I’m Tim. I’m 15 years old and I think of myself as an average teenager . Although I suppose if you took a world perspective on that , I’d be classified as very privileged indeed. I’m male, white, come from a middle class home and have access to free education and free healthcare. I’m a big fan of free healthcare. It seems like it is such a lot better than the system where it becomes a bit of a lottery.
I’ve been trying to avoid thinking about climate change. I wish I could. But it’s too obvious a problem to ignore. I know about the shrinking Arctic ice. I know polar bears are endangered. I know lots of species of animals and wildlife and birds are disappearing. I know the greenhouse gas emissions are increasing and have increased hugely. I even understand a bit about Colony Collapse Disorder and the threat it creates to everything, especially the food supply. I can see the price of oil rising fast and I can predict that it will continue to do so. I’ve heard about peak oil and have even heard discussion of peak soil. And I know that we don’t seem to be doing a damned thing about it.
It strikes me as just plain unfair that I’m born at a time when you guys have used up all the stuff that we all need to survive.
Honestly, finding out about all of this was a major disappointment to me because I was keen to cruise through life just enjoying it and not doing that much. I didn’t want to take from anyone but I didn’t really want to get involved in climate change debate and action. I’ve no real desire to get seriously into politics and community action and nagging the government or governments to do things that they seem determined to avoid. I would still much rather play video games with my friends and hope that it all went away. I know that I’m one of those people who like to put in the minimum effort for the maximum reward, and I’m fine with that. In fact I guess I related really well to the polar bear above. I’m keen to do something in psychology or law or counselling and I would have liked to have just cruised through these qualifications and enjoyed the good things life has to offer. I can’t see that that’s a real option any longer and it seems that I am going to have to get seriously involved in fixing up the consequences of so many foolish mistakes.
I don’t need a lot of money, but I do need a planet. We haven’t yet found any others and you guys have messed up this one big time.
I’m hoping that as I get involved I can be optimistic about our future , but right now it feels pretty depressing and sometimes totally bleak.
Photos courtesy Aurum3.com( for the cool polar bear) and eta.co.uk
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