18-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg wants us all to know we’re doomed.
According to Thunberg in a Washington Post interview, we should have started rolling back our emissions (aka caring about Earth) 30 years ago. We didn’t do that, so now Thunberg says we need to “fundamentally change our societies.”
When asked if she has more or less hope now than when she started this mission at 15 years old, she noted that “we have wasted several years of blah, blah, blah.”
But she does have a glimmer of hope, partially because of the pandemic. Covid has “shown how fast social norms can change,” she said. “If I would have gone up to someone and shaken hands with them during the worst part of the pandemic, that would have been totally unacceptable. But just before the pandemic, everyone did that. It changed, basically overnight, people’s mindsets. And that just shows the possibilities.”