Friday, September 27, 2019

Stand with Greta Thunberg

 
 
"My message is that we'll be watching you. This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. Yet I am one of the lucky ones. People are suffering."
 
Greta Thunberg
 
I've fallen head-over-heels for a sixteen-year-old girl. A little over a week ago I only had a vague idea of who Greta Thunberg is. Now she is a permanent part of my life. Greta is trying to save the world; and the funny thing is, I think that she just may succeed. Kids.

Beast and the Beauty
Greta is a schoolgirl from Sweden who is in the process of shaking up the consciousness of the world by her outrage toward the apathy of so many members of the human race - particularly those in power - by what is happening to the fragile planet we all call home. It is thought by some scientists that in a mere eighty years the planet could very well become uninhabitable. Most of us will be long dead when that unthinkable day dawns. Greta is just young enough to know that she might live to see the end of the world.

In her home country she decided to stage a strike against attending school in protest against lax environmental laws. Her passion caught on. Soon, a wave of her fellow school-kids across Sweden were joining her. She is an environmentalist without a hint of hypocrisy. She only wears discarded clothes, travels only by public transportation, and is a strict vegan. When she set off for her first visit to the United States earlier in the summer, she came here via a sail boat. This young lady is the real deal - you'd better believe it, Buster.
 
"Since our leaders are behaving like children, we will have to take the responsibility they should have taken long ago."
 
Greta in Poland, 12/4/18
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My biggest kick out of the entire phenomena of Gretamania is the way she drives the right-wing climate deniers to distraction - some even stooping as low as to compare her to the models that Nazi propagandists would use to portray their version of pure Aryan beauty. Two days ago, some fusty old fart in the New York Daily News wrote in a condescending column:
 
"A common refrain from Thunberg is that we should "listen to the science". I wholeheartedly agree. The science suggests that despite some environmental challenges, human beings across the planet are better off than ever before, and the future is not unremittingly bleak."
 
The writer's name is Adam Kalkstein. I have a strong suspicion that in a few decades, when the environmental shit-hammer comes crashing down, old Adam will also be long gone.
 
"Why should I be studying for a future that soon may be no more, when no one is doing anything to save that future?"
 
12/4/18 

Keep your eyes on Greta Thunberg. She's here to stay.
 
Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
 
SUGGESTED VIEWING:
 
Greta at the U.N.
 
 
Greta is the real deal.
 

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