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.