Swedish celebrity truant and climatism dalai lama Greta Thunberg took to The Guardian (a REALLY liberal paper in Britain you may not have heard of) to explain to the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos … well … how it’s going to be.
First Thunberg and her posse have DEMANDS:
We demand that at this year’s forum, participants from all companies, banks, institutions and governments immediately halt all investments in fossil fuel exploration and extraction, immediately end all fossil fuel subsidies and immediately and completely divest from fossil fuels.
Well that seems reasonable. Why not? We can’t have these globe-trotting teenagers feeling bad about the world. Besides, Thunberg and Company are trying not only to communicate their feelings to adults but also to understand adults’ feelings in return. Feelings are what matter, in case you haven’t heard:
We understand and know very well that the world is complicated and that what we are asking for may not be easy. But the climate crisis is also extremely complicated, and this is an emergency … Young people are being let down by older generations and those in power. To some it may seem like we are asking for a lot.
Naaaaah. They are not asking that much, and the world’s not complicated at all. Our energy infrastructure will collapse without energy investment. Millions of people will lose their jobs. But those are “us” problems, not “Greta” problems. Thunberg has no job to lose, and no school she needs a ride to every day in lieu of walking in the cold.
We call upon the world’s leaders to stop investing in the fossil fuel economy that is at the very heart of this planetary crisis. Instead, they should invest their money in existing sustainable technologies, research and in restoring nature.
Yes! The rich guys will build enough windmills over the next few months to make up for it all. Boom! Problem solved! Swedish teen power rules! Why is there not a cartoon series about this? Or a reality TV show? Wait: I’ll be right back. I need to call a friend who does production work on the West Coast …
Nature worship was endearing when it amounted to just a few San Francisco ex-hippies with “Tree Hugging Dirt Worshipper” bumper stickers on their rusty Volvos. But anxiety-plagued teenagers with messiah complexes are both more annoying and sadder to endure.
You probably have heard of the Davos Forum. That’s where the mega-rich and powerful like Bill Gates and George Soros fly in on thousands of private jets to sit around together, eat amazing food, and posture about all manner of issues, including–cue the Irony Orchestra–fossil fuel-induced climate change. For some reason, it’s impossible to teleconference about the end of humanity. It’s certainly impossible to eat fantastic meals via Skype.
Thunberg informs the jet-setters they will have to confront the fury of those who have not yet received high-school diplomas: “Young climate activists and school strikers from around the world will be present to put pressure on these leaders.”
Will the the Children’s Army walk from their respective corner’s of the world to the protest? Will they follow Thunberg’s lead and hop sailboats provided by wealthy hobbyists? Or more likely, will they–like the billionaires at whom they plan to shriek–fly in to posture, declaring that the super emergency justifies any and all consumption?
I guess it doesn’t matter. As long as the trip gets you out of school, right? These school strikers will not get stuck with the grinding task of discovering new technologies to improve and clean up energy use. They are the talent, not the stage hands.
And the demonstrations are drama. The broad strokes of this “conflict” are manufactured. A lot of the folks flying private into Davos to receive their 40 lashes from the kiddies are the same ones bankrolling Thunberg and The Funky Bunch. After all, protest travel, protest hotels, protest videos, protest signs, and protest support staff aren’t free.