House On Fire


“Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. 

I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if

the house is on fire, because it is.”  

~Greta Thunberg

 

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Hope

 

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Foreboding

 

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Fragile

 

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Morning Reflection

 

“For way too long the politicians and people in power have got away with not doing anything at all to fight the climate crisis and ecological crisis. But we will make sure that they will not get away with it any longer. We will never stop fighting, we will never stop fighting for this planet, for ourselves, our futures and for the futures of our children and grandchildren.”  

~Greta Thunberg

 

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Headland Retreat

 

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Swimming Lesson

 

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Breathe

 

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On a Clear Day

 

“You say you love your children above all else and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.”

~Greta Thunberg

 

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Save Me

 

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Magnificent

 

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Wildflower Explosion

 

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What will the future bring?

 

“This ongoing irresponsible behavior will no doubt be remembered in history as one of the greatest failures of humankind.”

~Greta Thunberg

 

 

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134 comments

  1. Very powerful. This is a beautiful series of images!

  2. Awesome photo shoot Jane, the topic lesson is a little sad but good msg.

  3. This is such a brilliant post Jane. I love the way you so beautifully accented Greta’s words. May I repost at least a part of it?

  4. I shared this on FB saying “Jane Lurie, one of the greatest photographers I know.” ❤

  5. Beautiful photos to go with Greta’s words.

  6. Beautiful captures, Jane . These are powerful words! Thank you for your post!

  7. there is no planet n ° 2
    The “big” of this world do not listen to what we say, do not look at what we show them etc …
    We can all, even small things for the planet
    We still hear people too often, the people say:
    – but anyway we will not be there then …. what good?
    – Why can not I burn my little pile of leaves in the garden, it’s only a little smoke? (while a little bit of dump plus a little bit of smoke X by thousands and thousands of people hurt >>>> make a compost with the leaves would be much better
    in this kind of thinking there is only too much

    Have you ever planted a tree in your life?
    Sort your waste as much as possible
    Do you reuse simple everyday objects instead of throwing them away?

    etc … etc … etc ….

  8. As having grew up in times in which my country was in war with terrorism I cannot agree with her words. I admire her will and strength, but my childhood has taught me that education with compassion was a far better teacher than panic and fear. As a reader I find your photographs in this post a positive encouragement to protect the world we are responsible to, in her words I find passion but not reason from experience.
    As an architect I know that buildings contribute to much of the pollution of the environment so I educate myself to reduce the impact of my work. I dictated a groupal seminar about strategies to reduce those impacts in our buildings, and as I always say if there is some place beautiful it is better to not built at all. Thank you, Jane. I cannot agree but that doesn’t mean I am right, I could be wrong and as so I recognize the importance of Greta’s voice to be heard, and if it’s through you I am double happy for it : )

    • Hi Francis, Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I think it’s important to open up a dialogue with varying viewpoints. It’s all part of the process of education, awareness and action. We each have unique points of view and that’s what makes the world such a dynamic place. My photographs are a small contribution to awareness of our environment and what we must protect. I’m glad you see the importance of Greta’s voice, even though you may not agree. Your comment is much appreciated. 🙂 Also, I am pleased to read about your work as an architect and how you address the issue in your designs. Bravo!

  9. Very powerful.

    Greta is surely a Prophet.

    Regards Thom

  10. No doubt about it, Jane- you’ve risen to the challenge. These are seriously stunning photos for a very serious subject. 🙂 🙂

  11. Stunning images, perfect accompaniment to Greta Thurnberg’s words.

  12. Your beautiful photos showcase all we have and what we risk losing if we don’t act now.

  13. You must have an amazing photo library, and fun sorting through it for pieces like this. As for Greta, her commentary reminds me of the old story of Nero fiddling while Rome burns…

  14. As your great photos show we have so much to celebrate and so much to lose (in addition to that which we have tragically lost and are losing already). As Greta Thunberg suggests, we all have a duty to try to be as informed as possible – for example the recent IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate is now available – and also to act to the best of our ability be we young or old and also to support the climate scientists and activists, especially in the face of the orchestrated anti-science denialism of our warming oceans and the climate crisis. Thank you for your powerful photographs coupled with Thunberg’s powerful words.

