Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future, Art, and this global Systems Change planetary system we’re in

Inequality is when you are left to clean up the mess at the party for US$15 an hour.

A collective of indigenous Australian corporations are allowing a new highly-protested coal mine (the Carmichael coal mine proposed by Adani Mining) to have a lease on their native lands.

The Native Title land leasing system was created to give indigenous Australians some income for compensation for being displaced from their land by Colonialism.

Are GenZ and the dispossessed supposed to live in cardboard boxes, never fly in a plane, and be malnutritioned so as not to take anything from those who live in prosperity?

Are we all “guilty of the sins of our fathers”?

If critics expect Thunberg to walk on water, are they also going to do the same?

‘”Saudi Arabia recognises this threat to its economy. An old quote from the Saudi oil minister, Ahmed Zaki Yamani, paints the situation clearly: “The stone age did not end because the world ran out of stones, and the oil age will not end because we run out of oil.’” – Jacob Brown, via World Economic Forum


Some critics think Thunberg should still be in school.

What school could teach her the enormous things she is learning and in turn, is teaching us?

I say that as a lifelong artist and student of Art.

Call it a performance if you like, a publicity stunt, or a religious pilgrimage. I call it Art.

There hasn’t been anything like this before.

Robert Hughes wrote an influential book about the history of Art – The Shock of the New.  This is shocking, and this is new.

I don’t mean Thunberg on her own. I mean all the Fridays For Future protesters who don’t get the media attention she gets but who Thunberg is connected to, and who we can see are connected to our countries, our friends, and to us.


I was talking to a friend today who’s just earned her BA in Teaching. We spoke about our favourite teachers, and how at 16 we were horrible to our teachers, but we had teachers who actually encouraged us to see the faults in things and to think for ourselves.

We had a Canadian teacher teach us English Literature in high school. Once he let us play outside in the snow (it was the only time in 40 years we’ve had snow on the ground in that town here in Australia. Another day in 1984 we compared the Jimi Hendrix version of All Along the Watchtower to Bob Dylan’s original. One day he took us on a walk around the school, and I remember we looked at the sunlight coming through the stained glass window in the entrance hall, and we also looked at the boys’ toilets (he got in trouble for that). I also remember one girl independently didn’t go in like we were possibly supposed to. Nobody was wrong.

Our most memorable teachers were not afraid of “being wrong”, because they knew that’s not the end of the world. That’s how we learn new ways.

Do any critics have a better annual curriculum for Thunberg and Fridays For Future protesters than this global systems change planetary system we are in, when the world is trying to be her teacher and/or student?

Because it’s literally the end of the world if we don’t all learn new ways from what’s happening.

We’re all learning from each other.


What new ways are you learning?


You might like to read An Adaptive Spiral about individual health systems change or We are all transitioning.

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