This is utterly shocking. Who could have known the after having had her 15 minutes of fame and rubbing elbows with global elites at the World Economic Forum and the United Nations that Wednesday Adams … er … Greta Thunberg would make such a (ahem) bold statement.
Interspersed among the usual directives about the need to pressure political leaders, her message was more radical and more militant than it has been in the past. There is no “back to normal”, she told us. “Normal” was the “system” which gave us the climate crisis, a system of “colonialism, imperialism, oppression, genocide”, of “racist, oppressive extractionism”. Climate justice is part of all justice; you can’t have one without the others. We can’t trust the elites produced by this system to confront its flaws — that’s why she, much like Rishi Sunak, won’t be bothering with the COP meeting this year. COP itself is little more than a “scam” which facilitates “greenwashing, lying and cheating”. Only overthrow of “the whole capitalist system” will suffice.
So now we are finally seeing the contours of Thunbergism. Run your eye down the contributors to The Climate Book and you can see who she’s been reading: Jason Hickel, Kate Raworth, Naomi Klein. For these people the climate crisis isn’t man-made. It’s made by capitalism, as are the other forms of social injustice which plague society. There’s no GDP growth — especially of the capitalist sort — without increasing carbon emissions. The only solution to this state of emergency is for rich countries to immediately abandon economic expansion as a social goal.
Overthrow of the capitalist system after she cashes in, of course. This not only after having secured her book contract but also having been heaped loads of publicity, praise and money while Thunberg’s enablers even laugh all the way to the bank. No doubt Europeans really appreciated the scolding she delivered to them about climate change while people can’t afford to pay for food and utilities.
But it’s not like Communism hasn’t been tried before and it worked so well, didn’t it?