  15. Powerful images to go with some powerful words.

  16. OMG what a gorgeous post Jane!! such brilliant shots…their scope & detail r quite mind blowing!!!

  17. Excellent post, Jane! Shots as well as the message.

  18. Your photography is stunning, Jane! Your message brought tears to my eyes and a justifiable rage in my heart towards all those who continue to destroy this earth. I will NOT have helplessness in my heart. I will NOT carry hate in my heart either. I will do everything I can in my own little world to contribute to the healing of this world. If I were younger, I would be much more active then I am. My eyes are on the younger generation, especially Greta, and I am seeing the domino effect. Many young people are speaking out and are also DOING to bring change before we all die. For real, more and more people are determined to make a difference. This is such a powerful post! Bless you for posting it! xo

  19. Wonderful pictures. Such good sights to see at the morning hours .. Fragile and Breath are just so soothing.

  20. Great post Jane, we all have to do our best ,we have to leave the comfort zone and not waiting for others do it. It will for shure be a hard stoney road, but better than no road at all. Your pictures are beautiful to Gretas words. Hope you understand my bad english.
    Wish you all the best Patricia

    • Hi Patricia, Your English and your message ring loud and clear. I couldn’t agree more. We must act now. Glad you enjoyed this tribute and my small contribution of documenting our beautiful natural world. Thank you so much.

  21. I forgot to say: Excellent pictures, Jane! 😊

  22. We should all be Greta and fight for what we believe in! She shows: Only one single person can reaches a lot! Everyone can reaches a lot, but not by moaning and hopelessness. I can’t hear that anymore! Courage, we need courage and hope! And we have to go the first little step!!

  23. Beautiful pictures, Jane, and THE topic. To be honest, and downbeat, I don’t think there is the collective will to reverse climate change, at least not until it is too late, which it may already be. I especially like Fragile and Breathe as images and titles too >>> and Magnificent takes me back to my days leading safaris in Kenya. Always enjoy your photography, my friend. A

    • Hi Adrian, It is unfathomable that given the scientific evidence, people/politicians are still ignoring the urgency to act. I am awed by Greta’s efforts. Glad you enjoyed the accompanying images…a small tribute to our beautiful and fragile earth. How cool that you led safaris- a life-changing experience. Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts. J

  24. Thank you very much. The photographs are beautiful the words, Greta’s, are perfect. I don’t believe Greta is young. I think she’s old, very old. And she’s seen it before.

  25. Jane, this is a great post, very composed with your amazing images and Greta’s strong words. it is not only the politicians who have to finally act, I believe it is also in each single person living on this globe, to wake up and be aware of the gift of the earth we all share to live in, Awareness has to sink into each single mind. Of course the most crucial part are the politics, not acting on greed and money making.

  26. Your first commenter expressed a kind of clear-eyed hopelessness that I hope does not find a place in too many hearts, as reasonable as the arguments sound. Like Paula, I hope Greta has a thick skin (she seems to!) and does not get discouraged. I’m so happy about what she and others in her generation are doing. It was good to remember her expressive face and tone of voice as I reread the words here, alongside your uplifting images. Good luck to us all, especially those who are younger, the unborn, and all the creatures that depend on this one earth.

    • Hi Lynn, I share your sentiments and have hope that with great effort and attention, we will be able to mitigate and slow the damage. We must. Greta is a positive force for change and many have listened. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

  27. Impressive pictures on a depressing topic. Unfortunately, this negative development is unstoppable. It is simply too late😓

    • Gosh, I hope not Detlef. 😢 Maybe Greta gives us hope for change.

      • Dear Jane.
        I have been following your photos for some time. I believe that people who love photography see a little more of their environment. For some time now, I have been seeing how the exploitation of our earth is progressing rapidly. The first oppressive results are already presented. Whether in the rainforest, in the Arctic regions, or in the waters. I live in Germany. In the middle of Europe. Without a doubt one of the richest areas of the world. But more and more people in this world understandably want to participate in this prosperity, they also want to consume. To what loads? At the expense of the resources of the earth. The best example is the Amazon. Many more could be listed here. As a result, more and more people are forced to leave their homes because their living conditions are rapidly deteriorating. A development that is rapidly gaining momentum in its dynamics, thus increasingly taking away the power of the earth as a life giver. The earth will outlast humanity, but not the other way round! So every one of us, children and grandchildren, has to be like Greta Thunberg every day. Every man for himself. That would certainly help. However, I have not much hope that it would still be possible to save this great planet from its destruction by humans!
        Best regards, Detlef

        • Hi Detlef, Thank you for your heartfelt response. I am generally despondent about the climate change issue and the lack of leadership to address solutions. The signs of severe disruptions are all around us and it is frightening. However, I do feel hopeful that our young people will drive changes in behavior and convince politicians that it is the most important issue facing us today. I appreciate your passionate comment.

