Greta, Greta Thune Berg, Sweden discussed on A Whole Lotta Gray
Two week journey from Plymouth to New York. Did you know that two of her initial crew members had to fly to in New York at the start since there wasn't any space left on the sailboat. And did you also know that. Two of her crew members had to fly to New York after regretted journey in order to sail it back from New York to Plymouth says Greta was sticking around in North America for an extended period of time after her speech. This is not awesome random conspiracy theory that I'm paddling by the way major European media outlets such as the times and the UK Andor Spiegel. Germany have confirmed this Julianne Jonge gear a member of the creative professional's networking group and senior journalist and editor based out of Michigan in the United States estimated that the the flights taken by those four people load generated more than two point one million grams of carbon dioxide. And what does this number look like. For perspective respective the US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that roughly two hundred thousand acres of forest would be required to offset that level of of carbon emission so this is emblematic of what is generally wrong with a lot of efforts in the climate activism space today the lack of a practical solution to cut down on carbon footprint in scalable and cost efficient manner. And don't just take my word for it. The University of California Climate Solutions Russians group. Infers that unless future climate proposals actively account for cost efficiency and its practicality within a strong regulatory regulatory framework those climate proposals would ultimately be rendered to list Greta Bloomberg has been immortalized as the face of the climate movement movement. But has she actually been the most devoted climate activist in terms of commitment to preserving the environment. Well when we look at add global outreach regarding the fight against climate change and in terms of sheer time spent preserving the environment it is super hard to discount at the impact of Solomona that Mika from Tim coup which is a rural district in southern India. Her story is simply mind boggling. She's lived for more than a century still alive today. By the way at a hundred seven years old She grew up impoverished in rural southern India and is a recipient of the pod mastery and has an international NGO called thin macos resources for environmental education which functions bulletin Los Angeles as as well as in Oakland in California when we look at all of this alone. It's already far more than what Greta has brought to the table. In the fight against climate change inch and like Mrs Dominica there are numerous other individuals around the world who were making efforts to preserve their local environments. But yet they're we're not receiving the same spotlight despite having done a ton to preserve the environment and who hail from far more vulnerable parts of the globe then Sweden. There's probably another Solomona that in your backyard. Who you've never even heard of so far grotto's most prominent prominent geopolitical action is filing an official complaint against five countries France Germany Turkey Brazil and Argentina China for their failure to prevent environmental degradation in their respective jurisdictions? Now all this sounds well and good but the complaint seems to have have no tangible and goal in sight apart from ensuring that the five countries will do their adequate share to cut down on carbon emissions. I mean we've all heard that before right. It's not like we've never heard politicians or heads of state make empty promises. So here is the thing. There's no penalize regionalization. There is no sanction that can be meted out by the international legal system. Should these countries failed to comply with grads demands. There is no oh real incentive to cut down on carbon emissions insofar as it promotes economic growth in a cost efficient manner. which is the reality for for a lot of these countries today in conclusion? Here's what we can surmise about. Greta and her activism her activism has done an amazing job job of garnering much-needed media attention on a highly pressing issue. And it's also brought about increased awareness. Add vigor in the fight to preserve move our environment however this awareness vigor and activism needs to translate into tangible policy reform in order for her her to be heralded as the champion climate activists of our time. So let's take a look at three reasons why her activism needs to go a long long way way. That is if she's serious about making any sort of meaningful change the first so we know that she's filed a lawsuit against five nations agents. Brazil Argentina France Germany and Turkey. But you know who the five biggest polluters per capita in the world today are it's the US Saudi Arabia Canada South Korea and Australia. None of whom she's included in this lawsuit even if we take her at her best case scenario. Which is the symbolic lawsuit? We spoke to you about earlier. GIULIANA versus the US will in all probability ability get reversed by the Supreme Court as Stated by Columbia University's Center for climate change which we sided and spoke to you about earlier in this episode and the top five countries generate more than sixty five metric tons of carbon per capita per annum to put the things in perspective again. What does this number look like as for the US Environmental Protection Agency? This level of carbon emissions is enough to power more than thirty million smartphones so unless her activism magically finds a way to incentivize these five nations nations from