Greta for the future

There is a young, Swedish girl who has meant more to the fight for the environment than many others. She has influenced the environmental struggle around the world and has faced the steam of the greatest leaders. Although many have just ignored or mocked her, she has continued to pursue her cause.

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg began a strike for the climate. Then almost no one knew who she was. Six months later, everyone knew her; her climate strike “Fridays for Future” had spread around the world. Since then, she has spoken at the UN and directly with world leaders.

When she was going to hold a weekend seminar, I took my son with me and we went there to learn more.

Background

Greta started the weekend by telling about the background to why she started her fight.

Two years ago, she was the source of inspiration for demonstrations that involved millions of children and young people around the world. Greta Thunberg was only fifteen years old when she began her school strike for the climate. The pandemic has forced her and other children to stop the street protests.

She sees parallels between how the children have been handled in the climate issue and during the pandemic.

“There are many parallels you can draw there. That we are so selfish that we only think of ourselves and that the children come second. Which is very strange. Naturally, you should think of the children in the first place and that you to some extent sacrifice your own comfort in order for the children to get better. But we do not. Both when it comes to climate and there are tendencies when it comes to the pandemic as well.”

Pandemic has opened eyes

Greta Thunberg also says that the pandemic made her re-evaluate the climate movement’s methods and message. It is often said that no one benefits from presenting overly pessimistic or dystopian future scenarios about life on a warmer planet – because it risks paralyzing people rather than leading to change. The pandemic has shown us that it is just the opposite.

People actually got scared. That is what made us act. That it was something that affected us. Whether it was to lose their job, or to be sick, or to lose a loved one, it was something that affected us. One can then question whether the strategy we had around communicating the climate crisis has been particularly successful because what we have said all along is that we must communicate hope. We can not communicate what reality looks like because then we will just give up. We can not tell you how difficult reality is because then people will not want to do anything.

The pandemic set the tone for the climate movement just as children conquered the streets, front pages, and Greta Thunberg was invited to the fine room of politics, but the virus also led to reduced emissions, as people stopped traveling and reduced their consumption even though they increased again in recent months when communities reopened. But the lesson for us as individuals is probably that we can change our habits faster than we might think.

Changes

“You can not draw connections between the measures we took during the corona pandemic, such as that we shut down society completely, stopped traveling, and stopped consuming. Of course, you can not compare it with climate change. But it shows that you can change social norms pretty quickly!”

The seminar was very interesting but also a bit tough to take in, a feeling of being helpless in the fight for our planet’s future mixed with a fighting spirit that we can do this.

The hotel room we had was very nice and focused on the environment. When my son fell asleep I was cuddling under a blanket on the sofa with lighted candles around. I didn´t watch tv but instead, I was playing some on y phone, that I had charged with a solar cell driven powerbank.

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Eat right

Greta is known for being a headstrong environmentalist, but what many people don’t know is that she is vegan, choosing every day to eat plant-based—and she thinks the world should, too, in large part for the betterment of the environment.

Avoiding meat and dairy is the “single biggest way” to reduce your impact on the environment according to Greta and many researchers.

Climate change is grossly impacted by animal agriculture. Ninety-nine percent of agricultural animals are factory-raised through intensive farming practices. Factory farming is extremely destructive and harmful to the animals and farmworkers, but also to our planet. According to scientists, Without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union, and Australia combined – and still feed the world.