Greta is barely gone and I miss her already.
Oh, I never met her. i’ve never actually watched a video of her speaking.
But every time I read about her, she’s setting some old farts straight. I find myself spontaneously saying, “Give ’em hell, Greta!”
“You’re Failing!” – Who, Us?
I loved when she told the US Congress: “You may be trying, but you’re failing.”
Only here’s the hitch – I think Greta, for all of her obvious brilliance, still has the naive notion that those Congressional representatives actually represent the American people – as opposed to various corporate and financial interests.
So when she told them they were failing – she really meant it for all of us here in the U.S.
Not just the rich and powerful – every one of us.
Taking It to Heart
Honestly, I took it to heart. I’ve been trying for a long time to make a difference in the world – and in terms of climate justice, I don’t really have a whole lot to show for it..
Why do I keep trying? Good question that I ask myself some mornings.
Partly because I have to keep living in this world. And partly because I want young folks in my life – and those like Greta that I will never meet – to know that we tried.
Here’s a group working to make a difference around the world – this is their Bay Area website. Google for other locales.
Contact Extinction Rebellion
Fall 2019 XR Action in SF – photos by Luke Hauser