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Climate Change: Grand Hopes-Grand Fears

 Climage Change: Grand Hopes – Grand Fears

By Rob St. Germain

As grandparents we want the very best for our grandchildren.  Knowing that they will face many challenges, we try to guide them with our hard-earned wisdom and offer them our hopes for the future.

So, it was with a bit of shock that I heard Greta Thunberg, a dark-eyed, poised and articulate 16-year-old say, “But I don’t want your hope.  I don’t want you to be hopeful.  I want you to panic.  I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.  And then I want you to act.”

Whoa!  What’s all that about?  Though young, Greta has already distinguished herself as a leader and spokesperson for her generation.  So much so that she was invited to speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, a gathering of 2500[1] business leaders, international political leaders, economists and academics, to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world.  And she is speaking about climate change.

“Solving the climate crisis is the greatest and most complex challenge that Homo sapiens have ever faced,” says Greta, and her belief is supported by a majority of scientists around the world.

Whether you are a believer or not I urge you to listen to Greta’s words.  Listen more than once.

She gets ‘it’.  Her generation gets ‘it’.  Many millions around the world get ‘it’.  We all need to get ‘it’?   We need to be as fearful as she is and we need to act.  You could say it is our duty as grandparents.

Greta’s closing words at Davos, “I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”


climate changePapa Rob is a grandfather and retired management consultant living in Ashland, Massachusetts.  His world view is a gift from the many people of various cultures around the world with whom he has worked.

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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