The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – for Consent: The Political Economy of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex [ACT I]

By Cory Morningstar with Forrest Palmer

January 17, 2019


“What’s infuriating about manipulations by Non Profit Industrial Complex is that they harvest good will of the people, especially young people. They target those who were not given skills and knowledge to truly think for themselves by institutions which are designed to serve the ruling class. Capitalism operates systematically and structurally like a cage to raise domesticated animals. Those organizations and their projects which operate under false slogans of humanity in order to prop up the hierarchy of money and violence are fast becoming some of the most crucial elements of the invisible cage of corporatism, colonialism and militarism.” Hiroyuki Hamada, artist


1958: “17-year-old Bianca Passarge of Hamburg dresses up as a cat, complete with furry tail, and dances on wine bottles. Her performance was based on a dream and she practised for eight hours every day in order to perfect her dance.”


The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – for Consent has been written in six acts. [ACT IACT IIACT IIIACT IVACT VACT VI] [Addenda: I]

In ACT I, we disclose that Greta Thunberg, the current child prodigy and face of the youth movement to combat climate change, serves as special youth advisor and trustee to the burgeoning mainstream tech start-up, “We Don’t Have Time”. We then explore the ambitions behind the tech company We Don’t Have Time.

In ACT II, we illustrate how today’s youth are the sacrificial lambs for the ruling elite. Also in this act we introduce the board members and advisors to “We Don’t Have Time.” We explore the leadership in the nascent We Don’t Have Time and the partnerships between the well established corporate environmental entities: Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project,, Avaaz, Global Utmaning (Global Challenge), the World Bank, and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In ACT III, we deconstruct how Al Gore and the Planet’s most powerful capitalists are behind today’s manufactured youth movements and why. We explore the We Don’t Have Time/Thunberg connections to Our Revolution, the Sanders Institute, This Is Zero Hour, the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal. We also touch upon Thunberg’s famous family. In particular, Thunberg’s celebrity mother, Malena Ernman (WWF Environmental Hero of the Year 2017), and her August 2018 book launch. We then explore the generous media attention afforded to Thunberg in both May and April of 2018 by SvD, one of Sweden’s largest newspapers.

In ACT IV, we examine the current campaign, now unfolding, in “leading the public into emergency mode”. More importantly, we summarize who and what this mode is to serve.

In ACT V, we take a closer look at the Green New Deal. We explore Data for Progress and the targeting of female youth as a key “femographic”. We connect the primary architect and authors of the “Green New Deal” data to the World Resources Institute. From there, we walk through the interlocking Business & Sustainable Development Commission and the New Climate Economy – a project of the World Resources Institute. We disclose the common thread between these groups and the assignment of money to nature, represented by the Natural Capital Coalition and the non-profit industrial complex as an entity. Finally, we reveal how this has culminated in the implementation of payments for ecosystem services (the financialization and privatization of nature, global in scale) which is “expected to be adopted during the fifteenth meeting in Beijing in 2020.”

In the final act, ACT VI [Crescendo], we wrap up the series by divulging that the very foundations which have financed the climate “movement” over the past decade are the same foundations now partnered with the Climate Finance Partnership looking to unlock 100 trillion dollars from pension funds. We reveal the identities of individuals and groups at the helm of this interlocking matrix, controlling both the medium and the message. We take a step back in time to briefly demonstrate the ten years of strategic social engineering that have brought us to this very precipice. We look at the relationship between WWF, Stockholm Institute and World Resources Institute as key instruments in the creation of the financialization of nature. We also take a look at what the first public campaigns for the financialization of nature (“natural capital”) that are slowly being brought into the public realm by WWF. We reflect upon how mainstream NGOs are attempting to safeguard their influence and further manipulate the populace by going underground through Extinction Rebellion groups being organized in the US and across the world.

With the smoke now cleared, the weak and essentially non-existent demands reminiscent of the 2009 TckTckTck “demands” can now be fully understood.

Some of these topics, in addition to others, will be released and discussed in further detail as addenda built on the large volume of research. This includes stepping through the looking glass, with an exploration of what the real “Green New Deal” under the Forth Industrial Revolution will look like. Also forthcoming is a look at the power of celebrity – and how it has become a key tool for both capital and conformity.

[*Note: This series contains information and quotes that have been translated from Swedish to English via Google Translator.]



A C T   O N E


“How is it possible for you to be so easily tricked by something so simple as a story, because you are tricked? Well, it all comes down to one core thing and that is emotional investment. The more emotionally invested you are in anything in your life, the less critical and the less objectively observant you become.” — David JP Phillips, We Don’t Have Time board of directors, “The Magical Science of Storytelling”



Greta Thunberg, We Don’t Have Time, Facebook, October 26, 2018


August 2018, Finance Monthly, co-founder of We Don’t Have Time, Ingmar Rentzhog

We Don’t Have Time

As this term is quickly becoming the quote du jour as a collective mantra to address the ongoing environmental disaster that can best be described as a nod to the obvious, it’s true that we don’t have time. We don’t have time to stop imperialist wars – wars being the greatest contributor to climate change and environmental degradation by far – but we must do so. Of course this is an impossible feat under the crushing weight of the capitalist system, a US war economy, and the push for a fourth industrial revolution founded on renewable energy. Yet inconvenience has nothing to do with necessity in regards to addressing a particular situation. What is never discussed in regard to the so-called “clean energy revolution” is that its existence is wholly dependent on “green” imperialism – the latter term being synonymous with blood.

