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Act out of love, not fear

Letter

It is sad that Greta Thunberg was made Time 2019 Person of the Year. She has little scientific knowledge and little ability to make any real change other than being a mouthpiece to expound emotive rhetoric.

It is sad that today's youth feel they are burdened with the responsibility to “save the planet”, to quote from her speech at the World Economic Forum, the annual convention of CEOs and world leaders in Davos, Switzerland in January:

“I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

The fact is, there will be an increase in bushfires, floods, famine, hurricanes, rising sea levels, volcanic activity, earthquakes, war, terrorism and financial crises, and there is nothing anybody can do to stop it!

That doesn't mean that we should be fatalistic and do nothing, though, as we are the caretakers of this world.

We need to start at home and get our relationships right with God, our family, friends and our environment, and be as self-sufficient as possible.

As a city and country, the less reliant we are on external input the better.

We need to make wise decisions based on fact, love and caring, not fear or panic. Then we can make a difference!

Kevin Missen

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  1. Lara Meyer says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I have read your opinion quite a few times, feeling a bit nonplussed actually.
    Nothing we can do to stop it? Stop climate change, terrorism, poverty, war? Your message sounds a bit defeatist don’t you think?
    Of course Greta deserves recognition, the fact that you and I know who she is and what she stands for suggests that her messages, albeit uncomfortable to digest, are working.
    People who have the most to lose tend to be the ones who make the courageous decisions to speak up and lead others when situations are untenable. That, right now in these times, is Greta Thunberg and the bright young activists right here in NZ. They will have to live with the decisions their parents and grandparents are making right now.
    In the recent past, brave people like Rua Kenana, Titikowharu, Dame Whina Cooper, Martin Luther King and many others have chosen to take action rather than acquiesce or bury their heads in the sand (or the bible) when they see something very wrong. They were prophetic too, just as she is.
    I agree that we should act locally and do what we can, including being kind, thrifty with our resources and careful to walk as lightly as possible on the land. But Greta Thunberg is a little star and we are lucky to have young people like her looking out for the rest of us.