What would you do if one day, out of the blue, the truth was thrown in your face? The truth that you’d ignored your whole life?
If you suddenly realised that everyone that helped you exist had been contributing to your likely premature and heart-wrenching demise?
When I was younger, I was reading a book that roughly predicted how many years we had before the end of the world. When the sun will die, that is.
I slammed the book shut, put it on an obscure shelf, and I’ve never touched it since.
So imagine me now.
I can’t close the book, I can’t go back, I can’t do a thing to alter the truth of what I just realised.
I’ll let you off the cliffhanger now.
Before you walk away, I want you to know.
You probably thought you would never see even the beginning of the world’s end, in your lifetime.
But here’s a newsflash for you: you’re living it.
Every single person on this planet is contributing to the end of humanity.
Your children, your children’s children, and so on, WILL be affected by every one of your actions.
Our future is crumbling, and we are the reason.
“What can I do?!” You ask, desperately.
“Why are you yelling at me ?!”
I’ll be frank. You can do nothing, on your own. If one person is using metal straws, picking up litter, and recycling… well, great. But that won’t save us.
You need to do all that, and TELL people!!!!!
Your family, every friend you’ve ever had. Your city, school, college, university, ANYONE!!! EVERYONE!!!
Because if we don’t come together, we are doomed.
Because there is no try, there is only do.
I beg you, please watch this Ted Talk, and if you have Twitter, follow Greta on there, because she is so much more articulate than I am, and she says everything I’m trying to say a million times better than I can.
This is the most important thing in your life right now: to watch this video.
I wrote this – I’ll say article – after watching Greta’s Ted Talk.
What really got to me was when she talked about time. The year 2050, and how close it is, when you really think about it.
I’m pretty young, so… it freaked me out.
I sat there on my bed, looking at the reflection of the sunset on the wall, and all I could think was how much of a blessing it was that I was seeing it. That I had the time to look at it. The privilege of writing about it.
The luxury of good food, and clean water. A roof over my head. A stable life.
In my head I watched all of that get taken away.
The only threats to my life right now are depression and chance.
In that moment, and at time of writing, that seems so trivial compared to what’s coming.
Or, I’ll be positive: what’s coming IF we don’t do something, fast.
I want that ‘if’ to change.
I’ll do whatever it takes.
“Five years later , I take a deep, shuddery breath to stop myself crying. It’s not just that I can’t hold Aoife again , it’s everything: it’s grief for the regions we deadlanded, the ice caps we melted, the Gulf Stream we redirected, the rivers we drained, the coasts we flooded, the lakes we choked with crap, the seas we killed, the species we drove to extinction, the pollinators we wiped out, the oil we squandered, the drugs we rendered impotent, the comforting liars we voted into office – all so we didn’t have to change our cosy lifestyles.”
~ Holly Sykes – David Mitchell, Bone Clocks