But that’s not what this article is about.

This article is about new financial markets in a world where global economic growth is experiencing stagnation. The threat and subsequent response is not so much about climate change as it is about the collapse of the capitalist economic system. This article is about the climate wealth opportunity of unprecedented growth, profits, and the measures our elite classes will take, in order to achieve it – including the exploitation of the youth.

What is We Don’t Have Time?


“Our goal is to become among the biggest players on the internet.” — Ingmar Rentzhog, We Don’t Have Time, December 22, 2017, Nordic Business Insider

On August 20, 2018 a tweet featuring a photo of “a Swedish girl” sitting on a sidewalk was released by the tech company We Don’t Have Time, founded by its CEO Ingmar Rentzhog:

“One 15 year old girl in front of the Swedish parliament is striking from School until Election Day in 3 weeks[.] Imagine how lonely she must feel in this picture. People where just walking by. Continuing with the business as usual thing. But the truth is. We can’t and she knows it!”

Rentzhog’s tweet, via the We Do Not Have Time twitter account, would be the very first exposure of Thunberg’s now famous school strike.

Above: “We Don’t Have Time” tweet, August 20, 2018

Tagged in Rentzhog’s “lonely girl” tweet were five twitter accounts: Greta Thunberg, Zero Hour (youth movement), Jamie Margolin (the teenage founder of Zero Hour), Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and the People’s Climate Strike twitter account (in the identical font & aesthetics as [These groups will be touched upon briefly later in this report.]

Rentzhog is the founder of Laika (a prominent Swedish communications consultancy firm providing services to the financial industry, recently acquired by FundByMe), appointed chair of the think tank Global Utmaning (Global Challenge in English) on May 24, 2018, and serves on the board of FundedByMe. He is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Organization Leaders, where he is part of the European Climate Policy Task Force. He received his training in March 2017 by former US Vice President Al Gore in Denver, USA, and again in June 2018, in Berlin.

Founded in 2006, Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project is a partner of We Don’t Have Time.

The We Don’t Have Time Foundation cites two special youth advisors and trustees: Greta Thunberg and Jamie Margolin. [Source]

Mårten Thorslund, Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer (CSO) of We Don’t Have Time took many of the very first photos of Thunberg following the launch of her school strike on August 20, 2018. In the following instance, photos taken by Thorslund accompany the article written by David Olsson, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of We Don’t Have Time, This 15-year-old Girl Breaks Swedish Law for the Climate, published August 23, 2018:

“Greta became a climate champion and tried to influence those closest to her. Her father now writes articles and gives lectures on the climate crisis, whereas her mother, a famous Swedish opera singer, has stopped flying. All thanks to Greta.


And clearly, she has stepped up her game, influencing the national conversation on the climate crisis?—?two weeks before the election. We Don’t Have Time reported on Greta’s strike on its first day and in less than 24 hours our Facebook posts and tweets received over twenty thousand likes, shares and comments. It didn’t take long for national media to catch on. As of the first week of the strike, at least six major daily newspapers, as well as Swedish and Danish national TV, [1] have interviewed Greta. Two Swedish party leaders have stopped by to talk to her as well.” [Emphasis added]

The article continues:

“Is there something big going on here? This one kid immediately got twenty supporters who now sit next to her. This one kid created numerous news stories in national newspapers and on TV. This one kid has received thousands of messages of love and support on social media…. Movements by young people, such as Jaime Margolin’s #ThisIsZeroHour that #WeDontHaveTime interviewed earlier, speaks with a much needed urgency that grown-ups should pay attention to…” [Emphasis in original]

Yes – there was, and still is, something going on.

It’s called marketing and branding.

“- Yesterday I sat completely by myself, today there is one other here too. There are none [that] I know.” — Greta Thunberg, August 21, 2018,  Nyheter newspaper, Sweden [Translation via Google]

The “one kid immediately got twenty supporters” – from a Swedish network for sustainable business. What is going on – is the launch of a global campaign to usher in a required consensus for the Paris Agreement, the New Green Deal and all climate related policies and legislation written by the power elite – for the power elite. This is necessary in order to unlock the trillions of dollars in funding by way of massive public demand.

