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Open Letter To Greta

February 11, 2020

By Paul Homewood

h/t Phil Wood

 

Greta is to get her own BBC series!

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is getting her own TV series about the environment.

The 17-year-old has signed up to take part in the programmes which will follow her journey around the world as she campaigns against climate change, and finds out more about what can be done about it.

The series will also document her personal journey as she deals with growing up in the spotlight, as well as other challenges such as writing speeches and meeting world leaders.

The series is being made by BBC Studios’ Science Unit, but there are no details yet on when or where we might be able to see it.

Rob Liddell who is the Executive Producer for BBC Studios said:

"Climate change is probably the most important issue of our lives so it feels timely to make an authoritative series that explores the facts and science behind this complex subject.

"To be able to do this with Greta is an extraordinary privilege, getting an inside view on what it’s like being a global icon and one of the most famous faces on the planet."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51456549

I don’t know about the BBC Science Unit, I would have thought CBBC would have been more appropriate.

Still, perhaps she might invite Jason Hill, Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago, to follow up his open letter in the Alberta Press last November:

Greta Thunberg:

You have declared yourself a leader and said that your generation will start a revolution.

You have comported yourself as a credentialed adult and climate change activist who has fearlessly addressed politicians and world leaders.

You have dropped out of school and declared that there isn’t any reason to attend or any reason for you to study since there will be no future for you to inherit.

You have, rather than attend your classes, been leading Friday Climate Strikes for all students in your generation across the globe.

Your attendance at oil pipelines has been striking. There, you unequivocally declare that all oil needs to remain in the ground where it belongs.

I shall, therefore, against the backdrop of your activism, address you as an adult rather than as a child.

In September of 2019, you crossed the Atlantic in a “zero-carbon” racing yacht that had no toilet and electric light on board. You made an impassioned plea at the United Nations in which you claimed that “we have stolen your dreams and our childhood with our empty words.” 

You claimed that adults and world leaders come to young people for answers and explained in anger: “How dare you!”

You claimed that we are failing you and that young people are beginning to understand our betrayal. You further declared that if we continue to fail your generation: “We will never forgive you.”

You have stated that you want us to panic, and to act as if our homes are on fire. You insist that rich countries must reduce to zero emissions immediately.

In your speeches, you attack economic growth and have stated that our current climate crisis is caused by “buying and building things.”

You call for climate justice and equity, without addressing the worst polluter on the planet – China; the country that is economically annexing much of Africa and Latin America.

You call for climate justice and equity, without addressing the worst polluter on the planet – China. Click To Tweet

You dare not lecture Iran about its uranium projects — because that’s not part of the UN’s agenda, is it?

You proclaim that we need to live within the planetary boundaries, to focus on equity and “take a few steps back” for the sake of all living species.

You resent the hierarchical distinctions between humans and animals and entertain no qualitative distinction between a monkey, a malaria-infested mosquito and a snarling hyena.

You mouth slogans such as: “We have set in motion an irreversible chain reaction beyond control,” and you advocate for universal veganism on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

You do not buy new clothes, and you don’t want the rest of us to either. You want us all to stop flying in jet planes without giving us an alternative as to how we would re-transform our financial and trading systems—to say nothing of our personal enjoyment of the world—without regression to a primeval era.

Few can afford to cross the Atlantic in a $6M zero-carbon yacht financed by rich people who made their wealth by the very means you condemn as loathsome.

You want us all to stop flying in jet planes without giving us an alternative as to how we would re-transform our financial and trading systems without regression to a primeval era. Click To Tweet

There are a few things that we, the rational adults of the world who are not bowing to you like guilt-ridden obsequious Babbitts need to say to you, Greta.

First, we did not rob you of your childhood or of your dreams.

You are the legatee of a magnificent technological civilization, which my generation and the one before it and several others preceding it all the way to the Industrial Revolution and the Renaissance, bequeathed to you.

That growth-driven, capitalist technological civilization has created the conditions for you to harangue us over our betrayal. It is a civilization that eradicated diseases such as smallpox from the word, and that lifted millions out of abject poverty in a universe you think is dying and decaying. It assured you a life expectancy that exceeded that of your ancestors. Most likely by focusing on economic growth which you demonize, and scientific advancement, that civilization will further enhance a robust quality of life and health for your descendants.

Here is a hard truth to ponder, Greta: if the great producers of this world whom you excoriate were to withdraw their productivity, wealth and talents—in short—their minds from the world today, your generation would simply perish.

