Posted on Leave a comment

10 Climate thoughts and 1 Greta

I have tried not to utter much more about our international success and swedish child pride Greta Thunberg, mostly out of respect and concern for her own privacy as a person and most of all a child. She gets more than her share of unintentional bashings from every corner already anyway. But regardless my own opinions she remains a topic in the limelights with a spotlight directed on climate issues. So it is almost impossible not to address her if one is to address the so called ”climate threats”. Instead  I ’ll make my 10 points here clear for those with reasonably happy and healthy minds. They are not alone in wanting to remain healthy psychologically, but still ponder on other alternatives of climate solutions than to be depressed about this ”threat”. Obviously, unlike Greta I don’t think that your psyche being healthy and happy is the problem and therefore not the only solution either. Stay calm the world will not go under because you are ignorantly happy. No one needs to distress in panic in order to care or understand about our climate problems. But we do however have to open our minds and understand as well as question more about it. Preferably from deeper perspectives if we aim to solve at least some of the concerns Greta expresses for example. Hence, I am aiming to make us understand a bit more by explaining  the following 10 points 

  • 1) Ok firstly No! Nobody hates Greta Thunberg. The opposite. Many sympathies with her condition and concerns if not admire her deep care about our environment. But she is still a child and above all a child with extra needs. And as a typical child, should also be treated as such for her own sake and wellbeing. This is the problem with European or western kids these days. No body dears tell them the truth anymore. The first concern many of us have for Greta is, her own safety. She cares so much but who cares and caters for her own needs as a child? As a mother it is worrying to witness her distress? I cant help to wonder, is it those that support the hype around her or is it those who tell her the truth by meeting her with questions and even harsh criticism that will help her in this matter? None of them but her parents and family have the ultimate responsibility to cater for her needs at the end of the day. And every child’s basic need is safety and security first and formost. So where are they? Her parents? Signing papers and deals on her behalf? Well, they need to be more visible so they can be more responsible for her and for what she is put through
  • 2) More importantly, the question is, as parents how can they prepare her for what is coming due to the huge publicity. Because she needs to develop her arguments for this very important cause, now that the spotlights found its subject. If she is not able to meet the critics that can meet her ideas and scrutinize it, chances are it will not end where we would want it to be. And that is a waist of the important job she started? Or hold on…was it only through our emotions and through our sympathetic self censorship the climate is ment to be mended? No wonder why a child like her is at the forefront then? In that case, I predict it will only last for a short period, all this enthusiastic climate buzz. Once again, like so many other charity hypes and buzzes before it. As we all know, when it comes to changes in environmental care, consistency and long term action plans that proceed successively are the keys. Most importantly we all need to investigate our own everyday behaviors as consumers or producers and apply easily implemented changes so the behavioral change can last and rewards us with results. This need to be implemented specially in developing countries since they are the ones lacking systems and facilities to care about the environment as we do over here. Perhaps with a bit of incitaments funded by the west they would do much better in place? Because according to many environmental reports, this type of environmental adjustments are mostly needed over there. What we all don’t need anyhow, is another short lived trend that will benefit some promoters only here in the west.. Haven’t we learned enough from charity organisations with almost 0 results in Africa, Haiti, Asia for example? ”Change itself is the most constant there is”. Change is not a trend. It is adjustment to life basically. So live and let live, not panic or play”kind”!
  • 3) I have no doubts that Greta is authentic and her attention to this concern is greatly appreciated from my point of view to be honest. Because I agree with many things she stands for. But I am an adult and would never let a child stand for my causes, mistakes or responsibilities. Specially as a typical habesha parent with the mentality that children should at all times be protected at all cost and never become an exploitation material to this degree. To be used as targets for a topic so great and endless. And when there are two grown parents at home that can take some of that kind of role too. To ”protect” in this context is not to hinder or stop the child from fulfilling their purposes but to keep the child in-tune with reality also and foster a healthy and appropriate relation with it and the greater public. They would’ve done her more favor if they helped her understand the psychological make up of ”anxiety” or the panic syndrome she fights to cope with first of all 
  •  4) No! People or Gretas critics are not all envious of her situation believe me. Well, not all anyway. A Childs basic needs are not to be at the stage of attention on a political drama in the midst of psychopaths that benefits from one’s genuin pain. A child may want and enjoy the mass attention for a short period but a child cannot handle the backside of that mass attention and the stress and anxiety it can bring. Therefore a child and specially a child with special diagnose as Greta has, is most in need of feeling secure by being accepted, heard, understood, supported and loved for what they are. NOT because of the cause they stand for. Rather because they already are the cause we should’ ve stand for as parents. In other words Gretas premature but very awake and painful mind is awakening us all adults to be more responsible for her personal pain. But my point is that her parents are those that need to wake up the most. Specially for her sake so she can cope with the anxiety in a more healthy and private manner 
