Climate Change, Greta Thunberg, and Adult Responsibility

This last week we witnessed the youth marches for climate change initiated by Greta Thunberg all over the world. One of G-ds first admonitions to Adam and Eve was that he was giving man “dominion” over both vegetable and animal kingdoms and Man’s gift is to enjoy and benefit from it, but along with these gifts Adam is enjoined to watch over it and to preserve it for all generations. (Genesis Chapter 2 v. 15.). G-d makes man responsible for the world that he has been dropped into.
Man is fallible and he makes mistakes but Rosh Hashanna, the Jewish New Year, comes to tell us that we do have second chances and its up to us to grab them and not to give up.

The Greta Thunberg phenomenon shows us that the world can be aroused to action. The problem, I find in her movement, is the lack of humility of a sixteen year old Greta Thunberg. She is so certain of the rightness of her cause. I don’t blame her for this. We were all this way at her age. I remember my Mother telling me not to believe the commercials on television and did I believe her? Absolutely not: I was convinced that Mom was wrong and I was right.

She Idolizes “science” without being a scientist. It is easy to be taken in by media and films: Here is another point of view from a mature scientist:

Change is possible and is taking place all of the time. We should not be so eager to accept the demonized picture of current adults and governments foisted on us by Greta Thunberg and her followers.



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I am a film producer and CEO of AskAbigail Productions. Currently working on a documentary film/musical theatre production about the life and times of Moshe Kraus, a musical child prodigy and a legendary cantor/hazzan/Jewish prayer leader whose life spans the history of Jews in the twentieth century.

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