These agreements and policies include carbon capture storage (CCS), enhanced oil recovery (EOR), bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), rapid total decarbonisation, payments for ecosystem services (referred to as “natural capital”), nuclear energy and fission, and a host of other “solutions” that are hostile to an already devastated planet. What is going on – is a rebooting of a stagnant capitalist economy – that needs new markets – new growth – in order to save itself. What is being created is a  mechanism to unlock approx. 90 trillion dollars for new investments and infrastructure. What is going on is the creation of, and investment in, perhaps the biggest behavioural change experiment yet attempted, global in scale. And what are the deciding factors in what behaviours global society should adhere to? And more importantly, who decides? This is a rhetorical question as well now the answer: the same Western white male saviors and the capitalist economic system they have implemented globally that has been the cause of our planetary ecological nightmare. This crisis continues unabated as they appoint themselves (yet again) as the saviours for all humanity – a recurring problem for centuries.


“Our goal is to become at least 100 million users. It is an eighth of all who have climbed on social media. Only last month we managed to reach 18 million social media accounts according to a media survey that Meltwater news made for us. At Facebook, we are currently seven times the number of followers among the world’s all climate organizations. We are growing with 10,000 new global followers per day on Facebook.” — Ingmar Retzho interview with Miljö & Utveckling, October 15, 2018

We Don’t Have Time identifies itself as a movement and tech startup that is  currently developing “the world’s largest social network for climate action”. The “movement” component was launched on April 22, 2018. The web platform is still in the progress of being built, but is to launch on April 22, 2019 (coinciding with Earth Day). “Through our platform, millions of members will unite to put pressure on leaders, politicians and corporations to act for the climate.” The start-up’s goal to rapidly achieve 100 million users has thus far attracted 435 investors (74.52% of the company’s shares) via the web platform FundedByMe.

The startup intends to offer partnerships, digital advertising and services related to climate change, sustainability and the growing green and circular economy to “a large audience of engaged consumers and ambassadors.”

We Do Not Have Time is mainly active in three markets: social media, digital advertising and carbon offsets. [“In the US alone estimated market for carbon offsetting amount to over 82 billion USD of which voluntary carbon offset represents 191 million USD. The market is expected to increase in the future, in 2019 estimated 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions to be associated with any kind of cost for offsetting.”] As the company is a niche organization, social networks are able to provide services tailored to platform users. The startup has identified such an opportunity by offering its users the ability to purchase carbon offsets through the platform’s own certification. This option applies to both the individual user of the platform as a whole organizations/companies on the platform.

One incentive of many identified in the start-up investment section is that users will be encouraged to “communicate jointly and powerfully with influential actors.” Such influencers are Greta Thunberg and Jamie Margolin who both have lucrative futures in the branding of “sustainable” industries and products, if they wish to pursue this path in utilizing their present celebrity for personal gain – a hallmark of the “grassroots” NGO movement. [Further reading: The Increasing Vogue for Capitalist-Friendly Climate Discourse]

The tech company is banking on creating a massive member base of “conscious users” that will enable “profitable commercial collaborations, for example, advertising”:

“Decision makers – politicians, companies, organizations, states – get a climate rating based on their ability to live up to the users’ initiative. Knowledge and opinion gather in one place and users put pressure on decision makers to drive a faster change.”


“The main sources of revenue come from commercial players who have received high climate rating and confidence in the We Don’t Have Times member base.[2] … The revenue model will resemble the social platform of’s business model, which with its 390 million users annually generates over $ 1 billion in good profitabilityWe will work with strategic partners such as Climate Reality leaders, climate organizations, bloggers, influencers and leading experts in the field.”

Video: We Don’t Have Time promotional video, published April 6, 2018 [Running time: 1m:38s]

A “state of conscious and permanent visibility assures the automatic functioning of power.” — Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish

Comparable to other social media endeavors where “likes”, “followers”, and unfathomable amounts of metadata determine financial success, the fact that the business is virtual enables high profit margins. The return on investment, best described as mainstream acquiescence and desirability by way of exposure, will be obtained through future dividends. In anticipation of this projected success, the tech company plans to take its business to the stock exchange in the near future. (Think Facebook and Instagram). The most critical component to the success of this startup (like its predecessors) is achieving a massive member base. Therefore, according to the company it “will work actively with both enlisting influencers and creating content for various campaigns linked to the hashtag #WeDontHaveTime.”



On April 18, 2018 the crowdfunding platform FundedByMe (utilized by We Don’t Have Time to enlist investors) acquired Ingmar Rentzhog’s Laika Consulting. Excerpts from the press release are as follows:

“FundedByMe today announced that they acquire 100% of the shares in the established financial company Laika Consulting AB, a leading communications agency in financial communications. As a result, the company doubles its investment network to close to 250,000 members, making it the largest in the Nordic region. The acquisition is a strategic step to further strengthen FundedByMe’s range of financial services…


[Ingmar Rentzhog] will continue to work on strategic client projects for FundedByMe and Laika Consulting in part-time. Moreover he takes a role in the company’s board. The majority of his time he will focus on climate change through the newly established company, “We Don’t Have Time”, as a CEO and founder.” [Emphasis added] [Source] [3]


We Don’t Have Time Software App: The Latest Wave of Western & Corporate Ideology at Your Fingertips

 “He treats his mother, the earth, and his brother, the sky, as things to be bought, plundered, sold like sheep or bright beads. His appetite will devour the earth and leave behind only a desert.” — Chief Seattle, 1780-1866

In October 2016 Netflix aired the third season of Black Mirror, “a Twilight Zoneesque anthology TV series about technological anxieties and possible futures.” The first episode “Nosedive” posits a shallow and hypocritical populace in which “social platforms, self-curation and validation-seeking” have become the underpinning of a future society. [Black Mirror’s third season opens with a vicious take on social media]. The disturbing episode shares parallels to the concept behind We Don’t Have Time. The difference being instead of rating people exclusively, we will be rating brands, products, corporations and everything else climate related.