cutting down on emissions. It is super unlikely that she's going to have any global impact in the fight against climate. Change the second reason Greta Foon Berg hails from Sweden. which is a highly industrialized? Society would less than ten million people bull to put things in perspective. That number is smaller than the population of most metropolitan cities in countries like India. Brazil will China or the US aid. Rio De Janeiro New Delhi Shanghai. These are all cities that have more people than all of Sweden. So the reality reality is this a lot of the majorly populated countries right now need to emit some form of carbon in order to get to the same levels of industrialization socialization that the Nordic countries like Sweden or Norway or Finland. Enjoy today. Tom Audela. Who is a journalist as a part of the Associated Press Presses East Africa Bureau reports that ninety percent of the waste in nations that are classified as low income is either burned or or dumped owing to a lack of proper waste management infrastructure the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the US states? That burning waste is a major reason for the worsening of Air Quality Day state that almost thirty percent of global emissions that cause air pollution. Come from waste-burning. I think now a lot of these. Low income countries don't have the mechanisms to recycle or process the waste that they generate. Why is all of this relevant for starters? How do you expect those countries to transition to renewable sources of energy like wind or solar hydro and cut down on their carbon footprint rent when they're burning plastic and burning rubber just to dispose of them? I for one can't help. But think that Grenada's preaching to the rest of us to assembly stop burning even though there's no real alternative proposed comes from a highly privileged point of view. Sweden had time to industrialize. Sweden had time to develop so they can afford to divorce themselves from the realities that low income countries go through to dispose of their waste. Ace signed APPS energy and environmental consulting firm based in Boston says that solar panels are luxury for the citizenry of the US. So then how do you expect. Countries like Ghana Baucus Tan or Liberia. To make this transition if people in America think this transition is expensive if the citizens of the low income developing world were all on twitter the might have even asked Greta how dare you in response to her wistfulness to have everyone transition to renewable resources. This reality is a sobering reminder that Greta Thune Berg while her intentions and activism maybe well well-meaning hails from a socioeconomic upbringing that cannot comprehend many of the realities that serves obstacles to solving climate change the third and final final reason carbon emissions are going to continue to get polluted insofar as both economic growth as well as cost. Efficiency are on the table. So that being said Said Gratis. Best Bet is best echoed by on Mahindra. Who is the chairman of the Mahindra Group in India? which is one of India's largest companies is an is an MNT worth roughly thirty billion dollars? Here is her to find a way for sustainability to promote economic growth. But not wild. That's a great solution. To harsh reality is right now. It would cost countries and immense amount of time and money to make that transition and the Institute for Energy Research estimates that it would cost four point five trillion dollars and at least the next three decades for low and medium income countries to successfully make that transition again for perspective four point five trillion dollars is roughly a quarter of united skates GDP. So where will these poor countries get the cash from. It's only once. Sustainability brings the same promise of economic growth and and cost efficiency as fossil fuels do D- Global Fraternity can work on collaborative solutions to more efficiently invest there are Indian tax tax credits. Unsustainable practices that are not only environmentally friendly but also economically viable. And until. And unless that happens. It's I'm just going to be deemed as privileged discourse where those individuals who hail from small and industrialized economies are chastising the rest of the world to do not develop and to not burn fossil fuels without providing any alternative as to how we can use ECO friendly renewable sources of energy to our advantage while remaining cost efficient in conclusion. I've got a couple of things to save as a sixteen year old Greta. Thune Berg is certainly commendable. Most sixteen year olds me included. Were probably just playing xbox all day at her age without a care in the world and she certainly has gotten a lot of people involved loved the discussion. And you could even argue that. This is only the beginning of her journey but the hard truth is this. She has been the recipient of an insane amount of media coverage and has been deemed as our savior right now to combat the climate crisis. What about the other unsung heroes in your backyard? Around the world in low and medium income countries that we've been ignoring we've shown you in this episode itself that there are other activists both for the environment as well as for for children's rights who have done more than Greta has but have not received any of the attention. I cannot help but wonder that given Greta does lack of understanding thing about the context that racial minorities and other impoverished communities live through around the world have we chosen the right person as a symbol for the movement that is supposed to be dealing with the greatest threat that our generation is.