Why?

Because as children you have done nothing as yet, with your lives besides being born. This is what we expect of children until such time as they can be producers by learning from their elders. You are understandably social and ecological ballast. You are not yet cognitively advanced to replicate the structures of survival of which you are the beneficiaries.

Children are important installments in the future. We have invested in you. It is you and your smug generation, which thinks they have nothing to learn from the older ones who are failing themselves. Whom do you expect to employ the majority of you if you have neither the job credentials or life competency skills to navigate the world? The future unemployable-skipping- school-on-Friday obstreperous children?

The truth, as one anonymous blogger aptly put it, is that your generation is unable to work up to forty hours per week without being chronically depressed and anxious.

Its members cannot even decide if they want to be a boy or a girl, or both, or neither, or a “they.”

They cannot eat meat without crying.

I might add that your generation needs “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” as pre-conditions for learning in school.

Its members have a pathological need to be coddled and protected from the challenging realities of life.

Your generation is the biggest demander and consumer of carbon-spewing technological gadgets and devices. An hour without any of them and too many of you succumb to paralyzing lethargy. Click To Tweet

Your generation is the biggest demander and consumer of carbon-spewing technological gadgets and devices. An hour without any of them and too many of you succumb to paralyzing lethargy.

Your generation is the least curious and most insular set of individuals one has ever encountered. Your hubris extends so far that you think you have nothing to learn from your elders.

Yes, we have betrayed you: by capitulating the world of leadership to bored, attention-deficit children who spout bromides, platitudes and slogans that a rudderless and morally relativistic culture accepts because a significant number of its denizens have become intellectually bankrupt and morally lazy.

The logical endpoint of your ecological vision would see us living in primeval conditions eking out an existence in jungle swamps in which we would regard poisonous snakes and man-eating tigers as our moral equals.

We would have to adapt ourselves to nature rather than adapt nature to meet our needs, like all members of civilized civilizations do.

Your vision would see us foraging for mushrooms and plants without knowing which were inimical to our digestive systems. Under your system we would swelter from heat, die from rampant plagues and starvation because there will be no air-conditioning units, no sophisticated plumbing and irrigations and sewer systems, no anti-bacterial soap made from animal matter, no pesticides and chemicals to sanitize our food and drinking supplies: just one primordial swamp of human putrefaction.

Under your system we would swelter from heat, die from rampant plagues and starvation because there will be no air-conditioning units, no sophisticated plumbing and irrigations and sewer systems. Click To Tweet

If civilization is left in the hands of your ecofascist supporters we will be living in grass huts, drinking animal feces infested water, and shrinking in fear from polar bears instead of killing them for food when they attack us.

Greta, living in complete harmony with nature is the death of creativity. Understand this. All great civilizations were forged in the crucibles of proper exploitation of the earth. Those who lived on the land with oil and did nothing with it never had a right to it in the first place.

Non-usage of God’s resources is the cardinal sin because it results in the un-development of our human capabilities, and makes us indistinguishable from beasts.

Your generation needs to be taught the morality of wealth creation, rather than only parasitically benefiting from it. The only revolution you will lead is one into nihilism and civilization regression.

You need to learn about the moral case for fossil fuel. You owe it to yourself to understand how as, Kathleen Hartnett White has detailed, the harnessing of the vast store of concentrated energy in fossil fuels allowed mankind, for the first time in human history, to escape intractable constraints and energy limits that had left all but the very privileged in total poverty and depravity. Before the Industrial Revolution, all societies were dependent on a very limited flow of solar energy captured in living plants for subsistence needs such as food, fuel and shelter.

But we, the creative enterprisers, will not go back to the Dark Ages.

Your philosophy can be summed up as follows: 

What was good for my anthropoid ancestors is good for me. Do not rock the boat, or even build one as that will require cutting down a tree. Do not disrupt nature. Do not dare to see the earth as rightfully belonging to us. We don’t have the right to use our brains in a manner that can transform our needs into a material form. Let’s conveniently forget that production is the application of reason to the problems of survival. Let’s all diminish the grandeur of man and his luminous potential. Crush the Thomas Edisons of this world.

The apocalyptic world vision you hold has been a strip landing for those who have hated progress throughout history. Your apocalyptic predictions have been made for millennia, and, we’re still here.

