Home | About | Donate

Joining Thousands of Swiss Climate Strikers Before Davos, Greta Thunberg Tells World Leaders: 'You Haven't Seen Anything Yet'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/17/joining-thousands-swiss-climate-strikers-davos-greta-thunberg-tells-world-leaders


Greta Thunberg Tells World Leaders: ‘You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet’



Keep going, Greta et al. Keep shaming la mierda at Davos.


What we must do to save the planet .

The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions

End our love affair with the automobile

Ride more trains and buses

Car pool

Walk and bike more

Change from air conditioners to electric and hand fans in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter

Become vegetarians or vegans

Refill plastic water bottles with tap water

Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation

Maximize use of reusable bags and products

Recycle junk mail

Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans

Drive and accelerate more slowly

Climb more stairs

Plant more trees

Forego use of spray cans

Ride more trains and buses

Repair, mend and alter as much as possible

Buy solar panels

Compost as much as possible

Last person out of the room turn off the lights

Eat and farm organic

Ride more trains and buses

Fly fewer planes

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Use manual tools instead of power tools

Share more

Use rakes rather than leaf blowers

Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water

Maximize reusable bags and products

Replace lawns with vegetable gardens

Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns

Compost as much as possible

Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);

Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;

Limit endless gadgets

Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Decrease consumption

Limit family size

Buy smaller cars

Local Government Actions

Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)

Institute a carbon tax

Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit

Expand bike paths

Have shareable (zip) cars

Ban electric outdoor signs;

Eat and farm organic

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings

Federal Government Actions

Eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel corporations

Ban gasohol

Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war

Shrink, do not upgrade nuclear arsenals and increase treaties

Discontinue night baseball

Promote making electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible

Promote recycling

Set standards for making appliances to be as energy efficient as possible

Discontinue single use aluminum cans

Ban electric outdoor signs

Subsidize solar and wind power;

Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture

Reverse deforestation, plant more trees

Restrict spray cans

Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings

Promote zero population growth with free condoms and educate girls world-wide

Mandate making smaller cars

Proscribe junk mail

Scrap the mission to Mars


All great ideas Donald. The catch is getting 7 billion people to implement them.


She charms my socks off with her English grammar: You haven’t seen anything, not a jot!

How refreshing: There are corners of the world where people are safe from our folksy idioms.

1 Like

Exceptionally accurate. People will slag your list because they don’t want to do everything personally possible to slow down the anthropogenic juggernaut of destruction. They just want to blame fossil fuel companies.
The most pushback you’ll get is when you talk about limiting family size.
The stark truth is that every human creates a net loss for the biosphere and contributes to anthropogenic mass extinction.
Every child born is one more nail in the biosphere’s coffin.
Humans worship the human species as their ultimate idol, and it’s fueling the death of the biosphere.

1 Like

As old Chicago activist and Red Frank Lumpkin used to say, “always bring a crowd.”


Oh my God, how I love this young woman!!!

1 Like

Get rid of the heavy drugs and stop the overdosing.
Stop the flow of oil and stop the global warming.
Just to be clear, I’m not in good enough shape to power a Flintstone car.

1 Like

I don’t think we got the memo here on how to gather a yuuge crowd such as that pictured.

all excellent ideas though I suppose some will prefer to say its all up to the corporations and government officials so they can avoid doing these things.
I’d also add, don’t have more than 2 kids. We can’t expect to adding additional billions of people to the planet and expect anything to be sustainable.

1 Like

There are good comments from readers of this article; here is mine:

  1. computer produced model of exactly how much carbon can be emitted by humans and human required enterprise (livestock production, etc) in order to bring CO2 to life sustaining levels.
  2. Assign that amount into equal per person shares world wide. Industry would derive its allotment from those shares (An example would be similar to gas rationing during WWII.). Only that amount of gas-oil-coal would be allowed to be produced for energy purposes.
  3. All fossil fuel/CO2 emitting products would be Nationalized and under the supervision of a world agency that would strictly control production amounts worldwide.
  4. Individual shares could be bought, sold and traded between owners as needed.
  5. Cheating on allotments or fabricating or counterfeiting allotments would be punished to the maximum extent of very strict and harsh laws.
  6. All National profits from the sale of fossil fuel natural resources and energy production and purchase for use would be used for renewable energy research, development and subsidizing such renewable energy sources as come to be.

Its not a “catch” it’s just regularly reminding others how to do the easy, daily things that cumulatively make a difference, all while taking such reminders from others as welcomed nudges to help us all work and live better together. This isn’t about righteousness, smug is almost as bad as smog. This is about us all working together to help everyone to have increasingly better lives, day by day, year by year, that’s a root kernel of Progressivism

1 Like

You ain’t been going to the right rallies! Unfortunately, the MSM seem embarrassed to cover the large rallies that have been, are now, and will increasingly, occur. Doesn’t project their preferred narrative. So we can’t blame it on people not paying attention, they can’t pay attention to what they don’t know.
That’s why we focus on getting people to talk to their families, friends and yes, even acquaintances and strangers, about what’s important to them, and why that is personal to them.
That’s when people begin to tune in,
and turn on, to what it means
to “feel the Bern.”
Bernie/Nina 2020-2028
(at the least)

As to the Yaba Dabba roadster, while there is certainly room for specialty, clean energy alternative sport and recreational vehicles, most of the daily transportation needs can/should be addressed through a variety of distributed public transportation networks and power assisted individual transportation systems. The former could include everything from international high-speed rail, ships and air transportation to auto-drive mini-van size taxi-pods, whereas the latter could involve all manner of privately owned and operated vehicles for 1-16 individuals , everything from bicycles to small buses.
ICE is not the only, nor even “best” choice for most transportation requirements and even in the few areas where ICEs offer some advantages, carbon-neutral alternative/bio fuels are an acceptable trade-off for keeping currently sequestered paleologic reserves sequestered in the ground.

no plastic bottles . . geez:

Procreation is a function of all life. Overpopulation occurs for any species that is not sufficiently limited by its environment. What modern human beings worship is power, primarily in the form of the ultimate idol, money. But power is also energy, mastery of which has allowed us to break through our environmental limits (or so we thought). It is the drive for power that has lead us to destroy much of the biosphere, and continue to do so though we know better. Thus, overpopulation is a symptom and not the cause of the impending catastrophes.

1 Like

A symptom leading to the cause?! Everything on earth.is hard wired to procreate. In the case of us humans, most particularly the female,

Fossil fuel products are driving climate change, ocean acidification, and huge mountains and islands of plastic waste growing across the face of the planet. Wars are fought over it. Industrialization exploded with it. Consumerism sprung from it. Technology grew with it. So did capitalism. It made famine almost unheard of.

Power is the greatest drug, whatever the form it takes. And as a world, we are addicted to fossil fuels to the point where we have collectively chosen self-anihilation rather than to let go of that power. We don’t even know how to. It is taking children like Greta to teach us how to stop. Children are actually our only hope for even having a future. They are the only thing that may change our minds and snap us out of this madness.

Too complicated and unenforceable, and we have already long overshot our allotments.