Acquisition International Magazine Issue 10, 2018 

The not unintended results will be tenfold. The corporations with the best advertising executives and largest budgets will be the winners. Greenwashing will become an unprecedented method of advertising as will the art of “storytelling” (no one ever said a story has to be true). Small or local businesses with little financial means will more than often be the losers. Especially hit will be migrant entrepreneurs whose cultures differ from ours in the West – where “Western democracy” is the only democracy that is valid.

Adding to the conversation as to who is ultimately benefiting from this endeavor from a cultural, social, geographical and ethnic perspective is the fact that “subconscious biases about race or gender, is a proven problem on many crowdsourced platforms.” [Source] Ultimately, this means that in order to acquire the needed support as a multimedia platform, the self-interest of the Western world must be at the fore with no concern for the Global South – other than what we can continue to steal from her.  The inconvenient truth is that all roads lead to the same collective (if even subconscious)  goal: the preservation of whiteness.

Rentzhog assures his audience that “our core, though, will remain, namely to empower our users to put pressure on world leaders so that they move faster towards an emission-free world and environmentally sustainable solutions and policies.” [Acquisition International Magazine Issue 10, 2018]

An “emission-free world” sounds enticing – yet there are no plans whatsoever to retract our growth economies. “Environmentally sustainable solutions” … according to who? According to a tribal elder who upholds the principles of “the seventh generation” (the Indigenous belief that humans must properly provide for its descendants by ensuring that our actions in the present allow the Earthly survival of seven succeeding generations – not to be confused with Unilever’s Seventh Generation acquisition) – or according to the World Bank? (We all know the answer to this rhetorical question.)

Another inconvenient truth, regarding the above promise, is that there is growing pressure on governments to increase Federal research and development funding to develop and deploy “deep decarbonisation” technologies as one of the primary “solutions” to climate change. This was proposed at the Paris Climate Accord with Bill Gates’ “Mission Innovation” initiative which committed to doubling government investment in energy technology.

“We want it to cost more, in terms of revenue, public support and reputation, to not work on lowering emissions and improve environmental sustainability, whereas those that lead the way should be recognized for this. Our vision is to create a race towards environmental sustainability and CO2 neutrality, making it the core priority for businesses, politicians and organizations worldwide.” — Acquisition International Magazine Issue 10, 2018 

Here again, we must look closely at language and framing. Who are “those that lead the way”? Are they referring to Western citizens who can fit all their belongings in a duffle bag? [Here it must be said that the environmental heroes in the West are NOT the Richard Bransons or Leonardo DiCaprios of the world. The real heroes for the environment, due to their almost non-existent environmental footprint, are  the homeless – despite the scorn they receive from society as a whole.] Are they referring to the African Maasai who to this day, literally leave no trace? Or are “those that lead the way” Unilever and Ikea (represented on the We Don’t Have time board). This is another rhetorical question we all know the answer to. Notice the mention of CO2 “neutrality” rather than a drastic reduction of CO2 emissions. Convenient language when one of the main pillars of the business model is the sale of carbon offsets – rationalizing a continuance of the same carbon based lifestyle by constructing a faux fantasy one, that anyone with monetary wealth, can buy into.

As online reviews and ratings systems have become a Western staple of determining the worthiness of a person, group or corporation,  the internet presently is a primary source of determining the quality of an entity. One example of this type of system is the online site Trip Advisor, which utilizes user feedback as a measuring stick of a hotel, airline, car rental, etc.  As the Trip Advisor rating system is the revenue model We Don’t Have Time seeks to emulate, we will explore this particular rating system.

Whereas a reputable and established website such as Trip Advisor is based on an actual experience – We Don’t Have Time evaluations are more geared toward promises into the future regarding a green technology revolution and/or the effectiveness of advertising in making people believe the veracity of these promises. By utilizing fake accounts (think Twitter and Facebook), strategically orchestrated campaigns will effectively allow the app to break political careers and demonize people and countries based on the numbers of ratings (“climate bombs”). These bombs can be administered against any foe that does not embrace the technologies (sought by the West to benefit the West) of this so-called revolution, regardless if the reason for doing so is justifiable or not.

