September 25, 2019-
So, a short, intense teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome (something I share) is triggering,to middle-aged Europeans and North Americans, with time on their hands, fear in their hearts and next-to-nothing in the way of solutions to the issue (very broad and general, mind you) that she has raised. The fact is that the market place is full of, and is implementing, a good many solutions to the problems posed by climate change.
It’s said that the child is being abused, being trotted out by minders whose ultimate goal is world dominance. Funny, that she has never heard of George Soros, or the Koch Brothers, that she knows Leonardo DiCaprio only from an odd movie or television rerun and has met Prince Charles and Al Gore-once each. She shows no sign of being forced to do this work, against her will, and gives no hint of making this into a high profile Virtue-Signalling crusade. She is making a Primal Scream, with no other agenda,except that those who will inherit a goodly mess need to have some say in how it is cleaned up. She does not favour the chimeric Green New Deal or other nebulous proposals. In fact, she told her interviewer that she does not relish the limelight. She will go back to her schooling, in a few weeks, after the return trip.
This whole charade by some, but by no means all, on the Far Right says more about their terror at being inconvenienced, that their nagging little voice saying “Children should be seen and not heard!!” is taking over their reasoning.
It is a frightening thing, this vision of oceanic flooding, frying soil and widespread chaos. The last thing anyone should be doing, though, is attacking the messenger. Greta does not have the education or reasoning skills to devise solutions, as yet. None of that makes her campaign any less valid. Adults will need to take the lead on devising and implementing solutions. Here’s one such, in fact: Scot Presler, a political conservative, has recently organized and conducted three large-scale clean-ups of blighted areas, in Baltimore, in Newark and in Los Angeles. (Each time, he was hounded by blinkered critics on the Far Left-an opaque mirror of the crankiness that has followed Greta Thunberg’s speech.)
It’s easier for the tired and the intellectually bereft to wallow in fear, than to recognize the need for change. It always has been. Recall the historical (hysterical) reaction to Mohandas Gandhi (“Half-naked Indian fakir”! “A racialist, who hates Black Africans”! “A wife beater!!”); to Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Communist; reverse racist; misogynist!”) and, in the present day, to the survivors of 9/11, Sandy Hook, Parkland (“all dupes of a globalist conspiracy”).
As has been said, by thoughtful people across the political spectrum, this Climate Change Adjustment is: Long-term; requires everyone to, as Greta said. “do what they can”; is neither subject to the vagaries of maintaining the staus quo, nor the numbing platitudes of the Green New Deal crowd (two of whom have made headlines, recently, by taking 11 different jumbo jets on a series of visits around the world.); and, as Mr. Presler & crew are showing the rest of us, is not the province of the Illuminati and their minions.
No amount of prattling from the tired and worn-out has ever stopped the civic-minded and socially aware, among rising generations, from speaking their minds. It didn’t work in the 1940’s, when the youth of Warsaw fought the Nazis-and their own hidebound elders. It did not work in the 1950’s and ’60’s, when Bull Connor sicked his dogs and his robots on demonstrating school children, in Birmingham. It didn’t work last year, when the Alt-Right screamed at the Parkland students to go back to class. It didn’t work when the neo-Fascists in London snarled at Malala Yousafzai, for not going back to Pakistan. It won’t work now.
Only hard work will work. That, and realizing that those who try to beat their young into submission have already failed.