What do we learn from history? Often I think we learn very little.


What will our children say when they look back at the history of our generation? My last post on climate change generated a number of comments on climate change – and it got me wondering, will our children ask why we did not do more?  Here in Ireland,  as in many countries throughout the world, young people, following the example set by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, have been going out on strike and having marches demanding government action on climate change. I was stuck by some of the words on their placards;

“I am sure the dinosaurs thought they had time too.”

“If you don’t act like adults, we will.”

“To do good, you actually have to do something!”

I think the young people are right. What ever happens it is going to affect them more than us. Even if the scientist have got it all wrong (which personally I don’t think they have), any changes we make now to improve the current state of the world can only be positive. Here are just a couple of examples:

  • Using less energy helps us save money
  • More renewable energy helps reduce pollution
  • Walking and cycling reduces traffic jams and improves air quality
  • Eating more locally grown food is good for our local economy
  • Eating more vegetables is good for our health

What have we got to loose?

I would recommend Greta Thunberg’s TED talk for anyone who is interested.

Abandoned cottage, West of Ireland

Abandoned cottage, West of Ireland


9 thoughts on “History

  1. Leya

    Yes…what do we learn from history? Not much it seems. I agree with you about the importance of young people standing up to say how much we have failed them – and that we have to act – Now.

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  2. nanacathy2

    We can all make small changes but I think that misses the point that we are actually need to make enormous changes.
    I would think more highly of environmentalists if they stopped jetting off for conferences.
    We need to do something about sharing what we have and people need to stop spending money on arms and fighting.
    Our young people need to start making things. We need less media types and more engineers. Globalism and capitalism is doing us no good and if Marx is right it will all implode one day. We need to stop buying stuff we don’t need and make do with what we have got. We need to start mending things and stop chasing after the latest thing.
    I wish I believed young people fully understand the enormity of it all.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Well said Cathy. I think some young people do understand but like the rest of society others prefer to ignore the situation, some because it suits them and others because living day to day take all the energy they have.

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  3. Eliza Waters

    One of our Congressmen just introduced a ‘Green New Deal’ bill, one of the first of its kind here in the States. Most politicians have stayed away from taking a stand, so I’m glad to see progress here. With the Senate in Republican hands, it will probably be shot down, but at least it is a start. Definitely an action I can fully support! We’re going to an informational meeting about it this weekend.

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  4. dust4y

    And now they think there’s a 40% increase in inner city teenagers having psychosis because of the pollution in the air. If that isn’t a reason for action, then I don’t know what is. Raising the profile is one of the many important things that you do, Karina.

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