John Thorne

John Thorne
Week 8 – A talk with GSA Sustainability coordinator, John Thorne.

To begin the lecture, we were asked to watch the 2018 TED Talk with Greta Thunberg. Over the past several years, I have followed Greta through her journey however, I have never watched one of her inspirational talks. At just 8 years old she decided she wanted to make a change, and today she has and will continue to do so.

She made a brilliant statement that the issue of climate change, should only be seen in ‘black or white’. You either want to make a change or you don’t, there is no in between. For someone so young to be so wise, I really admire her dedication to the cause, and I hope that through my design work I can help to make a change too.

“Don’t look for hope, look for action and then the hope will follow”– Greta Thunberg.

To follow on from the TED talk, a general discussion formed around the causes of climate change. John talked through one of the biggest sources of GHG emissions, the transport industry. This topic was very relevant to myself as my theme blog is based upon transport emissions.

If we continue burning fossil fuels at our current rate, it is generally estimated that all our fossil fuels will be depleted by 2060. It is unclear as to the exact date these resources will run out as it depends upon many factors and it is likely we will find some new reserves before this point, but we cannot deny the inevitably that they will run out and we need to make necessary changes way before this.

How can we change people’s perspectives towards greener transport when we are already attached the current car infrastructure?

As Greta would say ‘The change starts today’.

The transition to electric is already underway however, I do agree with john that electric is not the final answer but it is currently our best idea that can currently be implemented. To all the engineers and designers in the world, we have to return to the design idea stage and keep thinking. There is a better solution we just have to keep persevering.

9th March 2021.