The Eloquence of Blah Blah Blah
Greta Thunberg’s speech at the Youth4Climate Summit last week was a masterclass in eloquence and in calling out BS from world leaders for failing to act on climate change.
A classic case of the telling emperor he wasn’t wearing any clothes.
The blah blah blah eloquently told the world leaders that young people are fed up of their empty words and promises.
The blah blah blah perfectly articulated the frustration the younger generation feels with the grown-ups charged with making decisions that will adversely impact their futures.
The blah blah blah was an impassioned plea that we need to do better by our youngsters.
Not just on climate control but on a range of looming issues that will disproportionately affect young people.
These issues transcend borders, they aren’t national issues anymore, these are issues of global import:
– Like the regulation of social media sites that server up harmful content and ads to teenagers that are proven to cause or worsen mental health issues for them. Following last week’s testimony by whistle blower and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, we now have proof for what we previously only suspected.
Enough of the blah blah blah, it’s obvious these companies cannot and will not self-regulate so it’s time to enforce regulation and oversight from entities like the Center for Humane Technology, Accountable Tech, SumOfUs etc.
– Like the predatory marketing practices of day trading platforms targeting youngsters.
Enough of the blah blah blah, it’s time for them to cease and desist from entrapping clueless teens into that gamified, addictive rabbit hole.
– Like the tobacco industry specifically targeting teens with their cotton candy, chocolate and cherry vape flavor using the winning three pronged strategy — sweet, cheap and easily obtainable.
Enough of the blah blah blah, no more slapping of wrists or of meagre fines that are a drop in the oceanic profits of the industry behemoths.
– Like educating teens about personal finance in a way that does not promptly hit the off-switch in their brain, so that they can set themselves up for a future based on their own terms and understand what it means to be financially empowered. So that they can understand and stand up against the growing income and wealth gap around the world.
Enough of the blah blah blah, how much longer are we going to use the tired and toxic excuses of lack of time, funds or resources to educate our teens on the topic of money?
The time for reckoning is close, we need to clean up our act and ensure we don’t earn the distinction of being known as the generation who fiddled while the world burned.