We need some sense in the climate activism
Is Greta Thunberg a role model for our children and young people? For us aging adults? It’s a big NO from my side.
Does skipping school do any good when it comes to climate? Travelling the world and do nothing but raging at our global leaders? As far as I am concerned, Greta and other climate activists do nothing but that. Greta does not come up with game chaning ideas for what each of us can do. What Greta comes up with is pure propaganda , where you rage at your counterpart instead of getting into dialogue and find solutions. To me Greta is nothing but a reality star. A Kim Kardashian for climate.
Greta har ditched school – that we all know. But are you an icon and a role model by asking children and teenagers to ditch school, the place where they are supposed to learn, so they can take up the climate challenge? A you a role model by screaming at climate demos, and raging at politicians and leaders. Are you a role model, when doing nothing actively yourself, but demanding others do?
I cannot see any common sense in both Gretas and other climate activists “work”. I see no practical advice on saving clothes, energy and avoiding food waste in our daily lives. There is no doubt we need a change, but it mainly has to come from you and I. We must take the lead and show our children how-to.
We must teach one another, but when you have no skills, you cannot teach others. That’s why children must go to school, that’s why we parents must show the way.
Where are the role models?
Role models work. Scientists, engineers and all those people who research and work with climate solutions like wind energy, solar, hydrogen and likes. All the everyday heroes who should be nominated and celebrated instead. Those who use their skills to further development of new technologies for the sake of our climate. Those, who chose to go to school, university or become craftsmen and use their knowledge and skills actively.
People who do not have time for demonstrations and raging on SoMe, but dedicate their lives to do research, development and their work to our climate. Those who choose to eat less or no meat, choose to travel less, go by bike instead of by car. The everyday activists, who do what they can to diminish their climate footprint.
Let us celebrate them instead!