Adults speak about environmental problems but are too busy or distracted to do anything about it. Busy includes hanging out, buying stuff, traveling, getting a new car and so forth. It is not until climate disaster is at their back door that they become alerted and usually overwhelmed.
At this time, it is those who do least to pollute that are hardest hit. Drought keeps their crops from growing so they starve. Flood takes their crops and houses and electric lines and water. Hospitals are wrecked by typhoons and under-supplied with drugs. Gangs attack helpless victims for whatever they can get. Then these victims flee to the US border.
Our president who refuses to believe in climate change calls the fleeing victims “enemies”; labels them rapists and gangsters who will harm us. Says the kids who the adults walk with are not their own, only an act to get by our borders. His/our keeping the children in cages away from their parents, from which they will never recover. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) tends to last for life. He does not believe in climate change and takes no blame for the corporate behavior which is destroying life on earth. Trump even spoke of the getting together with his favorite dictator.
Right now I am concerned whether to pay my dues to FEMA should my nearby river once more flood my house and I need FEMA insurance to recover. Trump just promised to take 155 million dollars from FEMA to build more cages for the children or is it to build his wall? I asked my insurance people if they knew about it. The woman said the money was still there and she didn’t want to discuss politics. She is a head in the ground ostrich who knows nothing about the climate.
Greta Thunberg, now a 16 year old activist woke up to the disaster age 8, 9, 10. Her distress turned into a serious depression when she saw no one, including parents and sister doing anything about it. She stayed home from school for more than a year, all the time reading about the climate. So sad, she was relatively mute. Didn’t eat and lost a lot of weight. Then she began to see that she could do something which lifted her spirits. She sat in front of the Swedish Embassy with a sign saying Climate Strike all day for 3 weeks until there was a vote. Then she sat on Fridays. She still does even on the wind powered sail boat coming to the US.
Kids began to hear about her Greta. Some came to sit with her; some began to sit with her around the world. They tried to talk to their money-hypnotized politicians. More and more kids began to react. Greta warned the frightened politicians that the kid/activists are not going to disappear. She said that the parents are acting like children so the children need to take necessary action. Kids are watching species disappear; learning about people starving and drowning.
The 9/20’s Climate Crisis march in New York was wonderfully full of all kinds of people, 250,000, but most of all of kids. They had signs that were funny and terrifying. They chanted, “This is what democracy looks like.” Real leaders are emerging, people who know they have everything to lose if they do not stop the environmental landslide.
A mind contained by the idea of getting new things is a way to keep us blind. We cannot buy survival when the air and water is polluted. We all breathe the same air. We cannot survive with the lack of oxygen should we cut down all the trees in the Amazon. We cannot create food the soil does not produce. We cannot push back the rising seas that engulf our cities.
Act to conserve life and stop the industry generated life supporting- train wreck.