The apocalyptic world vision you hold has been a strip landing for those who have hated progress throughout history. Your apocalyptic predictions have been made for millennia, and, we’re still here. Click To Tweet

We will still be here long after you’ve grown up and we have forgiven you for skipping classes, thereby lowering the intelligence quotient of an entire generation.

Jason D. Hill

https://albertapressleader.ca/professor-writes-critical-open-letter-to-teen-climate-activist-greta-thunberg/

33 Comments
  1. Tonyb permalink
    February 11, 2020 6:00 pm

    Have we got any pictures of greta bursting into tears as she read this, stamping her feet and shouting ‘ how dare you!’

    What a great diatribe.

  2. Joe Public permalink
    February 11, 2020 6:00 pm

    Telly-Tax payers’ money being generously diverted by Aunty into Greta’s & her adult-handlers’ coffers.

    The fees and expenses to be paid to the juvenile truant’s ‘business’ absolutely must be open to full scrutiny.

    • dennisambler permalink
      February 11, 2020 7:06 pm

      She is definitely suffering from Kroner virus…

  3. February 11, 2020 6:05 pm

    How, why do the likes of Michael Gove, or other educated people fawn on her?
    Have they no critical senses?
    Do they believe fawning will help them politically?

  4. JohnM de France permalink
    February 11, 2020 6:05 pm

    When I left my UK school (aged 15) in 1952 I had to work 48 hours each week (6½ days a week) and had 2 weeks holiday each year. I believe that teenagers of today could not do this.
    When I obtained a scholarship to go to college we studied from 09h to 17h15 each weekday. We then went home (or digs) and worked another 2-3 hours with homework and Lab Reports.

    Teenagers, today, are soft and guilty of the “poor me” syndrome. A load of loosers.

    • sonofametman permalink
      February 11, 2020 11:06 pm

      I had similar experience after my first year at university in 1978. I had a summer job in a textile mill on the day-shift service squad. 50 hours a week of hard graft over six days , and I cycled a 25 mile round trip every day to do it. Slept well ! Now past 60 I still cycle to work (desk job though), and regard that summer as one of my formative experiences.
      I respect people who can do those tedious, sometimes hard and wearing jobs long term.
      Low-wage graft is not fun.
      I’ll wager that none of the tweeting fools who hyperventilate over the ‘climate emergency’ have ever done a job that of that nature. And I don’t mean serving coffee to hipsters pretending to work on their lap-tops.

  5. February 11, 2020 6:18 pm

    A copy should be sent to every MP, of all parties, to remind them of a little basic sense. Including Boris. I intend to forfward a copy to my MP.

  6. February 11, 2020 6:25 pm

    Far too long for a teenager to read. Reduce it to the length of a tweet and that might get their attention.

  7. AaronH permalink
    February 11, 2020 6:27 pm

    I don’t think Greta could concentrate long enough to read all that! There are probably too many words.

  8. Broadlands permalink
    February 11, 2020 6:35 pm

    “[Greta] You have comported yourself as a credentialed adult and climate change activist…”

    Once again… it is not these child puppets, it’s their adult puppeteers…those with the credentials needed to adapt their models (and the data they use) to meet and forecast their goal of a ‘climate emergency’…an apocalyptic future in need of a takeover? Indoctrination!

  9. kathy marquard permalink
    February 11, 2020 7:36 pm

    I had no idea that letter existed….I love this newsletter full of good information. It was a great letter of truths but I have to agree with others here that it has more to do with her adult handlers than with her. They write her good speeches.

  10. John K permalink
    February 11, 2020 7:42 pm

    Have a look at this Youtube video from Rebel News in Canada, 7.07 minutes in it features in a hotel corridor in Edmonton Alberta on 18th October 2019 none other than Rob Liddell who is the Executive Producer for BBC Studios

    • Joe Public permalink
      February 12, 2020 1:58 pm

      Did he too suffer the privations of crossing the Atlantic in a “zero-carbon” racing yacht that had no toilet and electric light on board, or did he simply accumulate an impressive collection of AirMiles?

  11. February 11, 2020 8:07 pm

    I’m not worried about Greta. In a year or two the hormones will kick in and she’ll be normal. I’m more worried about the head of the BBC Science Unit. She seems to believe that BBC science programmes are for very thick people.

  12. Jackington permalink
    February 11, 2020 8:09 pm

    This poor radical child, having been exploited so wickedly by her parents et al has now been taken under the BBC;s wing for further use. It reminds me of what is happening in the other religions that radicalise children to spread the word. Isn’t there a law against this sort of thing?

