Happy Earth Day to the Children Who Will Inherit the Earth

The younger generation – the generation that will inherit the Earth have spoken out about climate change and how they feel about the lack of responsibility the older generation has taken regarding global warming.

“The climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.”

Nobel Prize nominee Greta Thunberg in her 2018 TED talk.

Climate change solutions are feasible according to BBC Future. We can solve issues such as sea level rise and the loss of natural resources if we tried.

Here is Greta Thunberg.

Transcript of the Above Video

“My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden.I speak on behalf of Climate Justice Now. Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do. But I’ve learned you are never too small to make a difference. And if a few children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we could all do together if we really wanted to. But to do that, we have to speak clearly, no matter how uncomfortable that may be.”

“You only speak of green eternal economic growth because you are too scared of being unpopular. You only talk about moving forward with the same bad ideas that got us into this mess, even when the only sensible thing to do is pull the emergency brake. You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children. But I don’t care about being popular. I care about climate justice and the living planet.”

“Our civilization is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money. Our biosphere is being sacrificed so that rich people in countries like mine can live in luxury. It is the sufferings of the many which pay for the luxuries of the few. The year 2078, I will celebrate my 75th birthday. If I have children maybe they will spend that day with me. Maybe they will ask me about you. Maybe they will ask why you didn’t do anything while there still was time to act.”

“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes. Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis. We need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself. We have not come here to beg world leaders to care. You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again. We have run out of excuses and we are running out of time. We have come here to let you know that change is coming, whether you like it or not. The real power belongs to the people. Thank you.”

The problem is that we do not listen to young people. Luckily, we have
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who speaks out about injustice including the climate change injustice.

Unfortunately, people who live in poverty are more likely to suffer the most from climate change, according to BBC Future. Even if the climate is changing, most people are not aware of it.

Here are some small ways you can tackle climate change:

  • eat perishable foods such as fruits and vegetables
  • use reusable bags when you shop
  • teach children how to recycle and compost
  • take the bus and/or encourage other people to take the bus
  • purchase a hybrid or electric car, if you can
  • use a heat pump, if you can
  • use solar panels, if you can
  • reduce your consumption of meat, if you can

Remember you can pick one or two if you cannot do everything on the list. Any little act helps the next generation.

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