  • 5) Personally, I happily welcome Gretas attention to climate concerns as I my self have been determined to make a U turn in the fashion industry not only through my opinions and actions but also shopping habits as well as finding alternative solutions in my own lifestyle since a a while now. This is also part of why I am addressing this issue since I feel it concerns me as well. Bt also why I am taking the actual steps necessary within my capacity specially in my own work at my own new fashion brand Tsuriy. By not only developing and incorporating organic and chemical neutral materials but also by braking the vicious ”trend” oriented seasonal fashion cycle tradition so popular in this industry. It has off course cost me a lot of time and many customers. But I believe it is well worth it. Just as Greta I know I had to DO more (for my self). More than just protest the big multinational global corporations abusing our earthly resources and using people in poverty far distanced while serving us cheap merchandises to uphold our lazy lifestyles over here. Or in other words my aim is to also end ”slavery” for the population of developing countries and work for social change as much. Because these issues are interrelated and cannot be solved separately. It is time we have a wider perspective and consider the whole picture as well 
  • 6) At the same time, I honestly feel hesitant to join those that promote themselves through someones mental illness, anxiety disorders or child labour here in this part of the world either. Even if I do agree with Greta that the western society needs to wake the hell up from the passivity of taking appropriate responsible actions instead of just use opinions. And yes she is right when she says that people will only wake up once they experience the disaster of their actions firsthand but that message needs to be heard also by the leaders in Asia, Africa, South America and others that do more harm to their poverty stricken populations and selling of their natural resources for almost nothing to us here. 
  • 7) I agree very much with Greta on the matter it self and yes she might deserve her rewards and medals for sacrificing her personal safety and comfort perhaps. But what about the vulnerable people with nothing, not even parents, that still pay for our mistakes in the west. Who rewards them the justice they need? Children younger than Greta that are enslaved at Congo’s dangerous mines. Where are their prices for sacrificing their lives for our glamorous lives with latest mobiles phones here? No! I WILL not use Gretas vulnerability here regardless. And NO! I definitely can’t use her methods as solution either. Panic will not solve the problems even if I understand Gretas feelings. As a mom to a child with similar diagnoses (and maybe with a diagnose my self) my job is to stay calm, listen and understand first, in order to guide myself or the child to healthier ways of expressions. As one can read more detailed about my struggle in my book titled ”Syftet” addressing some autistic tendencies and parenting
  • 8) However, to dismiss Gretas critics as jealous or hateful of her is to halt the discussion she succeeded in igniting. But it can’t pass without further debattes to result in necessary actions. This is just the nature and order of our world. According to how the media portray her cause however, the narrative is that she seems to seek appeal within the higher governing orders. So they can make decisions over our heads and dictate to us all on how this climate adjustments should be punished upon us without our opinions or agreements about it. Without debates, evidence or understandings of the problem preferably. Which in my opinion is not only undemocratic and wont give the end result she really hopes for. Assuming she is a freedom and democracy respecting citizen that is… 
  • 9) I speak a lot about having a purpose in ones life. Greta Thunberg has definitely found hers early in her life. Perhaps through all her pain? So I want to conclude my thoughts with the fact that she without a doubt managed to fulfill this already even if the future is yet still brighter for her hopefully. She alone and as just a child managed to open and put the discussions about the climate at the forefront again. But that is it and maybe that is enough? She is only a child at the end of the day. She should be left alone after that or be able to argue when she is mature enough to have research, facts and healthy methods that backs her very passionate ideas and why not some suggestions for action plans or solutions too soon? Because to discuss the topic is to discuss world politic and the global policies that run our world as well as refer to history of capitalism that have given way for how our world looks like today. Or how the problem came about and still exists basically. Greta seems to have only captured the worrying perspectives. But if we all talk about the causes honestly and openly without censorships then maybe we actually can get somewhere with the solutions and results also? Or even actually take the necessary steps in the right directions for once?
  • 10) Finally, I would like to end this by saluting Greta for her dedication but I still feel that she needs and deserves to enjoy her childhood as a child and not be used or abused by supporters, critics, the media, the politicians, and everyone else benefiting by her pain ridden image as a self proclaimed climate guru. She is just a decent and fine young lady hopefully with a bright future. She is not meant to carry all our sins and be crucified, there is no need for that. Lastly, this is how environmentalists like me differ from her and her massive followers in the west. See, I and those with similar conclusions as me are convinced that the earth and environment will manage absolutely fine without some of us humans. But all of us humans need to adjust and respect our nature for our own and future generations sake. Those who don’t will basically eliminate themselves eventually. Therefore, there’s no need for crucification. Only enlightenment on how we save our selves and our future generations by learning and communicating is enough

Leave a Reply