‘Dear adults, you’re failing us on climate’

Three years ago, on Friday, August 20, 2018, Greta Thunberg demonstrated for the first time at the Swedish Parliament. Her appeal was clear:  action must be taken NOW to counter further climate change. Her concern: the generations before her, the adults in charge, know that human activity is changing the climate dramatically, yet they do nothing. In doing so, they knowingly saddle the next generations with an unprecedented problem that they could have prevented. 

Greta Thunberg, Adriana Calderón, Farzana Faruk Jhumu and Eric Njuguna call for action in last week's New York Times The essence: 'Dear adults, you're failing us on climate.' And, as painful as it is to hear, she's unquestionably right. Virtually all of science agrees that climate change has dramatic consequences. Almost everyone is also convinced that this requires draconian measures. Tremendous change. And the longer we wait to take action, the greater the problems for future generations will be.

"And what did you actually do?" In a few years, you will also be asked that question. And then it's impossible to say you didn't know it was going to get this bad. Because: we know. We are totally aware. The answer "I waited for someone else to change" (whether or not with a subordinate clause such as "because otherwise, it would be at the expense of my competitive position", "but Shell did nothing", "because China was still firing coal") is not a text you want to come home with. So what you have to do is realize your own change. Both in work and privately. And that's not just about CO2 emissions; it's about the whole set of sustainable development goals (UN Global Compact can help you on your way). It is nice that you realize the change and make it visible in order to inspire others. Shall we?

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