but she has accomplished much more than any of us have already. She is an active political activist fighting against global warming and climate change. In August 2018, she started the first ever school strike for the climate outside of the Swedish parliament. In November 2018, she was a speaker at a TED conference in Stockholm which you can see the video above. In December 2018, she addressed the UN Climate Change Conference and in January of 2019 she was invited to speak at the World Economic Forum at Davos and the list continues as this global issue goes unresolved.

Her TED speech is riveting and eye-opening. She goes to describe that she became aware of our climate change issues as the age of 8 and wondered exactly why is was that adults were going about their daily lives as if nothing was happening. Why was this not the headline news of every channel? Why is everyone not panicking as if we were at war? She explains that she does not believe going to school to become a climate scientist will result in any good because she describes that the science has already been done, the evidence is present but wonders why is everyone still ignorant and in denial? She continues by mentioning that if she even has the opportunity to have kids in the future they will wonder and ask, “Why did not do anything to stop climate change when you had the chance?”

Greta follows by saying that, “We can’t change the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.” Here, she refers to the way our economy has worked so far…a linear economy (taking materials, making them into a new product and at the end of its life cycle these products are wasted away). We have to change the way we think about how we use the natural resources our planet gives us. We must find new ways to limit their impertinent waste and close the loop by reusing, reducing and recycling these materials.

Finally, at the end of Greta’s World Economic Forum speech (see it completely below), she leaves us with some last words:

“Our house is on fire. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. Then I want you to act. I want you act as if you were in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire…because it is.”

A ripple can turn into a wave: Greta’s impact

Seeing Greta Thunberg’s actions to act against the rise of global warming and climate change has created a huge impact in even the youngest of our society. On March 15th, the first ever “Global March for Global Warming” was seen all over the world and one of these places was Tokyo, Japan. Kids from around the country ditched school and came to make their voices be heard during this global event inspired and led by Greta. Some older folks might say, “We leave it up to the younger generations to find ways to solve our problems for the future”, but by then perhaps it will be too late.

Next time you turn on your lights, your heater, sip your tea from your PET bottle, use your toothbrush and shampoo bottle be sure to think, “This was made possible due to fossil fuels”. Then I want you to further consider your appreciation and sustainable usage for future generations to come.


Thanks for reading and see you next time!

For more information, you can read more articles below. Front photo by The Guardian Nov.2018 (see below).

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