Thunberg, Yachting for Climate Change
Thunberg, Yachting for Climate Change
Climate change activists find it hard to resist one of their own. Especially when it’s fresh-faced, 16 year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden.
Thunberg first gained national attention by walking out of school in the fight for a greener planet. She was subsequently joined by other students in climate change walkouts worldwide. Hey, who needs education when we’re all going to die in 10 years, anyway? She also said meeting with President Trump would be a “waste of her time”.
Why should I waste time talking to him when he, of course, is not going to listen to me? I can’t say anything that he hasn’t already heard.”-Greta Thunberg
Now, Greta is on a trans-Atlantic journey aboard a $4 million-dollar yacht. The Malizia , is a 60-foot, high-speed racing yacht. The journey itself is expected to take two weeks. The point Greta is trying to make? Who needs air travel, anyway?
Except the team who organized this virtue-signaling event will have to fly 5 people to New York to pick up said yacht. Psst-rumor has it, Greta and her dad are flying back, too. So much for poo-pooing airplanes, Greta.
@JuliaHB1 Did you know holier than thou @GretaThunberg & her virtue signalling yacht trip to New York reaches new levels of hypocrisy when you find out 5 crew members are flying there to bring the boat back. And rumour has it, she’s flying back too. https://t.co/QnmD26n8Ob
— Wayne Martin (@waynemartindm) August 16, 2019
Ahh. I smell the stench of white privilege, don’t you? Personally, I can think of things that smell so much better. I just love the smell of jet fuel in the morning!
As the German newspaper Taz points out, the yacht trip means more CO2 will be released into the atmosphere than if just Greta and her father had traveled by air because six members of her team have to fly back to Germany from New York.
‘The sailing trip triggers at least six climate-damaging air travel across the Atlantic. If Thunberg had flown with her father, only two would have been necessary to come to New York,’ reports Taz.-Zero Hedge“
Greta compared her excursion thus far to “camping on a roller coaster“. She says she is not sea sick. Good for her. Because we are.
If those in power today don’t act, it will be our generation who will live through their failure. Those who are under 20 now could be around to see 2080, and face the prospect of a world that has warmed by up to 4C. The effects of such warming would be utterly devastating. Rivers would flood, storms would wreak havoc on coastal communities and coral reefs would be eliminated. Melting polar ice caps would lead to dramatically higher sea levels, flooding coastal areas. Places on Earth will become uninhabitable.”-Greta Thunberg
First off, I would like to say as a parent, that I wish Greta a safe journey. A trans-Atlantic crossing in any vessel that is not a luxury cruise ship is not for the faint of heart. There are people in the social media community who are saying some pretty hateful things about her and the crew’s safety and to me, that is unacceptable.
But here is where the reality check comes in. I saw a meme yesterday and thought about its truth. It read:
People worry about what kind of planet we’re leaving for our kids might want to consider what kind of kids are we leaving for our planet.”
Greta Thunberg has no sense of reality. Greta Thunberg has no sense of humor. I don’t blame Greta for these traits, I blame her parents for raising a privileged, little snot nose. We have way too many of these brat holes in the world today. Too many parents telling their kids that they can change the world and people have to listen to them. Too many parents telling their kids that their voice is important without telling their kids to listen to others and do their research before opening their big, fat mouths. Think I’m picking on this kid too much? It’s fine. She’ll be okay. Some Ivy League school will court her when it’s time and she’ll fly places to do speaking engagements while she turns her nose up on people like my husband because they fly jets and are wrecking the environment.
If Greta wants to do something about uninhabitable places, and I mean really DO something that will have concrete and tangible impact on our communities, perhaps she should visit inner cities or third-world countries (unlike Sweden) and see how those people live. You know, the ones who would never have an opportunity to go to school, much less skip it to virtue-signal and go on an extended yachting trip.
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