  28. Greta was in Montreal yesterday though we participated in the huge march we didn’t see her. There were between 300k and 500k people marching in the streets of Montreal; it was good to see so many people concerned with the environment. I just hope some real actions will come out of it. Great pics. (Suzanne)

    • Hi Suzanne, I am so happy that you and Pierre were at your march. Thank you for participating. The photos and footage have been an inspiration and with it hoping for action and change. Glad you enjoyed this post and the photos- thank you.

  29. Beautiful tribute Jane. Loved “hope” especially

  30. Oh wow, is all I can say!! You are a star and so is Greta..for one so young…outstanding. I hope she does not get discouraged , there are so many negative influences…but she appears a tough cookie and I hope the skin is thick!

    • Hi Paula, Hopeful that Greta’s passion and tenacity will continue to inspire activism and change. The negative influences of the deniers will be overpowered and our young people will lead the way. Glad you enjoyed this tribute and my small contribution of documenting our fragile world. Thank you.

  31. A wonderful post. We must do better.❤️

  32. A stunning tribute to Greta. She is a formidable warrior for the well-being of our beautiful planet. Your images are superb, Jane. An outstanding post.

  33. Wow, Jane! Just WOW…. you have once again outdone yourself.

  34. Reblogged this on Movin' on and commented:
    I couldn’t have said it better….

  35. Breath-taking beauty and powerful quotes; stunning post, Jane!

  36. Beautiful and powerful images to accompany the words of a truly great young woman.

  37. I have told people think about how you vote, if you are wrong you will owe your children and grandchildren much more than an apology.

  38. Bravo Jane. Bravo Greta.

  39. I have just loved your post, photos and texts. Thank you for sharing it with us

  40. Thank you and for these exquisite images. And thank you to Greta – a true force of nature!
    Alison

  41. Hi, Jane!
    Thank you for sharing more of Greta’s message. All we really heard about her before, was that there were adults who were ridiculous enough to tell her basically, “Sit down and shut up.”
    Wow. “I don’t want your hope – I want you to panic.” Courageous, audacious and exactly right!
    She and Emma Gonzalez are my newest heroines.
    “We call BS” on gun control,
    on climate change, on greed & corruption, on hearing lies all day long and on way too much more.
    Oh, did I mention that your photos are wonderful, too???
    Wow again.
    And thank you so much?

    • Hi Dan, You sum it up beautifully– thank you so much. I don’t think we could have imagined the perils that were ahead of us when we were happy-go-lucky college friends. Very nice to hear from you! I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and also enjoying my images. Go Greta and Emma!

  42. So well done and so sad. Go Greta!!!

  43. Thank you Thank, thank you to Greta. I am over 50 and I have been living an environmentally friendly lifestyle since I was in my teens. When I tell someone, I hate going into a Walmart because everything in that one store, will be in a garbage dump within five years. now Times that by every Walmart, store in the world and that will give you a idea of how much that one store, creates in waste. Take a look at fish counter at your local super market; that one counter….. that is just one store… It is unfathomable to understand how much fish is taken to supply every store in the world. It is unsustainable.
    I compost, recycle, reuse, re-purpose. I take care of everything I own so It lasts. I am vegan, I bike to work as often as possible. Use public transportation when available. I will choose to buy food items in boxes or cardboard and glass containers, over anything contained or wrapped in plastic. I Purchase local. I am a member of my local nature club. Do something people… we need to change our habits……. NOW

  44. Great tribute to Greta! She is one amazing youngster…

  45. Such an amazing collection of photos. Amazing landscapes, great animals… Wonderful.

  46. Reblogged this on Musin' With Susan and commented:
    Jane Lurie is an amazing photographer from San Francisco. Her post this morning is a poignant reminder of the peril that our beautiful earth is facing.

  47. The rich blue of icebergs still surprises me.

  48. Jane, these stunning photos and quotes from Greta Thunberg are such a poignant reminder of what we are doing to our earth! I am reposting to my blog to widen the circle of awareness.

  49. Gorgeous images Jane 👍🏻 Greta just blows me away. To see a young person so composed, passionate and brave about an issue that should be sounding alarms to politicians around the world is inspiring. All young people should use Greta as a role model for being future stewards of our planet. We dropped the ball and I hope Greta picks it up and runs forever with it.

  50. Wonderful tribute to Greta and all the young beings who share their voices…positive 💚 with action 💪 and political will 🤓
    Thank you for this Laurie 💫 have a pro drive day ~ smiles Hedy

  51. Really beautiful and moving images; a great contribution to a necessary movement.

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