What happened to Dianne Feinstein today is actually halfway through the story. So I will take you back to the beginning. This is not the order I planned on writing in, but the climate activists are ramping up quickly. So please bear with me.
On August 20, 2018 this picture was tweeted by @wedonthavetime0
Notice the carefully worded text. “A 15 year old girl”. We’ll get back to why this is strange in a bit.
We Don’t Have Time is a Swedish for profit corporation. It’s stated mission is to create a social media platform geared towards those interested in climate change. It is is due to launch on Earth Day this year.
The CEO of this company is Ingmar Rentzhog. This excerpt is from Nordic Business Insider.Emphasis is mine:
Having been one among many concerned citizens, Ingmar Rentzhog, who took part in Al Gore’s recent climate education program in Denver, “Climate Reality”, decided to take action, and infuse technology into a climate change initiative he had founded a few months earlier called We Don’t Have Time.
Rentzhog returned from Denver as one of 12,000 leaders in the 135 countries that belong to Al Gore’s climate network. He gathered a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors in the Nordics, many of whom also belong to Gore’s network.
The bigger aim of We Don’t Have Time then, is to become a platform that helps discern between good and bad climate change iniatiatives. It does so through: 1) A #metoo-inspired social media movement to create urgency around climate change 2) A tool that allows people to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ decisionmakers’ and companies’ comments and initiatives regarding climate change 3) A ‘Tripadvisor’ for climate change, which helps rank various initiatives.
Yes. Al Gore. We will return to our pal Al in a later installment. This one is intended to show you how the climate emergency movement started using a child. The youngest named “climate activist” celebrated by the movement that I have found is 11.
Back to Greta. She is 15 years old. According to an interview with Democracy Now! she also has a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome which is on the autism spectrum.
Greta: I have Aspergers Syndrome so I see things a bit different. I see things as black or white. So I guess I saw the world from a different perspective. So I saw what was wrong with the world.
Interviewer: What does it mean to have Asperger’s Syndrome?
Greta: My brain works a bit different. And I usually don’t enjoy prosepecting the social game the rest of you seem so fond of. And I don’t like lying and I see things in black or white.
Her father Svante was very clear during the interview about Greta’s obsession with climate change beginning at the age of 9. He actually says she stayed out of school for a year due to her distress and all but stopped eating and talking. Greta herself describes that period as being severely depressed and not seeing the point of living. Obsessions and fixations are not unusual in people with Asperger’s even to the point of anxiety and depression.
So how did Ingmar Rentzhog, CEO of a for-profit climate change technology company called We Don’t Have Time, just happen to come across this 15-year-old girl standing outside the Swedish Parliament and continue to document her three-week-long school strike? Great question.
Greta and her mother were both featured in Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) a large Swedish newspaper on April 21, 2018 talking about the family’s book on Greta’s emotional issues and climate change. The book launch was set for August 24, 2018.
On May 4, 2018, Ingmar and Greta’s mother, Malena Ernman a well-known opera singer and activist, were both featured attendees at a gala that kicked off a large climate conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Greta’s younger sister Beata was also featured. From what I can gather from the translated Swedish press, the family is high-society in Sweden and her mother is quite well known.
On May 30th, Greta was awarded for her writing on climate change by SvD. In June, a Twitter account was started for Greta.
When asked in the Democracy Now! interview what made her decide to sit outside Swedish Parliament for three weeks, here is what she had to say:
Greta: Well it started with a couple of youths in the United States who refused to go to school because of the school shootings. And then someone I knew said what if children did that for climate?
Interviewer: Oh, you’re talking about the Parkland students in Parkland Florida?
This man was later identified as Bo Thoren with Fossil Free Dalsland according to a post on “Greta’s” Facebook page:
In may 2018 I was one of the winners in a writing competition about the environment held by Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish newspaper. I got my article published and some people contacted me, among others was Bo Thorén from Fossil Free Dalsland. He had some kind of group with people, especially youth, who wanted to do something about the climate crisis.
I had a few phone meetings with other activists. The purpose was to come up with ideas of new projects that would bring attention to the climate crisis. Bo had a few ideas of things we could do. Everything from marches to a loose idea of some kind of a school strike (that school children would do something on the schoolyards or in the classrooms). That idea was inspired by the Parkland Students, who had refused to go to school after the school shootings.
So we have a bunch of favorable Swedish press about Greta and climate change. She is contacted by “some people”, one of which was Bo Thoren and her mom just happened to attend a gala with a the CEO of a for profit climate change platform We Don’t Have Time. And that CEO just happened to be trained by Climate Reality, Al Gore’s organization.
Then somehow, mysteriously, just four days before her family’s book is set to publish, the corporate account for the CEO tweets about a lonely 15 year old girl outside Swedish Parliament. And that girl is Greta Thunberg.
Oddly that tweet tagged Greta’s account, even though the tweet did not name her. It also tagged Jamie Margolin a teen climate activist in the US and her organization Zero Hour. Guess who else? Climate Reality, Al Gore’s organization and People’s Climate Strike.
According to the blog The Wrong Kind of Green, the following people retweeted the tweet.
The “one 15 year old girl” tweet was then re-tweeted by Paola Fiore, founder and CEO of ETICAMBIENTE® Sustainability Management & Communications Consulting. Fiore is also the National Coordinator for Italy for The Climate Reality Project Europe.  Affiliations, memberships and partnerships of Fiore’s firm include, (but are not limited to) the Association for Coaching, Eco Community, United Planet Faith & Science Initiative (Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a founding member is Dr. Rajendra Pachauri), 2degrees (funded by the European Commission), and the International Coach Federation. ETICAMBIENTE® holds membership with both the Climate Reality Project, and it’s client, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.
At this point, Greta was well on her way to becoming the face that launched 1,000 Climate Strikes. She was interviewed by Swedish and European press about her school strike. The @wedonthavetime0 Twitter account was especially excited about the profiles in The Guardian and the New Yorker.
Or maybe they were just envisioning how this stunt could impact a round of funding they were going to embark on. After they gave Greta an honorary board position. Which they later had to remove because they got caught.
Nothing to see her though. This was all the passion of a child with a distaste for prospecting the social game and pure happenstance. Then it turned in to an international media circus and speaking tour. Uh-huh.
I guess Bo Thoren knew they were on to something big on August 24th. It is the first time we see the hashtag #ClimateStrike.
Did anyone else know the Arne Duncan was involved in Parkland?
This accosting of Dianne Feinstein by a group of zealous children is just the beginning for any establishment Democrat who eyes the Green New Deal with skepticism. Stay tuned. Tomorrow I will tell you all about the Sunrise Movement and the peculiar tie to The Club of Rome.