Despite the tearful claims of stolen childhoods, suffering and death, Greta’s generation has grown up in the most prosperous time in human history. Global hunger is at an all-time low. Fewer live in poverty than ever before. Life expectancy is up. Disease is generally down. Thunberg however is a carrier of “catastrophic thinking,” and wrongly pushes a false message of doom and gloom:
Greta Thunberg’s histrionics are likely heartfelt but neither they nor the deplorable responses they reveal are a guide forward to good environmental policy in a world that is getting richer every day. For the first time in human history, half the earth’s population is middle class or wealthier and the rate of deaths from natural disasters is well below what it was even a few decades ago. Protecting people from disaster is far more important than trying to cut back on or to stop using the products of nature. That’s what they are for. Oil, gas, wood, & coal for example are useless to every animal but are helpful to make life better for people. The msessage? Use the energy. The sun is sending more every minute. .