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Friday was a truly historic day for the potent new social movement committed to sounding a global alarm about the climate crisis. The Global Climate Strikes, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, age 16, may end up being the largest mass protest for action on global warming in history.
What kind of action? The activists need to be asked, "what is the plan that you all agree on"? "Listen to the scientists"? The scientists don't have a plan. They don't make the decisions. If they did, the deployment of nuclear power would probably not have halted in the 80's and if it hadn't, carbon emissions wouldn't have been such a big issue today. Why did it halt? A few reasons, but a major one was precisely activism, thanks to Greenpeace and others. It's not the lack of plans that make activists. People become activists because they don't like the plans for various reasons. Doing nothing is one plan, but not the only one.
I'm not very optimistic about the climate activism. Climate change has been overhyped and exaggerated beyond comprehension. There is a new generation actually thinking that they have no future, or that humans will go extinct, or that wildlife and nature will collapse, unless we do something about climate change. This is the generation that, according to the very same organisation publishing the climate reports, has the best outlook ever in the entire history of humankind for a long, healthy life. The greatest threats to nature get ignored: land change, pollution, or simply that humans leave too little to nature for itself. It's all based on feelings, not rational thinking. The last thing nature needs is a new generation thinking that nature will get fixed by blanketing the earth with solar panels and wind farms, whilst transforming more fertile landscape for biofuel and ecofood, and by reversing economic growth, We rather need to produce more with less and leave more of nature for itself.
It's not a very difficult task to reduce carbon emissions significantly. Nuclear energy is proven. It's expensive, but still practical and costs tend to drop as technology progresses and deployment increases. We've already lost decades of progress. To a large extent due to activism.