Editor’s Letter: A Tribute To the Emmas and Gretas
This hyperobject that is global warming is something we live through but cannot grasp. At least not most of us. I think about it all the time–that I don’t act the way I know I have to. It pains me.
I also think about it in relation to my Make it last co-founder, my beloved Emma. Our approaches to the questions we face daily at work–sustainability, climate change–are essentially different.
Emma relates to the planet, and to existence–things larger than our own lives–more hands-on than I will ever do.
Thus, Emma worries acutely about the climate and the world her son and the generations beyond him will live in. It affects the way she reasons about having children.
It’s beyond some weekly magazine’s definition of ”climate depression” (that more readily applies to us really only feeling bad about not feeling bad about the planet about to collapse).
It struck med the other day, Emma has no ordinary fear of dying, probably because she sees herself as just a part of a bigger picture. My fear of death, to compare (and this makes me laugh) is ever present and I eat happy pills on the daily to conquer the idea of life constantly progressing towards an end (yes, I do unfortunately see an end).
Sure, Emma can be self-aware or anxious like the rest of us when it comes to everyday things, but touching on questions of life, death, earth, water, air, she thinks in ways that all seem to have in common the fact that she doesn’t see herself like the focal point.
She’s not the centre of her life.
If you ask me, that’s is pretty uncommon. And although I’m not diagnosing Emma with anything but this ability, of which I am deeply in awe, it makes me think of Greta Thunberg.
Greta credits her Asperger diagnosis with why, when she became aware of climate change as a young child, she couldn’t move on the way most of us can. For her, it was, and is still, black and white. I’m sure her diagnose is a double-edged sword, but in this specific case, it means something for the world and I wish I had a hint of something similar. Like Emma does.
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