Greta Thunberg’s climate strike

Today is the big day for protesting climate change. Our virtuous neighbors will abandon their pavement-melting SUVs and ride the commuter rail (service ever two hours, whether you need it or not!):

This Friday, September 20, many members of the Lincoln community plan to attend the Boston Youth Climate Strike at Boston City Hall. We will board the 9:09 am train at Lincoln Station. Around the country and around the globe, young people and their adult allies will be leaving school and work to raise their voices to protect the Earth’s climate from further damage by human caused fossil fuel emissions.

St. Anne’s in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Lincoln, invites anyone who is planning to take the 9:09 train to join us for a brief Liturgy for the Climate at Lincoln Station beginning at 8:45 am. Join our clergy and members of our congregation as we offer prayers of blessing for the Earth and acknowledge the climate emergency threatening the future of humanity. All are welcome!

You can find information about the Boston Youth Climate Strike on the web site for Massachusetts Mothers Out Front.

The school strike for climate, also known variously as Fridays for Future (FFF), Youth for Climate and Youth Strike 4 Climate is an international movement of school students who take time off from class to participate in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. Publicity and widespread organizing began after Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, staged a protest in August 2018 outside the Swedish Riksdag.

If you have not experienced Greta’s eloquence, please watch her Ted Talk. Greta recently took a sailboat trip from Sweden to New York City to be present for the strike with youth from New York prior to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Greta Thunberg was the object of derision among Scandinavians on our recent Northwest Passage cruise. She traveled to New York on an “emissions-free yacht” (New York Times) or “zero-emissions sailboat” (CNN). If you read unsanctioned news outlets, however, you’ll learn that eliminating one transatlantic flight required about $5 million in construction cost for the yacht (imagine how many trees could have been planted!) and multiple transatlantic flights for the crew (The Sun and Voice of Europe and Spectator).

Readers: What are your neighbors doing for the climate strike?

Update: Gridlock from all of the climate protesters trying to get home in their SUVs…

Related:

  • betterlincolnschools.wordpress.com: Our climate-conscious neighbors vote to bulldoze a school (newly built or renovated 24 years earlier) and spend $110 million on a same-size replacement (the market verdict on this project seems to be negative; neighbors trying to sell their houses are failing and prices are falling relative to other Boston-area towns)

16 thoughts on “Greta Thunberg’s climate strike

  1. She didn’t eliminate ANY trans-Atlantic flights – the planes were going with or without her butt in one empty seat.

  2. > “Greta Thunberg lives a charmed life. She doesn’t have to go to school, travels the world, is likely getting very rich, and is being used in one of the most ridiculous attempts at a propaganda coup. In this video I discuss the difference between the reality of her life and the propaganda she has been chosen to spread.”

    • So harsh!

      Nit: you imply that this 16-year-old is not sufficiently knowledgeable about science to guide politicians. Yet the typical politician took the bare minimum of science in high school, no science or math in college, and likely does not remember any science beyond the middle school level. So a normally educated 16-year-old should make a fine science tutor for a 60-year-old politician.

      Thanks for the reminder about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936_North_American_heat_wave

      Imagine if we got another one like that for 2020! The media has already exhausted its doomsday vocabulary arsenal. Would they have to invent new words?

    • If you liked the Greta video, then you’ll love this one: “My Gift To Climate Alarmists (my most concise expose of the climate scam)”

    • Oh look, someone who likes to cherry pick data to prove his point. Then make a personal attack against a 16 year old to feel good about himself. She doesn’t look like someone who’s worried about her future? Really? That’s your argument? Her flight wouldn’t have much of a carbon footprint but somehow the same does not apply to her “support staff”? She’s probably getting rich? Don’t know how that disqualifies her point anyway but I guess you fact checked as much as your climate data?

      It’s funny how people demand that this kid would be anything more than a messenger. And it applies to both sides of the debate.

  3. The biggest issue concerning climate change, migration, wars… is explosive demographic growth.
    No much discussion concerning that subject.

    • True. Any of the Earths that the climate alarmists imagine could easily support the 1900 population of 1.6 billion.

  4. Climate change is a religious movement, Phil — it is an effort to attain ritual purity (going to the mikvah has nothing to do with germs and microbes and so on) so the fact that its tenets or leaders are hypocritical or illogical is besides the point. It is a close relation of the me too movement, someone being pilloried for having appeared in black face decades ago or supposedly having pulled down his pants at a drunken high school party in Bethesda in 1985 or whatever and so on. While here in the Empire State I saw an excited mother daughter combo heading for “the strike” — the mother was in her 40s and the daughter maybe 6 or 7. I didn’t catch the mother’s sign but the little girl’s was about as big as she was and had a drawing of planet earth with the slogan “Keep the planet clean. It is not Uranus.” Clever, no?

  5. Some people have an incredible amount of free time on their hand — for a cause they don’t understand.

    For those 200 M that participated on this Earth Day [1], they should be asked: do you want to do good to the planet and the people on it? Do you want to make sure your future is “green” and safe as well as to your kids? If so, then go to 3rd word countries and make sure your voice is heard there, not in your own backyard where it is safe and open for you to speak your mind. Go to Africa, Middle East, Asia, South America, etc. and protest there. Let the government of those countries know that they need to do something about population, education and corruption. Educate those people about population growth, better use of land and resources. If you do this, only then you will save the Earth and be a real hero.

    [1] https://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/ (200 M is a drop in the bucket for 7.7 B of the earth population.

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