There are billions of you and you are all smart enough to know that in order to maintain growth in the development of the free market economy billions of consumers should continue to consume more of the limited resources of this planet with all industrial might.
You know perfectly well that it is not possible to continually consume more of limited resources without eventually depleting them.
Nevertheless, the persons responsible for keeping the free market economy going still pursue growth it its development. Listen to them.
As a consequence the ecological problems increased in number and became worse.
At the same time the persons responsible for keeping the free market economy going committed themselves, before you were born, to achieve the Millennium goals. They did not achieve any of them. One of the goals was: “Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger” by the year 2000! You ask the kids of Yemen if that is true. Another goal was: “Ensure environmental sustainability.” All the ecological problems that cause more and more damage to the environment clearly show that this goal has not been achieved at all.
So, the Millennium goals were expanded to the Sustainable Development Goals. They will not be met either and cannot be met as long as the macro-economic practise is: maintain growth in development. To the contrary, the ecological problems will become worse and will worsen faster and faster.
When the Millennium goals were established it took some years before it became clear that all the measurements taken did not have the desired affect. After the climate conference in Paris, in 2015, criticism and proofs of the inefficiency of the measurements appeared soon after the conference. The latest climate conference in Katowice, Poland in December 2018 was considered to be a success because it came up with the Katowice Rulebook. It took just a few days before two girls from a high school in Belgium decided to organise a demonstration by children for better measurements to control the climate. They hoped to get at least 20 participants. On January 10, 2019, 3000 children had skipped class and marched through Brussels. The number of admirably well-made boards with very clear messages was unaccountable. Right afterwards, politicians fell all over these children, praised them, met them and smothered them. They are back at school and have been forgotten.
Only the hashtag #youthforclimate remains.
So, what now?
There must be millions of you studying in a chemistry course the law of ‘t Hoff-Le Chatelier; dynamic processes of which the equilibrium is disturbed react in a way to re-establish the equilibrium. When you apply this law on the macroscopic scale of the processes of Nature, this law seems to be valid as well. Nature is a large collection of dynamic processes of which the equilibria have been perturbed since the industrial revolution began. Nature is re-establishing the balance by wiping out the disturbing element: human species. The amount of volcanoes that erupt increases as well as the number of eruptions per volcano. There are more earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, storms, floods, fires and snow. The death toll runs just in the hundreds. This number will increase until millions of human beings die in natural catastrophes. You, who are now children, will be among these millions if mankind continues to consume more.
You do not have the slightest chance of getting the age of your parents or grand parents as long as consuming more is the goal with which billions of consumers spend their money.
To prevent such a future, you could register to shop on the “biosustainable” market, but you are not yet 18, so you might need permission of your parents to do so. If they would give it, you could spend your (pocket) money on this market with as goal: live with products with an ever-higher ecological content. You could then even try to convince your parents of registering as well. If there are many of you who spend your money on the “biosustainable” market you could successfully pursue the goal: safeguard the integrity of Nature for this and following generations. Then you can all age gracefully.
If you are allowed to register, then do indicate your age and year of birth. Everybody will then notice that children will not shut up, that you are aware that a group of heads of state cannot control the climate of a planet, cannot solve its ecological problems, even if they wanted to do so and that only consumers can do it, because consumers can adopt ways of living that keep nature in perfect condition, as you will be doing by shopping on the “biosustainable” market.
It is up to you to decide whether you will let yourself be killed in natural catastrophes by trusting the promises of politicians which they have not kept in the last half century or whether you will take the initiative to shop on a market where you can maintain ways of living that keep nature sound by spending your money on products with an ever higher ecological content. In that case you can live long enough to enjoy the pleasures of retirement. That is possible by shopping on the "biosustainable" market.
I would thoroughly enjoy meeting you there.
In the mean time, I advice you, nay urge you to study this whole site to verify whether the arguments presented are sound. You are smart enough to validate the concepts on which I base the "biosustainable" market. Trust me only when you are convinced.