Although I have a lot of respect for the former President of the USA, I do feel he has lost touch with reality somewhat.
I was very annoyed after Barack Obama’s speech at the Cop 26 in Glasgow. As a man with influence he has to measure his words, because they can be taken out of context and lead to dire consequences. Also he should not assume things, there is a saying ‘When you assume you make an ass out of u and me.
In a world where people do no longer listen to or read full stories, it is dangerous when you use words which evoke emotions. Because nowadays people are only interested in headlines and sound bites.
I will not post the whole speech but I will have a link of the transcript at the bottom of the blog. Here are the things he said which annoyed me and what I believe can be seen as inciting hatred.
“So to all the young people out there, as well as those of you who consider yourselves young at heart, I want you to stay angry. I want you to stay frustrated, but channel that anger, harness that frustration, keep pushing harder and harder, for more and more because that’s what’s required to meet this challenge. Gird yourself for a marathon, not a sprint, for solving a problem this big, this complex and this important has never happened all at once. Since we’re in the Emerald Isles here, let me quote the bard, William Shakespeare, “What wound,” he writes, “did ever heal but by degrees.”
Prior to that he said “Folks in my generation have not done enough to deal with a potentially cataclysmic problem that you now stand in here.”
I know, but I sincerely hope I am wrong, there will be people who will see this as a call of channeling that anger towards what Obama calls ‘folks from his generation’ I happen to be a member of that generation.
Obama did not consider the fact there is a militant element to these climate activists. Their is a highly potential chance that they see this as a call and a blessing to take violent action to those who Obama claims to be responsible, or at least has created that narrative.
Then there are many ‘folks of his generation’ who have done more for the environment than the current eco warriors have done or will ever do. They are the people who didn’t have to be chauffeured every where , they took the bus, bicycle or walked. They didn’t fly everywhere either, they had to save for months and months to perhaps go on a flight once every few years. We did not use plastic bottles but glass and would return them for recycling.
Every time when I pass by a site where these ‘new generation of eco warriors’ protested about the climate crisis, I am astounded by the rubbish they leave behind. Folks of Obama’s generation were taught to pick up after themselves. We did not have or want all the newest gadgets or wanted to replace them every few months.
We did not leave a TV on all day, we did not leave on a light for longer then needed. Even now we only put on a heating when it is absolutely necessary. The list is endless but I hope you get what I mean
So when Obama is talking about folks of his generation who is he talking about? The same Obama who flew to Glasgow where he could have done an on line speech. Mr. Obama also seems to forget that he was the most powerful men on earth for 8 years, and aside from signing a few agreements he did very little about climate change.
When you tell one group to be angry and put the blame on another group, you open up a Pandora box ,aside from that it is a form of fascism. I am not a fan of Trump, far from it, I hate everything the man stands for, but if he would have said those same words there would be a global outrage.
One last thing, I recently saw a documentary about Cobalt mining in the Congo. It was truly awful, deformed babies being born, young men dying, deforestation, depleting minerals all so we can drive electric cars to safe the planet. I never saw any of these eco warriors in Congo.
This is your chance Ms. Thunberg, Mr. Obama, Mr. Gore have a balanced approach and go to the Congo and other places where Cobalt mining is happening just so that we can ‘safe’ the planet. Go there rather then go to luxurious resorts where they have Climate conferences.