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Greta Thunberg's “blah, blah, blah” criticism is well warranted. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

Greta Thunberg's “blah, blah, blah” criticism is well warranted. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

Greta Thunberg's “blah, blah, blah” criticism is well warranted. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA

When I first encountered Greta Thunberg’s opinions on global warming, I thought her to be a silly adolescent crank.

As time goes by however, and multiple leaders sign up to commitments they can never deliver, I realise her “Blah, Blah, Blah” criticism is well warranted. Her words describe the stark reality of what will happen unless world leaders implement changes to the most fundamental ideology which governs everything we do.

The simple reality is that the drastic changes to human lifestyle, which are needed to prevent global warming, cannot be achieved without a drastic change of ideology. Growth economics are utterly incompatible with the radical reversal of atmospheric, land-based and oceanic pollution.

The real tragedy is that for the first time ever, we have the tools to do what is necessary, but despite multiple promises and signatures, we won’t.

Such global economics are suicidal in an entirely new technological age that can supply and deliver practically everything in great abundance.

Growth, when it is no longer needed, only satisfies profit motives, producing vast oversupply used to concentrate and control wealth in stateless cartels loyal only to shareholders and more powerful than governments.

As long as the profit motive is paramount, global warming and adequate share-out of the enormous wealth technology can create will be distant seconds.

At this very late hour, economic ideology must be examined and scrutinised. Engage your young mind in economics, Greta, and give them hell. Otherwise, we will have hell on Earth.

Pádraic Neary

Tubbercurry, Co Sligo

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Greta Thunberg is the voice of a generation – listen to her

How can one small, young girl tower over the world leaders? These are the people who direct our paths for the next decades. And yet, at the COP26, they spoke loudly but did little. They must be called out on that – and they were, by Greta Thunberg.

There is no reason the message from one individual cannot be the right message, and it seems her message is the right one.

We all need to work to improve the environment before we get a once-in-a century event every week, as seems to be happening with the fires and floods that are happening in so many places. If I hear of a plague of locusts I am going to panic.

Maybe it’s time for the world’s leaders to listen to even one you ng voice.

The young are the ones who will live in the world these leaders leave behind.

Keep up the good work, Greta.

Dennis Fitzgerald

Melbourne, Australia

Solutions must be considered to end flooding issues in Cork

Frequent flooding is a considerable nuisance for people living and working near Cork City’s quays.

It could perhaps be reduced by connecting the quayside areas with pipes able to channel such flood water downward into large underground water-storage tunnels until the flooding has passed.

The water collected in such underground tunnels might later be used in drier periods when water is in short supply. A similar type of system, I believe, is being seriously studied at the moment in Los Angeles.

Any energy collected from surface water flowing down underground could potentially be used to bring the same former flood water back up at no extra cost, to be stored for practical uses.

Sean O’Brien

Kilrush, Co Clare

UK outlook remains bleak with the Tories at the helm

John Major is right in what he says – the current British government is the most corrupt.

The Tory government is still the nasty party, still mired in sleaze, mismanagement and cover-ups.

The Covid-19 pandemic has vividly exposed its flagrant contempt for human rights, democratic values and justice.

Thousands have died in a country that prides itself on having one of the best public health systems globally.

It is vital Johnson et al do not further marginalise those already languishing in precarious conditions.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, United Kingdom

Right-turning cyclists should get off their bikes

As traffic volumes increase in Dublin, perhaps cyclists, when making right-hand turns at busy junctions, would stop, dismount, and walk across with their bike instead?

Just to be on the safe side.

Pat O’Connell

Dublin 8

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