Kids choir tells adults to stop flying

Kids choir tells adults to stop flying


norman lebrecht

March 06, 2021

The Tapiola children’s choir in Finland has taken up Greta Thunberg’s stop-flying appeal with a vengeance.

They sing out her UN speech with music by UK composer Tim Cain.

It’s a grim warning.



  • Patricia says:

    And the kids have an answer to when the airlines go out of business, people can no longer travel for business, pleasure – the Gretas ought to be told to stuff it.

    • La plus belle voix says:

      Dear Patricia,
      Over the last 100 years, an increase in global temperatures has caused the ice caps and glaciers to melt, causing sea levels to rise and inundate coastal cities – where most of human populations are located. Warmer oceans will in future cause more severe weather disturbances such as intense hurricanes and tsunamis, causing further havoc to our cities. The absence of the planet’s polar caps and glaciers will contribute to further warming since they help reflect the sun’s heat back into space. Without them, the planet will absorb the sun’s heat more. So does a London orchestra need to come Berlin to play Beethoven?

      • Herbie G says:

        Quite so La Plus – if I may call you that. Surely a London orchestra shouldn’t be playing Beethoven anyway as that’s cultural appropriation. Only German orchestras, ensembles and instrumentalists should play his music.
        To echo Patricia’s thoughts, I guess you would support the destruction of all planes (swords into ploughshares?) and airports (perhaps using the spaces thus vacated to build ‘affordable housing’) and dissolve all travel companies too. In fact, why not ban all travel in the UK ouside five miles radius from one’s home – and then only by bicycle? The only exception would be travel on foot. After all, Bach walked 250 miles to hear Buxtehude”s organ playing and 200 miles to attend a school (admittedly he might have thumbed a lift or two on a horse-drawn coach here and there – but that would not have augmented his carbon footprint).
        Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we do need to reduce air pollution and dependence on oil, but here in the UK we are certainly moving forward on that. Battery-driven cars are helping in that respect but they are not here to stay – hydrogen-powered vehicles are a far better option and by 2024 there will be 3,000 UK buses running on hydrogen.
        As for Greta of Arc, she should sling her hook and get working on the two worst polluters – China and the USA. Let her travel by rowing-boat and on foot (or on her own band-wagon!) and tell them to change their ways. I await news of how she gets on.

    • Rogerio says:

      You can whine about it, but in just a few years you will all be buying electric cars.
      You will be flying in airplanes powered by hydrogen.
      You will be eating meat that grows in a vat and flows from a faucet in a factory.
      You will be paying more for all of it. And you will love it.
      So hear the music in the video again.
      And get used to the idea.

      • Herbie G says:

        Quite so Rogerio – spot on about hydrogen and everything else you mention – but I am not sure that we will be paying more for any of them.

        When a mass demand arises for anything and industry gears up to provide it, competition kicks in and prices go down. Compare the prices of, say, PCs, mobile phones, televisions and refrigerators (in real terms) over the decades.

        Just for example, in 1957 my parents bought a 17-inch monochrome TV for 84 guineas (that’s near enough £88). In today’s terms that would have been £1823. But I could now buy a 32-inch colour smart TV with Android for less than a tenth of that price!

        Look at battery driven cars. In 2011 there were only a few hundred electric car charging points and eight years later there were 9,000; today there are more than 35,000. Since 2011 there is an increasing choice of electric cars across a wide price-range.

        Regarding hydrogen-powered cars, at present there are only two models on sale in the UK (Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Nexo), both costing more than £60,000. There are only 13 hydrogen fuel outlets across the UK at present. But by 2024 there will be 3,000 hydrogen-powered buses in the UK (probably many more in the USA), the prices of the vehicles will decrease with demand and the number of hydrogen filling stations will increase. I am certain that the hydrogen car will supersede the battery-driven car within ten years or less. And ultimately it will be cheaper too. It’s far simpler to build than a petrol, diesel or hybrid car; fewer components and much fewer moving parts.
        I think we will indeed like it as you say – but I am pretty sure we won’t be paying more once mass production gets going.

        Just to bring some musical content into this, I am pretty sure that cars of the future will be fitted with internet radios; as we drive will be able to listen to a wealth of superb classical music stations throughout the world and not be restricted to the choice of banal drivel from dumbed-down R3, CFM and Scala.

    • George says:

      No answer is required. Other means of travel are available. After all, until quite recently flying was not an option. It is not a necessity for life.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Glad the self-haters are having fun.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    It’s quite pathetic, actually. Probably works well on lobotomised social media but shouldn’t be foisted on the general public. It’s a waste of our time.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Be very afraid of St. Greta of Thunberg; the modern Bernadette of Lourdes. A secular saint with Autism and depression; what in the world could possibly go wrong?

    Thousands and thousands of airline pilots without work, many suicidal and in debt. Way beyond the realm of St. Greta of Thunberg’s understanding or life experience. Just dump them at a siding.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    So many Greta Thunberg haters on this site….
    It’s a combination of willful ignorance and spiteful jealousy.
    This brave girl is a treasure, and when you haters (and your descendents) can no longer visit Venice or New Orleans and when your beachfront properties are underwater because the arctic ice has melted and flooded these places, maybe you’ll remember her warnings.
    Brava, Greta! Bravo the Tapiola Childrens’ Choir!

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    It should be remembered that GT’s mother stopped international professional travel because she was able to. The sight of well-heeled left-liberal Swedes telling the world how to behave is beyond grotesque.

  • Curvy Honk Glove says:

    She’s absolutely right! This is the kind of inspirational messaging we so desperately need in this day and age. Our planet is running out of time to apply reasonable solutions such as this. While we’re at it, we should be looking in the mirror and asking ourselves if the carbon footprint of our performing arts organizations is really worth the consumption of our earth’s precious resources.

  • Karl says:

    I want to see Greta Thunberg and John Kerry in a cage match.

  • It is certainly a grim warning to decent parents about how easily their children can be indoctrinated into the NWO @climate change” conspiracy; very scary!

  • Y says:

    There is plenty of evidence out there to suggest that climate change is a hoax. Are these kids getting both sides of the argument?

  • IP says:

    Greta also warned her parents to Stop Making Babies but, unfortunately, it came two babies too late.

  • Tamino says:

    Not much to expect from a generation that is not good at Math.

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  • M McAlpine says:

    Hope they remember that when they grow up.

  • christopher storey says:

    I wonder how much energy is wasted a. making and b. by people watching, this drivel , and how much it contributes to planetary warming ?

  • Mick the Knife says:

    The left is all for following the science – though not when it comes to reopening schools and listening to the oh so knowledgable beyond her years, Miss Greta.

  • Dan says:

    So sad the parents have indoctrinated them to believe you can do without visiting warmer countries and enjoy a little sunshine. Good luck driving Finland-Spain.