23/04/19 19:15 Filed in: articles
This week, Greta Thunberg visited London to speak to the Extinction Rebellion protesters who had been peacefully disrupting key sites in London in order to raise awareness of climate change. Greta has been doing an amazing job as a spokesperson for the climate change issue and her direct and straightforward speeches have been refreshing and invigorating to hear. Greta has been telling everyone that governments and corporations must start making major changes in order to save our planet, and ourselves, from the catastrophic effects of a warming planet.
This is all good stuff but Greta hasn't really talked about what I think is the biggest obstacle to any meaningful progress on climate change reduction and our mass conversion to a sustainable society; the current human mindset.
I've mentioned before in articles on Climate Change that the biggest obstacle to stopping climate change is a mental one, for every indication of success for a person in our civilised world is synonymous with having a big carbon footprint. Owning a big car, owning a big house, going on holidays abroad, owning a large dog, flying everywhere, owning lots of foreign goods, having many children, all these things are the trappings of a 'successful' life. In comparison, all the things that go with a sustainable lifestyle, cycling, second-hand clothes, mended clothes, local holidays, one child or less, no flying, all these things are synonymous with the life of a low-achiever, a loser. Greta therefore has the unenviable task of telling literally billions of people that they must live the life of a social failure, a bum, in order to hopefully save their planet.