Matthew Steeples suggests Greta Thunberg to be well meaning but misguided; her approach to environmental issues and innovation is beyond over-simplistic
Sixteen year old ‘eco warrior’ and ‘school striker’ Greta Thunberg, on the surface, means well. She cares about our planet, but her oversimplification of environmental issues and the fact that her pushy parents have willingly enabled her to traverse the globe ranting and raving in a somewhat scary fashion is nothing but wrong.
In an interview with The Telegraph on Monday, veteran Finnish rally driver turned politician Arti Vatanen summed up the issue with this “complicated adolescent” when he stated: “Those people who are preaching at us that the sky is falling, like Greta Thunberg, say don’t build, don’t buy, don’t fly. Come on – that’s the end of humanity. We need progress. We need to go forward all the time. We cannot stop doing things. We just have to do things better. Progress needs to go on. We are like a flock of sheep – we are. We must think independently.”
Vatanen is spot on and as Thunberg set sail back to Europe aboard a catamaran to avoid taking a plane, the DePaul University professor of philosophy Jason D. Hill rightly also condemned her “apocalyptic world vision” as “belonging in the Dark Ages.” Both men are right: We do need people like Thunberg to speak out, but we must also be realistic and stop condemning innovation.