The word “bombs” itself will become reframed. Rather than associating bombs with militarism (never touched upon by We Don’t Have Time) the word bomb itself will eventually become first and foremost associated with ratings, bad products, bad ideas and bad people. Such is the power of language and framing when combined with social engineering. Here, the behavioural economics of hatred can be weaponized – a virtual new form of soft power. The Nicaraguan Sandinista government who did not sign onto the Paris Agreement because it is too weak (and serves only Western interests) could quickly become a pariah on the global stage- as the West controls the stage. Already a target for destabilization, the soft power app would be applied as the ruling class sees fit.

When one contemplates the non-profit industrial complex, it must be considered the most powerful army in the world. Employing billions of staff, all inter-connected, today’s campaigns, financed by our ruling oligarchs can become viral in a matter of hours just by the interlocking directorate working together in unity toward a common goal to instil uniform  thoughts and opinions, which gradually create a desired ideology. This is the art of social engineering. Conformity and emotive content as tools of manipulation has been and always will be the most powerful weapons in the Mad Men’s  toolbox. If 300, 000 people have already voted with “climate hearts” on a “trending” topic in under 48 hours – it must be a great idea.

“Nobody wants to be bottom of the class.”  Ingmar Retzhog, We Don’t Have Time, December 22, 2017, Nordic Business Insider

To be clear, the West is in no position to “teach” (nudge/engineer) the “correct” value system regarding sustainability to the world, when the biggest polluters on the planet are manufactured into “climate leaders” and “climate heroes”. This is reality turned on its head. A reality we are conditioned to accept. Institutions such as the United Nations in tandem with the media, spoon-feed this insanity (that defies all logic) to the global populace, in servitude to the ruling classes.

“Nudging”: Acquisition International Magazine Issue 10, 2018 

Finally, but certainly not lastly, this behavioral science platform lends itself to the continued devolvement of critical thinking. With virtually everything and everyone to rate all day long – who has time to look in depth at any given policy or product that after all, sounds, looks and feels simply amazing due to sophisticated marketing coupled with behavioural change tactics? It is vital to keep in mind that social engineering – and massive profit – are the key merits and purpose of this application.


End Notes:

[1] TV 2 Danmark Danish public service, SVT Swedish public service, TV 4 News, Metro TV, Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet (August 20, 2018), Sydsvenskan, Stockholm Direkt, Expressen (August 20, 2018) , ETC, WWF, Effekt Magazin, GöteborgsPosten,Helsingborgs Dagblad, Folkbladet, Uppsala Nya tidning, Vimmerby Tidning, Piteå Tidningen, Borås Tidning, Duggan, VT, NT, Corren, OMNI, WeDontHaveTime CEO viral FaceBook post that mention it first. [Source]

[2] Click-based advertising based on highly rated companies that want to drive traffic to their websites; Targeted web advertising for companies that want to reach out to environmentally aware users in different segments; Business subscriptions where companies and organizations have the opportunity to interact with the members and get the right to use the We Don’t Have Times brand and the company’s rating in their marketing [Source]

[3] “Laika Consulting was one of the first companies in Sweden to work with crowdfunding when we established the brand in 2004. I look forward to follow the company’s growth closely. A combination of Laika’s expertise in listed companies, together with FundedByMe with its international and digital presence, can create new opportunities for growth.”says Laika’s CEO, Ingmar Rentzhog.” [Source]


[Cory Morningstar is an independent investigative journalist, writer and environmental activist, focusing on global ecological collapse and political analysis of the non-profit industrial complex. She resides in Canada. Her recent writings can be found on Wrong Kind of Green, The Art of Annihilation and Counterpunch. Her writing has also been published by Bolivia Rising and Cambio, the official newspaper of the Plurinational State of Bolivia. You can support her independent journalism via Patreon.]


[Forrest Palmer is an electrical engineer residing in Texas.  He is a part-time blogger and writer and can be found on Facebook. You may reach him at]



  • Michele Fox on Mar 20, 2019

    Could you clarify your position and thoughts on the climate degradation caused by Animal Agriculture following on Earl’s comments and your response of 20th March? Some 2.7 trillion fishes and other marine life and 70 billion land mammals (estimated) are slaughtered annually. Then there is species extinction in respect of free living animals, also as a direct result of commodification and interference by humans. The requirement for everyone to adopt a plant-based diet and prioritisation of education on anti-speciesism is being ignored across the board, other than a little lip service here and there.

  • stephen becker on Mar 20, 2019

    For those who are not fluent in Swedish. The aims and business model of WeDontHaveTime are available here:

  • Earl on Mar 20, 2019

    You lost me in the first paragraph. War is not the biggest contributor to climate destruction. It is animal agriculture, by far. Clearcutting of forests for feed crops and grazing lands, poisoning of the riverways from factory farms, ocean dead zones from runoff, destruction of the oceans and release of ancient CO2, species extinction, release of methane(a greenhouse gas 100x more potent than CO2), and much more.

    And the human toll is equally as terrible. Mass starvation due to commodification of “feed crops” like corn and wheat, by Wall Street bidding up prices. Then those crops being fed to jailed and abused animals instead of feeding humans. A massacre from diseases (CV disease, cancers, diabetes) of excess caused by a rich western diet of meat, cheese, eggs, fish, milk that are almost nonexistent in poor countries relying on plants as food. Our healthcare costs are bankrupting our society.

