Greta and Malala: why photos of Thunberg are a flicker of light in a dark, dark world

The planet is a mess and it is easy to despair. But seeing Thunberg with other inspirational figures offers a glimpse of hope

To quote George Harrison, it’s been a long and lonely winter. The world is on fire – or in flood – and everything feels hopeless, and that is before you get to politics, where no one seems interested in doing anything about the aforementioned dumpster that the human race has set alight.

Reports suggest that “ecological grief” or “climate depression” are very real states of being. Everything seems so incredibly, irredeemably bleak. How do you find hope among the ruins?

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