May 22, 2020
Interviews & Inspiration | Kristina Cassar Dowling
Huh, seems like Greta Thunberg was right after all. Who would have thought that reducing our carbon footprint would actually save the planet? She did. We’ve seen a decrease in air pollution, wildlife returning to our backyard - sometimes literally, and we’re also noticed a super reduction in road traffic. All of this in the few months where ‘normal life’ came to a sudden halt.
And the sad truth is that, while many supported her visions and followed in her proposed footsteps, quite a number of the world’s population told the 17 year old girl to “Chill Greta, Chill”.
Note to my editor (& any reader here): the uppercase ‘C’ in the second ‘Chill’ is not in fact my typo - it’s a direct quotation taken from the original writer at the time.
Well I guess the cat’s out the bag, those were Trump’s words that hit Twitter on the 12th of December; after Greta was so deservingly named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. He told her to deal with her “Anger Management problem” by going to “a good old fashioned movie with a friend!” - but that’s not the point is it?
And Trump’s not the only ‘celebrity’ who’s attacked Greta for her climate change action and protest, she’s been on trial for speaking up for what is right, and I fear the COVID-19 pandemic is a pure sign that she was right.
If you don’t know enough about Greta Thunberg, you should really check out her vision and message to safeguard our future and its population. Her first major impact was noticed when Fridays became the symbol of school strikes with her Fridays for Future campaigns. During these events, even if she sat outside her school all alone, Greta would strike to create awareness for climate change mitigation.
From one brave individual, this strike system grew into a whole supportive crowd of young, regular people to older, more influential celebrities such as Jane Fonda. If her reach can spread as far and wide as regular school kids to icons our parents used to watch workout videos of, then surely her message is being heard, just not listened to.
There are so many theories why the climate change issues are not being dealt with seriously and at the end of the day it’s all got to do with money and power. This is my theory… we are merely puppets being used to complete a master plan for world leaders we might not even know about. Their goal is simple; ‘make more money no matter what’ - whether lines are crossed or rights evaded, nature destroyed or hope flushed down the world’s grimiest metaphorical toilet - get it done.
But there are so many ways we can follow Greta’s footsteps and make our little changes in life - and this pandemic is teaching us exactly how we should be doing it! Home cooked meals. Walks in nature. Time with family. Time with our dogs. Checking up on friends. Working enough. Taking pride in our homes. Finding our own routines. Getting fit. Eating better. Focusing on self-care. Not using our cars. The list goes on, and on, and on - and you know what folks, Greta is right.