Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Why Only The New Generation Can Save The World
When I saw the IPCC report warning that Planet Earth is in even worse shape than most humans thought it was, I was stunned.
So soon, so devastating.
The world is failing in its effort to avert catastrophic climate change, a United Nations panel warned Monday, and the result will be more deaths and climate refugees due to extreme weather and rising seas, a greater rate of species extinction and reduced economic growth.
I wondered how we were going to get out of this one, and where do we go from here?
And the only thing I could think of was the urgent need for generational change.
For as the environmental writer Andrew Nikiforuk wrote shortly after Donald Trump was elected President, some truths are self evident, and none more than this one.
The Baby Boom generation, the most destructive and selfish generation in the history of the planet, has made its last political statement.
And if that was true then, it's even truer now.
The world needs the new generation for only it can provide the leadership to transform how we live on this planet, and save us all from the place where the old have taken us.
There is no better example than this transformational power than these two maps of Britain.
This one shows what Britain would look like after the next general election if only the over 65s were given the vote...
With most of the UK a solid Tory blue.
While this map shows what Britain would look like if only the 18-24s voted...
With most of the UK a solid Labour red, except for the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland.
And its not just that the new generation is the most progressive generation in human history, it's also the generation that has been least compromised by our collective march towards oblivion.
And without the wealth or the vested interests of the old, it's the one that can best imagine and implement the radical changes needed to make life on this planet more sustainable.
And banish the dilapidated old Cons who offer up nothing but gloom...
But insist on trying to suck up all the oxygen in the room, even though their day is almost done, and the future does NOT belong to them.
As the Italian philosopher Antoni Gramsci once wrote before he died in a fascist prison:
"The old is dying and the new cannot be born. In this interregnum there arises a great diversity of morbid symptoms."
Well now the new is being born. It's the biggest voting bloc in Canada and the United States.
And the same ones who are fighting the dirty old men in defence of women's rights...
Are also the ones who will fight for that new and better world.
Once the boomers proclaimed that "you can't trust anybody over thirty." And while I wouldn't go that far. We are going to need people of all ages to heal the planet.
The new generation must be given the political power it needs to do what must be done.
For only they can save our only home from those who would destroy it...