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CHARBONNEAU – Greta Thunberg gets it wrong on panicking over climate

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. (Image: climatechangecanada.org)

I SYMPATHIZE WITH Swedish teen Greta Thunberg for her outrage at the mess that my generation has left the world in. We just wanted to create a culture with every convenience that minimized effort and maximized the burning of fossil fuels.

But my guilt is not going to solve the problem. Neither is her panic. “I don’t want you to be hopeful; I want you to panic,” implores Thunberg.

Panic is not a useful reaction, says Calgary based author Chris Turner: “No society can function on panic indefinitely, and no one writes new building codes well in a panic.” (Walrus magazine, November, 2019)

What will work? Well, one suggestion is to put ourselves on a war footing as we did during World War II.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

1 Comment on CHARBONNEAU – Greta Thunberg gets it wrong on panicking over climate

  1. “What works is the steady, almost imperceptible pace of dedicated bureaucrats writing building codes and working to achieve real change, government by government.” No, I don’t agree with that at all. Bureaucrats are not leaders. What we need is leaders with understanding, vision and resolve. In particular and presently here in our city we have none but we have plenty of bureaucrats perpetuating the problems we need to solve.

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