"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."
It's been a long time since I felt any hope. Year in year out we seem to only get worse as a species. More and more incompetent leaders are elected into positions of power and we push the planet further and further into collapse and nothing seems to give; yet, these words give me hope. Greta Thunberg gives me hope.
And that's important. The future has not yet been written and there is time enough to prevent the chaos that is coming our way. Greta Thunberg is an inspiring vegan and environmental activist, a leader and a voice the world so desperately needs.
This book - No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference - collects her speeches to date, and they are all very powerful and convincing. She wants us to panic more than she wants us to feel hope; she wants us to recognize what is happening so we can act and prevent any more destruction. We need to wise up and take greater responsibility for our actions. We need to become vegans and minimise our environmental impact. We need to start caring.
Language is so important, calling what we face by its true name is the key. This is the strongest element of her rhetoric; her simple and mature ability to rationalize and address the problem at hand: the environmental crisis. Because that's exactly what we face. She has called adults out on their irresponsibility and complete lack of foresight at the European
Economic Social Committee earlier on this year, calling those in attendance irresponsible children.
Her words work towards shaming our so-called leaders and governments that are tasked with protecting the welfare of their nations. But what's the point of protection if none of these nations have a future?
Words of a child
It takes the words of a child (the words of the future generation) to get people to listen and they certainly have had a rippling effect on an international level. She's been nominated for the Noble Peace Prize this year and if she won, she'd be the first vegan to do so which would
be a tremendous victory for the movement.
I think she deserves it for the interest and attention her words have given the environmental crisis we face. She has a striking ability to
get to the heart of the matter and is without a doubt one of the most influential people of the 21st century.
I also love how she embraces her Asperger Syndrome and celebrates the strengths it has granted her, calling it a gift rather than a hindrance.
So, this is a great little book full of encouraging words and hope, hope that this planet will one day have a future if the world listens and starts caring. Greta Thunberg does, indeed, prove the sentiment her book title evokes: No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.
It's time to start panicking.