What an impact Greta Thunberg has had. To think it all started off with her choosing to skip school and sit outside the Swedish parliament demanding that they reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement.
She may have cut a lonely figure at the time, but now she has pretty much every rational person standing behind her. Something needs to be done and she has become the leading voice in the demand for change.
Her passionate commitment to the cause has been unrelenting, and with each speech that she does more and more people are paying attention. She was even seen out about with Arnold Schwarzenegger recently and has been praised by none other than Sir David Attenborough.
An increasing number of us are starting to see the little things that we can be doing to help protect the climate, and hopefully this movement continues to swell until we’re starting to turn the tide and the future for the planet looks brighter again.
The main culprits for the climate crisis in Greta’s mind are the governments, those that she feels aren’t listening and aren’t taking enough action. As Greta would say, the time for change is now.
Whilst a lot of the big changes that need to be made are in the hands of our leaders, we can all do our own little bit. There’s a new trend in Israel, known as “Greta-Shaming“, which has become increasingly popular.
Workplaces across the country are putting photos of the 16-year-old in around their office to deter employees from using single use plastics. You can picture the scene easily enough, Shiela, wanting to ensure that her coffee is mixed to perfection, reaches across to grab a plastic spoon. Shiela, worrying about that deadline her good-for-nothing boss keeps on drudging up, sees Greta Thunberg staring at her, and suddenly her conscience comes into play. She puts that plastic spoon back, uses a normal spoon, and the world is a slightly better place because of it.
I’ll admit, it’s not the best story I’ve ever told but it is an important one. If we multiply Shiela’s actions across the planet, that small difference begins to get bigger.
I’ll be honest, this would definitely stop me from using that spoon…
Are you sure?
How dare you?
People online are loving the idea. It comes after Israel announced that it plans to eliminate single-use by the beginning of next year.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
I was seven and had just given a hopeless answer to my teacher's question. The whole class was watching on. "Michael" he sighed, disdain dripping from the rims of his glasses, "the way you've approached this subject"...a long pause...another sigh..."you'll never amount to anything". And he was right. I was always terrible at science. Mr Joseph was the wisest of my teachers. You can contact Mike at [email protected]Follow