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(en) Canada, ucl-saguenay, Collectif Emma Goldman - Climate emergency: Who's afraid of Greta Thunberg? (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 5 Sep 2019 09:58:38 +0300

The international press and our local commentators have written extensively on the boat trip of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede, behind a global climate movement. But while they and they have fun to fuel the controversy around the conditions of return of the ship in Europe, they and they divert the issue of his trip and avoid pointing the real problem. ---- As Greta Thunberg points out in Join us #grevepourleclimat: " Everyone agrees[that climate change]is an existential threat, the most important challenge of our time yet nobody moves. Everything continues as if nothing was wrong. (P.8) ---- She adds: " No one ever speaks that we are experiencing the sixth mass extinction[1]... no one ever talks about fairness or climate justice, principles yet clearly laid at the heart of the Paris agreement " (page 9).

A message of indignation and urgency

" To avoid a warming of more than 2 degrees, countries like Sweden must start reducing their[greenhouse gas]emissions by 15% a year. "(P.9)

As Greta Thunberg and thousands of other young and old people who followed in the global climate movement put it: " ... why do not we reduce our emissions? Even worse, why are we allowing them to increase? (P.10)

Faced with the inaction and incoherence of politicians in Sweden, the student decides on 20 August 2018 to strike by sitting at the foot of parliament until Sweden respects the Paris agreement . Soon the movement is gaining momentum and wins first of all Sweden and then the world.

His message is a simple reminder of the facts established by the scientific community and the international commitments made summit after summit by this minority at the controls. Nevertheless, it seems easier to point out the contradictions of his trip (zero carbon) in America than to hold the real leaders of the current crisis to account; that is, politicians, shareholders, and captains of industry. Those who day by day continue to enrich themselves at the expense of all forms of life.

Polluters and their lackeys

Here as in Europe, opinion makers and their keyboard warriors attacked Greta Thunberg because of her age. As if the young people could not be anything other than mere puppets and they are not able to think for themselves.

" I do not belong to any organization ... and represent only myself. I do this on a voluntary basis, I do not receive money or promise of gain from anyone. "(P.29) responds the student to her critics.

It may be more profitable for right-wing populist columnists of the Journal de Montréal to divert attention from the real issues by putting people against each other.

On the other hand, we are not sure that the Mathieu Bock-Côté or Richard Martineau of this world would pollute the social climate by their stupidity if they did not receive any remuneration like Greta Thunberg.

Everything must change and it must begin today - Greta (p.13)

Faced with the inaction of the politicians who, in the Saguenay, supported all the destructive projects and the lack of courage of the man who nevertheless calls himself an ecologist (Simon-Olivier Côté, link ), we are more and more to declare as the young Swede: " Why exactly should I study[or work]for a future that may soon no longer exist because no one is doing anything to save it? (P.12)

Tadoussac, June 2019

To learn more about the climate strike in Quebec[here]


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