by Pelle Bengtsberg
How to create From nothing
During a Fridays for Future strike, my fellow student Yain held a speech that was genius to my ears! She spoke about her garden and how beautiful it seemed to her, how blossoming, vibrant and full of life it appeared to be.
Then Yain told us she came to the realisation that her garden was blossoming because it was dying. It appears very basic when you understand that an ecosystem under hard pressure will do everything it can to reproduce, flowers will blossom and plants will sprout.
And here comes the genius part: She said that we have to be like those flowers. We have to admit that we are under extreme pressure, let's be honest maybe we are dying? And therefore we have to bloom! We have to create, discuss, share, care and give evidence! By accepting that we are dying we can react against it.
This was during the first Fridays for Future we organized in Bra, it felt important to show to the world and even more to ourselves that, as students at the University of Gastronomic Science, we care! And that we are aware of the current state of emergency.
That feeling of importance soon relented - however, the climate crisis did not. We were a group of people who came together because we wanted to see the same involvement and exchange we saw during Fridays for Future to be implemented in our every day life. We started to formulate a think-and-do tank.
Greta Lab can become a space for us to blossom in, embedded in the university as a student organization, just like the already existing ASSG.
Greta Lab will be a platform for us to create, discuss, share, care and give evidence.
It will be be a reminder that we are dying, but, at the same time, a platform for us to work against this and to promote a common environmental health instead.
Greta Lab is nothing for now, a frame that can be filled by all of the students who feel like they need to do something about the climate breakdown, just as we do.
But even though the LAB’s current state is nothing, it is here! By existing it is doing its job, all together we can gather to act like the flowers. And from now on, only the future knows what it will develop into. Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is not faced.