[muziek] The 1975 – Greta Thunberg
We are right now in the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis
And we need to call it what it is.
We must acknowledge that we do not have the situation under control and that we don’t have all the solutions yet.
Unless those solutions mean that we simply stop doing certain things
We must admit that we are losing this battle
We have to acknowledge that the older generations have failed.
All political movements in their present form have failed
But homo sapiens have not yet failed
Yes, we are failing, but there is still time to turn everything around. We can still fix this.
We still have everything in our own hands
But unless we recognise the overall failures of our current systems, we most probably don’t stand a chance
We are facing a disaster of unspoken sufferings for enormous amounts of people. And now is not the time for speaking politely or focusing on what we can or cannot say.
Now is the time to speak clearly
Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that homo sapiens have ever faced. The main solution, however, is so simple that even a small child can understand it.
We have to stop our emissions of greenhouse gases
And either we do that, or we don’t
You say that nothing in life is black or white
But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie
Either we prevent a 1.5 degree of warming, or we don’t
Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control, or we don’t
Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t
That is as black or white as it gets
Because there are no grey areas when it comes to survival
Now we all have a choice
We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations
Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail
That is up to you and me
And yes, we need a system change rather than individual change. But you cannot have one without the other
If you look through history, all the big changes in society have been started by people at the grassroots level. People like you and me
So, I ask you to please wake up and make the changes required possible. To do your best is no longer good enough. We must all do the seemingly impossible
Today, we use about 100 million barrels of oil, every single day. There are no politics to change that. There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground
So, we can no longer save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed
Everything needs to change. And it has to start today
So, everyone out there, it is now time for civil disobedience
It is time to rebel