Today when I was listening to the speech of Greta Thunberg, I could hardly hold my tears. I was tremendously moved by the strength of this 16-year-old fearless girl who does not hesitate one second to tell the most powerful people in the world how bad they are doing things. Even when some people in the audience laugh because they think it is funny.
But there is nothing funny about her message. In October last year, when the IPCC launched their report, they estimated that we had 12 years to keep global warming within 1.5C degrees and avert possibly catastrophic consequences for the planet. Today that number has been cut to 8 years. Can we really think that we can introduce the radical structural changes that are needed at a global scale in 8 years? Can we even hope to achieve anything without having on board the USA and China? If history has told us something is that deep transformations, at that scale, in such a short time are almost impossible.
Not long ago, I ended up a presentation about Innovation and Sustainable Development with a quote of Scott Fitzgerald from “The crack up”
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1936. ”The Crack up”
Today I wonder if there is any hope to “make them otherwise…”