Tuesday, February 12, 2019

What the BBC does not show you

Climate Change





The polar bear video in Russia is perhaps a better video of what is happening, are these creatures starving as they rampage through the town?  But the above video is the beginnings of  another rebellion protest 'Extinction Rebellion' against a world that is too blind to understand that economic growth will be our undoing. 
The story of insect extinction will rollick through the news as well, let us see if our politicians have anything to say. As you may have gathered I love the natural world, the bees, especially bumble bee, moths and butterflies, the old dung beetle and those pretty 'frog hoppers' beetles, damselflies and dragon flies, even wasps they all have their place in nature, yet I am helpless to protect them.  As I cut down winter dead vegetation yesterday a ladybird stirred on the stem. the promise of spring breaking through the earth, waiting to happen what will it be like in 10 years?
How did we get here, a land that in the height of summer would have had insects buzzing around us in the heat?  Yesterday on the news were young people talking about how they were going to do something about it in the schools, there is an anger in the young in that we have brought the world to this state, that their future is at risk of starvation and catastrophic breakdown.
There are things in life you have to believe, London protests happen regularly the closing down of the bridges for this particular protest went part way towards its goal, the non-violent peaceful protest has a lot to say, except..............  it doesn't get to the politicians unfortunately and of course the news covers that B***** affair.

14 comments:

  1. I met some of the XR [as they call it] protesters recently. Many of the different green groups came together in a big meeting earlier this month and have formed the South East Climate Alliance. Many of us have had enough of the lethargy and lack of political action from those who are supposed to be leading us and are going to start giving them a mighty great shove from the bottom upwards and not just to away quietly. There were all ages, backgrounds there. It's a non political group and we'll be using different approaches. Some are naturally inclined towards activism. I am not but I will be taking action in other ways. Arilx

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  2. Marvellous, love to see things working from the ground upwards. It will probably work, a groundswell of people throughout the country. Bit like the fracking protest that has almost beaten the fracking companies out of their areas.

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  3. I don't know whether our schools here in leyburn are taking part in the protest on Friday = I do hope so. We really have to ge the young on board - they are our future. As you say - for the last eighteen months at least all talk and discussion has been about B*****. The millions of words, the millions of pounds, the hot air - and yet the real issues, of which your today's post is one, pass by completely ignored. Could one reason be that there is no money involved? The world and all thinking always seems to revolve around money doesn't it?

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  4. Well sometimes I think I read the doomsters of this world, just read George Monbiot and then there is an article by A.A.Gill as well. But what does it take for a government to govern its people for the people and to acknowledge that all is not alright in the world as we go from one disaster to another.

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  5. Until we change our political systems and the influence of the rich and powerful, protests will continue to be just protests.

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  6. There is one advantage, there are more poor people than rich. It is making the numbers count that is important, and of course being optimistic...

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  7. It is good to see young people taking up the causes that many in the older generation have cared about and have been warning about for decades. Unfortunately, the voices of concern have been drowned out by the voices of money.

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  8. It is noticeable in America as well that young people are starting to demonstrate as well. There must be a red line that we will come to in the end though and that will start the movement against the moneymakers'

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  9. Guardian had a neat article on the polar bears of Churchill, Canada. They consider them a tourist attraction there and have learned to deal with them.

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  10. I suppose there is always a note of optimism in many places but to draw on the last paragraph of this Guardian article it is Climate change that is creating this.

    "But a debate about whether the bear migration should inspire fear or sympathy misses the point. The animals are losing the winter they depend on. Ultimately, so are we. We should feel sorry and afraid both for them and for us."

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  11. George Monbiot’s Out of the Wreckage and the kids’ Climate Strikes do bring some hope don’t they! We need it in an extremely grim reality with politicians preferring to distract us and cater to their wealthy donors instead of taking action. The Climate Strike here will be 15March and the students are inviting us all to join them.

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  12. Hi and Welcome, Was reading Monbiot this morning 'From crisis to crisis' strangely enough, had not heard his speech on 'Out of the Wreckage', listening to it at the moment.
    Theresa May dismissing the children's protest will go down as one of her most stupid mistakes, amongst many. But I think these children are the next lot of adults in the world, we have spent their inheritance with wretched disregard for their futures. But of course it is up to us to back them.

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    1. Thanks. I enjoy reading your accounts from Australia where we are lagging even more badly on climate change and still exporting coal to the world. The climate tax proposed a decade ago was derailed by people’s personal ambition. Our PM told the students last November when they held the first Climate Strikes here that there should be more learning and less activism in schools. Their posters said “There’ll be less activism in schools when there’s more learning in government”!

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    2. It really is quite wicked that their so called 'elders' have so little disregard for the state of the planet.

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