Greta prepares and paints a new sign this Sunday morning. The old sign having “retired”(above). Roxy “helping” as family pup’s do. Could be any backyard porch or patio. No one told the black lab to sit next to Greta, or to pose. He did it, because he felt like it and saw that is was right.
Then, a corrected English translation of Angela Merkel statement in reference to #FridaysForFuture should give us pause.
When Greta began the campaign in Sweden, she was on her own. She could not be supported by her parents in a one-day school strike for the climate and climate action by the Swedish government in meeting their commitments to the Paris Agreement, as she states, because they are parents and had their responsibility as parents.
Later, they were convinced to change their lifestyles, Greta convincing her Mom to give up flying which had a tremendous impact on family career choices. Her mom was an opera star and singer, who used planes all times to maximize family time and still keep up her singing engagement. Now, she sings in musicals in Stockholm. This is all known and in the press and interviews.
This is the context for Angel Merkel’s statement, “Europe has enemies”. I do not know the thought process behind the statement, but it seems, perhaps, the politicians have forgotten how they were inspired once to act. First, as kids, and young adults, then as politicians. At one point in their lives, they saw a better way.
That kids and students today see a better way, a new way to confront the hypocrisy of their cultures on climate change, it seemed obvious. They were taught in school and in the news how the World is heating up, that the majority of scientists saw this as human-made. They learned how to clean up plastics, and recycle, better than any generation previous to theirs. Yet, as a society nothing, really nothing, was being done about saving nature and the environment, but crossing fingers and perhaps praying. They learned their own countries had signed a Paris Agreement to end emissions of greenhouse gases equitably to stem the tide of global warming. Yet even here, nothing was being done to stop emissions or global warming in the final analysis.
Finally, some of them discovered that perhaps, this was all a lie? I hope not. And I hope that Angela Merkel is not saying that the entire German youth of today are being duped? How could that be?