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How to Speak to Greta's Generation

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Yotam Marom: We could probably manage if all we had to do was overcome the many political, economic and social crises we're facing. But climate change both ups the stakes and places a time limit on the endgame. I live with a quiet, constant sadness at the loss people around the world are already facing, a nagging fear of what’s to come and an ashamed hopelessness about what we can do to stop it. George Lakey: My favorite metaphor is a blacksmith’s forge: polarization heats up society, making it malleable. Failing economic security shakes people up, creating an opening for new and bolder approaches. Government has lost confidence of our young people. They're open to new leadership. And some of the old prejudices, racism and sexism that used to keep people apart are losing their grip.

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Here's what I want to say to Greta's generation: "How Dare You" accuse my generation of doing nothing. I've been actively living a humble lifestyle, while your parents go off and instead of adopting children, are whelping 1-4 kids. Then your famed starved parents abuse you by sticking your face in front of a camera and prostitute you for a cause that only profits from its fear tactics.

How much increase in carbon have the yachtivist Greta and her entourage contributed to global warming, as she gala-vents around the globe on multi-million dollar boats made of fiberglass, silicone and polyester; and first class train rides? Her message would have better traction if she stayed in Sweden and teleconferenced, but this is not the slick marketing campaign Al Gore, George Soros and other "green" charlatans planned for a mentally-challenged adolescent.

When these climate change activists stop consuming the latest electronic devices, wearing fashion statements of man-made fibers and possess multiple homes, planes, boats and other carbon intensive products, is the day I can take their participation in a cause more seriously.

Submitted on Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 at 4:27:31 PM

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