    Obviously I am against war and violence. But we need to start walking our talk and be vegan. Even if you hold the speciesist and ignorant belief that animals are merely here for your pleasure and amusement, as I have explained, killing them is killing us as well. Compassion, nonviolence. For the animals, for the planet, for the people. Go vegan.

    Some great documentaries:
    Forks over knives
    What the Health

    • Wrong Kind of Green on Mar 20, 2019

      The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg – A Decade of Social Manipulation for the Corporate Capture of Nature [ACT VI – Crescendo]:

      “The report states that “the biggest drivers of current biodiversity loss are overexploitation and agriculture, both linked to continually increasing human consumption.” Yet, nowhere does it mention the ecological impacts of militarism. As a collective, we have become so conditioned to this incredible “oversight”, that we no longer take notice of its omission. The report draws attention to agriculture, but not to industrial livestock with its staggering ecological impacts coupled with its grotesque cruelty. It draws attention to increasing number of mountain gorillas – just prior to Jane Goodall’s promotional support of a fourth industrial revolution in January of 2019 in Davos. A revolution that consequently demands fivefold the minerals and metals we are already using as fast as we can. The very same metals that cause the conflict and resulting death of Congolose men, women and children – and gorillas. Here we can only conclude what those in the Global South have always known: technological “progress” is always intended to serve the West at the expense of what life and what resources remain.”

  • Phil on Mar 19, 2019

    great work, thank you very much.

    I was never into this climate change thing and avoided discussions for not upsetting friends, but your analyses indicate that the problem – the financial, political, psychological, etc. problem – is far greater than I imagined.

    Besides, good idea in above comment about redirecting this climate change movement. We can simply insert some facts about wars and war industries, like in this article. Because this is in my opinion a real reason to do marches and protest in public places.

  • Mary Aratoni on Mar 17, 2019

    The part that made me think again about the “wedonthavetime” is that there is no word of “veganism” as we know 24% of the cause of climate change is animal farming. I did like your analysis of this movement. It has always been this way, capitalizing on a great idea without the realization of the original “great idea! ” we got fooled again!

  • Johnny Walker Read on Mar 15, 2019

    It’s all about the Benjamins baby, it always has been.

  • Michele Fox on Mar 15, 2019

    Thank you for your analysis. It has been very clear that Greta is being manipulated no matter how pure her own intentions. The lack of detail in the mainstream media about her background and the fact that she is, at best, fawned upon by so many disingenuous adults speaks to that. Also, that she doesn’t seem to be allowed to promote veganism as a major catalyst for change. Even without her influence and the fact she is being positioned as a figurehead, your insights make perfect sense.

  • Chris Harries on Mar 02, 2019

    It could be inferred from this that every movement that gets legs, no matter how genuine in intent, will be coopted by the market in some ways. From this we then would have to conclude that no identifiable movement should be promulgated. Just amorphous discontent.

    • Diane on Mar 17, 2019

      I agree. This article is blatantly manipulative too. It’s not offering alternatives it’s just criticizing things becoming big about climate.
      It’s pretending to be eye opening but it’s not.

  • Susan Foster on Feb 26, 2019

    Her paternal Grandfather’s relative was a founder of the Nobel Prize who researched CO2 in the atmosphere. Her Grandfather himself was a well known Swedish Theatre Director and her father and mother also Swedish Celebrities.

  • loic Desiron on Feb 20, 2019

    The only time I heard about the supposed “trustees” behind greta is by the articles that are against her. How is this? I think those people are missing the point and are turned against the wrong enemy. We can’t afford internal fighting and bickering.
    Your words are going to profit only doubt merchants

    • Wrong Kind of Green on Feb 21, 2019

      First off, thank your for commenting and reading our analysis. We appreciate the support from all of our readership.

      In regards to your response to the above work, we would just like to say that WKOG as an organization does its best to document each and every one of its articles. WKOG does a tremendous amount of research and zealously attempts to ensure in no uncertain terms that it administers a critique based on verifiable, irrefutable evidence. In terms of the evidence provided and the veracity of it, WKOG will always defend it since it is the result of a vast amount of time and energy to sift through the minute details of information that is not readily available.

      As such, WKOG feels that if any person reads the series with a totally unbiased mindset, he or she will realize that at no time does WKOG say anything disparaging towards Greta Thurnberg personally. Rather, WKOG analyzes the people and organizations in her sphere that are promoting her, the history of those people in terms of the timeline of their entrance into her life, the ulterior motives they possess in said relationship and, most importantly, if the answers they are providing her and the rest of us are addressing the ultimate question as to preserving a planet that can sustain life, be it human or anything else.

