There are a lot of people angry at climate activist Greta Thunberg. In response to the animosity and confusion being spread, what I write here will not be popular for many of my colleagues. But those who know me will understand. Greta Thunberg is not the common enemy you think she is. She’s someone to be admired and supported because of her message, and because she is a child who managed what all the Barbie doll activists could not. Hate me or love me as you will, here is my view on humanity’s most pressing issue.
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau
When I was a kid living in Florida back in the 1960s, I believed anything was possible. My best friend Craig Stutzman, who lived next door, did too. So did all our schoolmates, the teachers, the coaches, even the newscasters we watched on TV, and the spacemen we watch blast-off from Cape Canaveral for the stars. I hope some reading this are willing to remember nostalgically, a time when America truly was about possibility. I also hope everyone reading this will come to terms with the fact we ventured far off the path to greatness.
We landed on the moon in 1969, we watched TV shows like Star Trek, and we dreamed great big about what the future would hold for us as grownups. By the 21st century, most of us figured we have colonies on Mars. I remember, there was this geology teacher who told us energy and other much-needed commodities would one day be free for all. And no, he was not a communist sympathizer even though a Cold War raged back then too. By now, many of the pressing problems we had in the 1970s should be ancient history. But the most critical ones are not. Regardless of what you think, read, hear, or watch, there is only one reason for this. We did not want to defeat hunger, cancer, or to have everlasting peace. And with regard to Greta Thunberg and Climate Emegency? Well, the majority never gave a damn about that, now did they? Let’s take off the kid gloves.