    • Henning Nielsen permalink
      February 12, 2020 5:39 pm

      Jackington; she is 17, but she does indeed both look and act like a child. Next year she is an adult, too late then for child protection laws.

  13. Jason permalink
    February 11, 2020 9:29 pm

    How do “authoritative” “complex issue” and “Greta Thunberg” fit together Rod????

  14. Stonyground permalink
    February 12, 2020 7:57 am

    This letter needs sending to every member of the UK government as well. They are showing every sign of being just as ignorant and stupid.

  15. Dibnah permalink
    February 12, 2020 11:20 am

    In defence of teenagers, they didn’t create the world they live in. They have been deceived by the older generation.

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      February 12, 2020 1:14 pm

      Deceived? How? They have no critical thinking skills and no intention of applying themselves to acquire them. Point and shriek, like a monkey, expect poo throwing next.

      • Dibnah permalink
        February 13, 2020 3:50 pm

        Most teenagers have not developed a cynical mistrust of those who claim to be in authority; that can take many years to acquire until it reaches the point where life’s experiences create an automatic cynical mistrust of anyone in authority

        Who is responsible for teaching teenagers critical thinking skills? Certainly not other teenagers.

        Greta is demonstrably mentally ill, she should be treated sympathetically and with understanding. It is likely that anyone who follows a belief system is mentally ill.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      February 12, 2020 9:29 pm

      Dibnah, your namesake, Fred, would be appalled by your conclusion. Look him up and understand that he knew more about industrial development than the Greta. At least, he was not afraid of heights. Or hyperbollix.

  16. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    February 12, 2020 12:10 pm

    Never mind Greta, here is one young lady who really ought to have her own show.

    Naomi Seibt doesn’t need a script or prompting. She knows her science and will answer any question off the top of her head without hesitation.

    Outcasts is always worth watching. Naomi takes a little time to warm up and get ‘who she is’ out of the way, but by the end she is motoring. She also has that rare knack of effortlessly coining succinct phraseology to sum-up a point.

    And thank God for SkyNews Australia. They are stunningly in the Greenies’ faces on climate change and an invigorating breath of fresh air across the entire news spectrum.

    • Henning Nielsen permalink
      February 12, 2020 5:45 pm

      Miss Seibt is extremely impressive in her views on the climate issue. It takes courage and a lot of independent thinking to go against the massive propaganda that young persons are subjected to today. Here is hope for the future!

  17. cajwbroomhill permalink
    February 12, 2020 1:51 pm

    Deceived by left liberal forces and parasites with snouts in troughs of dirty money from the CCscams.

  18. Gamecock permalink
    February 12, 2020 3:07 pm

    What was life like for a teenage girl in Sweden a hundred years ago?

    She can’t comprehend how much better off she is than people just 50 years ago.

    The thrust of her demands would put girls in Sweden back a thousand years.

  19. Gamecock permalink
    February 12, 2020 4:01 pm

    A 17-year old school dropout agreeing with them should scare climate activists to death.

  20. saparonia permalink
    February 12, 2020 7:36 pm

    I’d like to challenge this young lady to live off the land for a couple of months in an area where she would have to walk to gather the things she needs to survive. By survive I mean, gather her own resources for her survival such as water, food, shelter, warmth, light during darkness hours, repairing equipment. This would have to be documented and there must be people within observation ability to a/ ensure that she doesn’t actually die or be injured to the point of it being life threatening and also people who would ensure that no-one went and slyly slipped her food water etc. If she could do this and if she actually and honestly carried this through then she would then have my respect. I managed this in my younger days so if she is all she says she is lets bring it on!!

  21. February 13, 2020 6:45 pm

    We need to understand that Greta is only a “Parakeet” mouthing the words that her Activist father, mother and uncle wrote for her. She doesn’t fully understand the subject that she addresses and we should understand her position, she’s been groomed and continues to spout words that have been written for her since she herself is unable to adequately address a subject she knows little about.

  22. cajwbroomhill permalink
    February 13, 2020 7:38 pm

    One way to help Greta supporters think again is to fit a loudspeaker in their cars which cries out
    “HOW DARE YOU”
    each time they press the engine’s starter button!

  23. DirkDigler permalink
    February 16, 2020 8:24 pm

    Excellent work.

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