      WKOG’s objective is not to sow seeds of dissension among the people at the grassroots level who have accepted that humanity is in truly dire circumstances at this juncture. In regard to those circumstances, WKOG feels that it would be disingenuous to sugarcoat the truth as WKOG is an organization that attempts to the best of its ability to be at the forefront of this ongoing quagmire and provide the necessary information to anyone seeking truth. As there is much disinformation prevalent in society regarding the extreme conditions in which we reside presently, WKOG’s goal is to provide a haven to any person who is seeking an unfiltered analysis of the various entities that are allegedly providing us with solutions to all of the problems outlined in the series.

      As WKOG is not profiting from this to any appreciable degree (we are funded to the tune of approx. 100.00 per month), its only intention is to give readers the researched data and a cogent analysis. This is unlike the moneyed interests surrounding Greta and using her actions and the youth movement as a whole to benefit themselves financially in a capitalist system, the same one that has placed us as a species on the brink of disaster.

      Once again, WKOG appreciates your comment and we will always try our best to address any legitimate concerns post haste.

      Thank you.

  • Marcella on Feb 09, 2019

    Thanks for all the info you shared.
    Could you please give a source for this statement
    “We Do Not Have Time is mainly active in three markets: social media, digital advertising and carbon offsets. ” Thanks

  • Mark on Feb 07, 2019

    It comes as no surprise that the usual suspects are trying to capitalize on Greta’s passion, and to turn the whole ‘save the climate’ movement into another gigantic capitalist opportunity.

    But will they have the last word? Whether or not we like their motives and methods, they are amplifying a real concern and desire to act to reduce/mitigate climate change: so for me the question is, can WE effectively promote other solutions – degrowth, doughnut economics, zero carbon economies, lifestyle change… to the people THEY are sensitizing to the need for change – perhaps even using their platforms and networks? Can we subvert the ‘We Don’t Have Time’ platform into a movement for actual change?

    • Diane on Mar 17, 2019

      That’s exactly the point !

  • Glena on Feb 02, 2019

    correction to above. I meant thousands of years, not millions. That’s what happens when you juggle 2 languages. Also, I mean WKOG, not WGOG. sorry.

  • Glena on Feb 01, 2019

    Excellent series–you’re articulating a lot of what I’ve been thinking for a while about “green” capitalism, and just how sad the whole thing is–that a lot of white, upper middle class folk still really think tech is going to be the way “out.” As if there’s an “out.” Maybe Elon Musk will take all the libertarians and techies to Mars with him. I didn’t pay much attention to the Greta thing, because I’m pretty jaded. But it’s also kind of sad to turn her very youth into a brand. I’m so tired of feeling that everything is a brand and that I’m a potential “consumer” for everything.

    With respect to Jasmine’s comment, it’s also worth noting that while hunter/gatherers may well have been destructive, (and I don’t think we really know that–at least not to make a universal statement) that “destruction” was probably, as WGOG notes, localized, AND took place over a long enough period of time such that the local environment recovered. (Incidentally, other animals also change their environments–including ants, and any idea that “NATURE” is monolithic or static is wrong.)
    But back to H/Gs or G/Hs. They were around for millions of years–modern industrial culture is 200 years old. Rapacious or not, there was no such thing as the mass destruction made possible by technology–be it capitalist or communist fueled, which came about largely as a by product of wars, which didn’t get going until relatively late in our history. By way of argument, even now there are uncontacted tribes in the Amazon who still live the way they’ve lived for millenia. Although they’re being killed off at a rapid rate, and now that Bolsonaro’s in office in Brazil they don’t stand much of a chance to survive. So they obviously didn’t destroy their environment. My point is that the whole “There’s no alternative” argument because humans are f**ked is pretty suspect to me. As far as I know, John N Gray (and I’ve read Straw Dogs & Black Mass) is not a paleobiologist.

    Anyway, great blog, I’m going to read the next acts now.

  • Cindicus on Jan 28, 2019

    Fantastic blog!!!! How very sobering.. Thank you.

  • Jg on Jan 23, 2019

    Fantastic article on the “greening” of empire. Thank you.

  • Jasmine Karam on Jan 21, 2019

    Sorry but Greta has a geniune interest for the enviroment and this blog is wrong. Then media have given her attention yes, but her interest is genuine. Nor do I Think this blog genuinly represents Greta.
    Sure some of these organisation and media and so one can question but I feel this blog does no good job.

    If you wish to stop global warming, what we need is technology and not ending all growth. We need more for an example nuclear power and GMO so we can produce alot of electricity without green house gas and grow our food with less area and thus preserve more forest. Problems is that many greens have luddite fear of any technology.

    Second problemf is that indiginous people or any people also destroyed their enviroment, humans have never lived in harmony with their enviorment. This include hunter gatheres as well, already in the paleolithic humans had already exterminated more plants and animals than any other species. While philosophy can influence even cultures that woreshipped nature in the end showed human folly.
    We are the worlds most dangerous species. It is time to look at us in the mirror.
    Being human is to use change ones enviroment for ones needs. That has been the rule.

    ”The destruction of the natural world is not the result of global capitalism, industrialisation, ‘Western civilisation’ or any flaw in human institutions. It is a consequence of the evolutionary success of an exceptionally rapacious primate. Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation. ”

    John N Gray, Straw Dogs

    “The romantic contrast between modern industry that “destroys nature” and our ancestors who “lived in harmony with nature” is groundless. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of life.”

    Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens.

    The argument that the market economy has caused our ecological problems is for me interesting because the biggest enviromental destruction in history happened in marxist-leninist regimes that lacked any market economy expect a black market. They were planned economies but thought humanity should become the masters of the planet. In 1989 East Germany was in worse enviromental shape than capitalist West Germany. Romania and the USSR were ecological disaster as was Mao’s China.
    Maybe the real problem is human psychology and we have to work around human psychology to deal with enviromental issues. Rather than a tug-war between economic systems.

    ”Federov’s view of humanity as a chosen species, destined to conquer the Earth and defeat mortality, is a modern formulation of an ancient faith. Platonism and Christianity have always held that humans do not belong in the natural world.When they imagined that humanity could rid itself from the limits that surround all other animal species, the thinkers of the Enlightenment merely renewed this ancient error.

    Federov was undoubtedly extreme, but he was only the most intrepid exponent of a view of things that animated much of the Enlightenment. Henri de Saint Simon and August Comte looked to a future in which technology would be used to secure dominion over the Earth. This fusion of technological Gnosticism with Enlightenment humanism inspired Karl Marx, who transmitted it to his followers in Russia.

    The practical effects of the Marxian-Federovian cult of technology were ruinous. Inspired by a materialist philosophy, the Soviet Union inflicted more far-reaching and lasting damage on the material environment than any regime in history. Green earth became desert, and pollution rose to life-threatening levels. No advantage to mankind was gained by the Soviet destruction of nature. Soviet citizens lived no longer than people in other countries–many of them a good deal less.

    Resistance to Federovian policies was one of the forces that triggered the Soviet collapse. The explosion of the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl galvanised protest all over the country. Much of the opposition to Gorbachev focused on his scheme for redirecting some of Russia’s rivers, which would have flooded large parts of Siberia and–as a consequence–altered the world’s climate. Mercifully Gorbachev was toppled, and this grandiose folly never came to pass. Even so, the Soviet legacy to post-communist Russia was a devastated environment–a legacy that its semi-criminal, slash-and-burn capitalism has only made yet more catastrophic.”

    John N Gray, Straw Dogs

    To this day Russia has the most polluted city in the world, but at least some improvlments have been made such as filters in the factories.

    • Wrong Kind of Green on Jan 24, 2019

      Thank you for your response to the series since WKOG welcomes all rejoinders, be they positive or negative in nature. In that vein, we always like to reply in kind. As the response was lengthy, WKOG would like to give a brief, general counter in regard to all of the various points.

      First, WKOG has gone through the painstaking task of not demonizing Greta Thunberg in this series since we are cognizant that she is a child who had the best of intentions in her crusade. In that regard, WKOG asks anyone to find one utterance or written word where we denounce her or her actions. The only thing WKOG is doing is basing and methodically supporting a premise as to the manipulation of her work by the mainstream NGO system to direct it towards reinforcing the false panacea of green technology, which is at the foundation of the Paris Accords.

      As you wrote a voluminous amount about the culpability of other people in history and contemporary states on the environmental firestorm we have inherited, WKOG will just respond with the following:

      1) The previous civilizations that made the mistake of destroying their particular land base only relegated the destructive capacity of their decisions to their particular region and didn’t infringe upon other societies. The only question is whether or not these civilizations would have continued down their path of destruction if they had the capability of disaffecting other people and places globally. We can’t assume since those are assumptions and not evidence.

      However, what we do know without a shadow of a doubt is that the current and ongoing environmental issues are decimating the Global South quicker and faster than anyplace else. This is where the LEAST guilty reside and the ones who have no way of defending themselves from our daily actions. So, the evidence is clear in terms of where the Global North and specifically, the United States resides, as far as a determination of the collective acceptability on the right to harm other places regarding our environmental destruction. We are more than willing and continue to export it across the globe on every form of life.

      2) Although the abundant evidence of the destructive industrial practices of various economic ideologies is not worth arguing since there is ample evidence to support this throughout history, the social and cultural issues are what at odds here in terms of both whatever possible infinitesimal chance of an available solution, as well as a communal way of living for people regardless of the timeline of history. WKOG is a group that supports leftist principles because the inequalities of humanity preceded industrialization and will continue after it has finally collapsed in the relatively near future. Hence, WKOG advocates for following certain principles socially which are answers to issues and concerns that stretched back in history before the momentary bonanza of carbon resources and the proliferation of technologies invented that utilized them, which has been to every living creatures overwhelming detriment.

      Although as we said and we appreciate any feedback, the introduction of these various points of conversation by the reader is an attempt to use this series as a springboard to attack the entirety of legitimate and fact-based concerns regarding the veracity of green technology to address the ongoing environmental catastrophe. WKOG suggests that the reader browse through the archives of our catalog of work or even through the pages of our list of suggested websites.

      Once again, WKOG appreciates the feedback.

      Thanks as always.