September 24, 2019-
I have listened to your brief remarks at the United Nations, yesterday. They were cogent, as far as they went. There is much work to be done, by all generations. There is much to be done, by every nation. I admire and honour your courage, in speaking before such a vast assemblage. The concerns, the welfare, of young people are concerns of mine. I am also proud of you for seeing Asperger’s Syndrome, which I share, as a groundswell of strength
Now, let us go beyond the general expression of outrage, knowing that such is common to youth, as my own generation showed, in the 1960’s and ’70’s. It only holds the world’s attention for a fleeting period.
Your work can only bear fruit if the steps followed are specific, succinct, bulleted or numbered. Your arguments deserve to be outlined, in clear form. Your arguments, in a field as fraught with emotion as climate, deserve to be understood, by ally and opponent, alike. Your arguments cannot be “Pie in the Sky”. Take your time, in formulating them.
I love the people of each of the rising generations, passionately. Having taken your side, in conversations with more hidebound members of my own generation, I must caution you, as to what they see. There is a sizable group, among the survivors of World War II, among Baby Boomers and among Generation X, which conflates the activism of young people today, with Hitler Youth and the Red Guards of mid-Twentieth Century China. They see you as being dupes of well-heeled figures on the Far Left. They see you as not coming forward with your own thoughts. They see you as brainwashed.
I have reminded such people that we, both in North America and in Europe, rebelled against political corruption, as teens and as young adults. Time passed, and the lure of career, success, money led all too many away from ideals. Do not let that happen to you! Read George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, if you’ve not already done so. Learn of the insidious power of corruption. If you have sponsors who are wealthy, keep an eye on them and know their motives. If they are sincerely concerned about climate change, you will know soon enough. If their agenda is control, you must recognize that, too.
Know, and be sensitive to, the fears of the average wage earners and of those on fixed incomes. One of the drawbacks of the Green New Deal is that it has not engaged the broad Middle Class, or the the elders who are on fixed incomes. These people can be, and are, all too easily susceptible to the fear-mongering of those whose agenda is at variance with your own.
People can be told that, if a climate change mitigation is followed, the Stock Market will crash, and their savings accounts will crash along with it. Too many of us elders are woefully uneducated about finance. The wire-pullers are, even now, threatening to push for a “Bear Market”, so as to maintain control over those on fixed incomes. Such balderdash is all too easily believed, by those who are struggling to live within their means. Study your history, and you will see that the same tactics were used by the Fascists, in 1920’s and 1930’s Europe. There is indeed a significant body of evidence that the economic Crash of 1929 was the work of those jockeying for control of the masses.
So, learn your finance, as well. Using that knowledge, plan steps that are incremental, that are focused and realizable. Whatever you do, do not let yourself stray all over the place, especially in response to scattershot criticism-a favourite tool of political extremists on both ends of the spectrum.
Stay the course, my friend, and make sure it is YOUR course-not the hidden agenda of those who do not have your best interests at heart. Stay fierce, and stay focused!