Congratulations! You have survived Industrial Age schooling. You have survived having adults forcing their thinking and boundaries on you and suppressing your creativity. You have survived years of being told how to dress, how to behave, whom you can meet, and where you can go.
You’ve worked hard for your GCSEs and you’ve just collected your results.
You’re trying to plan your future life but all you hear on the news and from your friends is that “We have just ten years left!” and, “If we don’t stop global warming humans will go extinct!” You wonder if you will have a future. You talk to the adults in your life and they think that a bit of recycling is all they need to do. They don’t think any of the other problems are anything to do with them and as far as they are concerned it is ‘Business as Usual’.
You know different.
Your Instagram feed is full of news about the Amazon burning and climate change, yet most adults think that all you care about is the latest fashion trend, or must-have gadget.
You look at the adults of this world and you see people trapped in lifestyles where all they seem to worry about is ‘what will people think?’ or about how they are going to pay off their latest credit card bill. They have to have the biggest house, a better car than their neighbour, the biggest wide-screen TV, and the latest phone. They must have the most expensive holidays which they then boast about on social media. Then they tell you to switch off the TV programme on climate change because they want to watch Coronation Street.
They think that you do nothing but stare at your phone screen. If they looked closer they would see that you are watching the fire in the Amazon, or you are reading about the animals that are going extinct at record rates, and about how, if we don’t act fast, we could all die too. They don’t look closer because they are too busy looking at their own phone screens, only they are looking at Facebook, checking what their friends are doing, how many likes they got on the photo they posted of themselves, or looking for holiday destinations or shopping sites.
You hear stories about 35-year-old ‘grown-ups’ flying to Ibiza for hen parties. You think of all the waste, the carbon emissions, the recklessness.
You wonder if any adults are good role models.
I’d like to give you some hope for the future. The climate crisis is possibly the best thing that could have happened to humans. It’s a wake-up call. Most of the adults in the world today have lived a life of over-consumption and lack of respect for Nature. They have been stealing your future and now they have to help you take it back.
All the news about climate change can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The thing to remember is that the climate crisis isn't a war and it isn't a fight. It's a wake-up call. It's Mother Nature trying to get the Earth back into balance.
Don’t be afraid to speak out. The ‘Business as Usual’ adults need to be woken up.
Slowly, but surely, they are starting to wake up. They are starting to take responsibility for their part in the crisis and realise that we do have the ability to slow things down and live more consciously. In fact, the climate crisis could be the best thing that's ever happened to us - so long as we act fast. We can view it as an imminent disaster that we are powerless to change, or we can view it as the starting point of a journey that strengthens us and transforms the human race. It could help us evolve to a whole new level. Most problems we have in life start with faulty thinking, and if we each heal ourselves, together we will heal the planet.
It's about Human Change as much as Climate Change.
A Fellow Human
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