Greta Thunberg is the 16-year-old school girl who is teaching the adult world a lesson. Politicians across the Western World are attending her classes and discovering insight in her lectures. Lost for words, they usher her onto public platforms to speak in their place. So, what is Greta teaching us? What can we learn?

Feel the Fear

Some cynics have dismissed Greta as a frightened child. But we should be frightened. The increase in the average global temperature by 0.15c degrees over the past decade is utterly terrifying. Try moving five feet in any direction, right now, and you will experience a comparable change in temperature. Feel the terror. This is real. This is happening.

Clarity of Vision

Although our understanding of planetary-wide thermo-dynamics is in its infancy, temperature change forecasts are notoriously inaccurate and energy policy decisions have profound implications, Greta has delivered a simple message: “We Are Going To Die”. She has succeeded in producing clarity out of complexity. We must amplify her simple message and deafen those who wish to confuse us with alternative views.

The Wisdom of Youth

Adults make judgements based on their life experience, but wisdom no longer comes with age. Greta has taught us that the naivety of youth produces true enlightenment. Can you remember what you were like as a 16-year-old and the passions that drove you? Hold onto that thought. When you are next in the polling booth vote as if you were 16. Give a vote to the 16-year-old within us all. 

Political leadership

Our political leaders used to argue about the best way to create and share prosperity. However, they have finally run out of ideas and their authority has drained away. Just as they stumble around in a disorientated stupor, Greta issued the encyclical “nothing is being done .. you cannot carry on as before”. Our political leaders are re-energised. They have been given a new purpose. We must pressure them to do things that are different to the things that they are doing now and do them quickly. The first step must be emergency measures to abolish prosperity.

But what can we do?

Implement Emergency Measures

We can all be Greta. Declare a climate emergency in your street and start to implement emergency measures. Create a barricade across your street and, as your neighbours return from work, demand that they take one action per day to reduce their carbon footprint to zero.

Simple examples include:

  • If injured, refuse to be carried into an ambulance fuelled by diesel
  • Reject Amazon parcels unless they are delivered by bicycle or donkey
  • Teenagers can forgo their gap year and pretend to fly around the living room, rather than around the world
  • Turn off gas central heating and snuggle up to a nearby dog or cat to keep warm

The truly committed can:

  • Glue a prized body part to a passing train or lorry
  • Crucify yourself in a nearby nursery or soft play area with the words ‘adults are killing your future’ to educate local toddlers
  • Swim with a school of mackerel in the Atlantic to show solidarity
  • Breath in oxygen, but refuse to breathe out carbon dioxide and become a carbon storage cadaver

Act Now! Create a crisis through drama.