This post is the second in a series of how people react to Climate Change once they “know”, that “wow” moment when they discover the truth about Climate Change. For some, that realization is overwhelming causing fear, emotional paralysis and denial. For others, the call to action is simply irresistible.
The following is the story of Bluebolt, a “young, very young” person whose response to a recent post, What Did You Do Once You Knew captivated me, prompting this follow-up. Bluebolt has chosen to remain anonymous and deliberately sparse with any personal information. Bluebolt’s story is riveting.
What Are We Supposed To Do
The following is Bluebolt’s story.
I sit in front of my computer, having read several of your recent articles. This is a website whose focus, whose stated focus, is future generations. You fear for your grandchildren. Anyone who knows about this, fears for their children and their grandchildren.
I am young, very young. And I’m afraid.
As I am a member of the first, although not the last, generation whose future will be decided in the coming months and years, one is inclined to depression, rage and frustration and, above all, powerlessness. We are being fought for and that’s comforting, but our enemies are so powerful, and so much damage has already been done. And that’s not only terrifying. It’s enervating.
Our personhood is being denied. Our right to a liveable world is being denied. There are people fighting, people marching and proposing laws and, yes, blogging about this. People do care. But not most of the people making the decisions.
Most people my age are not as stupid as most people seem to think we are. We know the only times we are ever thought about by those in power is how can our existence be turned to their profit. Don’t they realize that in the long run even their children and their children and their children aren’t safe? That even if they can hoard resources for longer than the rest of us, eventually they’ll die or suffer too? I hope they realize that one day even the people they love will curse them.
What is a person to do? What is a person to feel? How can one react? When we hear that even with the immediate change of course that’s so necessary and so ignored, we have forty years baked in already, and mass disintegration of ice sheets. How can one feel anything but powerless when some of the smartest people in the world are calling you victims of other people’s choices?
What are we supposed to feel?
How are we supposed to react?
What are we supposed to do?