By Greta Thunberg
Deadly heatwaves, floods, storms, wildfires, droughts, crop failures…
This is not “the new normal”.
We’re at the very beginning of a climate and ecological emergency, and extreme weather events will only become more and more frequent.
After the catastrophic recent developments – especially in Western Europe – everyone seems to be talking about the climate emergency, and rightly so. But as soon as these tragedies are over we’ll most likely forget about it and move on like before.
Unless we treat the crisis like a crisis all the time, we will not be able to halt the climate emergency.
People in power are now trying to act responsibly, saying lots of beautiful words. Everyone seems to forget that they are the ones responsible for putting us on a pathway towards a several degrees hotter and destabilized planet.
My thoughts are with everyone affected by these events.
- Liège. Bruno Fathy/ Belga/AFP
- Bootleg fire, Oregon USA. KTVZ
- Walporzheim, Rhineland Palatinate. Credit unknown