Well , it's just started on the Beeb. The 'Facts' apparently, given to us by none other than the new Messiah himself. Mr Attenborough has just announced it as a 'man made disaster' so it must be true. I can tell you now, that if it is in 'fact' man made, then we are well and truly ******, because none of us are going to change our lifestyles to the extent that it has a positive rather than negative impact on the planet, even if we wanted to. Merely existing as we do has a negative impact on the planet, especially at the unsustainable rate the population is growing. Who is going to organise this, the politicians? 😂
Are you going to stop flying abroad? Me neither. Will you be swapping your diesel or petrol vehicle for a battery powered one? Me neither. I'm self employed and live in the sticks at the bottom of the Pennines. In winter I need something with big tyres and a bit of grunt to get about. No doubt there will come a time when I'll be forced to move....for the greater good of course. There is no public transport at all, except school buses in term, and the nearest garage is five miles away and doesn't have a socket for cars. There is a hybrid in the village but the owner admits its 'just a toy'. His words, not mine. It doesn't come out in winter.
Going seriously 'green' costs serious money. I have built enough eco friendly, low carbon and 'Passiv' houses to know that only the wealthy can afford to build them; most property developers are still building houses as they have been built for generations, with minimal insulation ( rock wool wont cut it, believe me ) and radiators placed directly underneath windows. Is it me? We once built a seriously 'green' Passiv house at Findhorn; the local inhabitants all bigging themselves up for their low impact locally sourced eco friendly buildings. Rubbish. The 'passive' slab alone is shipped over from Germany, and one local started to avoid us when we pointed out that the ibeams in her walls were imported from Sweden, and the glulam beams in her ridge were built in Norway I think, glued together with very nasty glues. Another was proud to tell us his walls were painted with Keim paints, which is an excellent mineral paint, but made in and imported from Germany, or at least was back then; it may be made in the uK nowadays, I'm not sure. In the summer evenings they all get together and sit around fires and sing happy clappy songs. They can afford to live idyllic lifestyles cos in may cases Daddy paid for it. There is a bloke living locally who has been all over the local rag as he is building a totally 'off grid' house for his family. It all sounds and looks idyllic yet again. His kids roam the fields and hedgerows in sandalled feet and they have a bowtop wagon to camp out in while the earth toilet, reed bed filtration system and ground source heating system is installed. He is to be applauded, but is seriously wealthy also.
You can bet your bottom dollar that if and when it comes to paying for the alleged effects of man made climate change, it will be the average man in the street who pays for it, through a tax of some kind. And pay for what exactly? If you can afford to pay, then it doesn't matter; you can simply carry on regardless! What sort of a policy is that?
We will be sat at home with our 40 watt bulbs while the rest of the world gets on with living. HS2 will still go ahead; the massive extension of Manchester airport is still going on and almost complete now; the building of the next sports arena for the next olympics goes on unabated; this seasons massive carbon footprint that is F1 is in full swing; politicians will still jet about all over the place on their subsidised jaunts etc etc etc.
Are we expected to tell all those nations that aspire to have what we have that they can't have it because of climate change? Do they care what we tell them? What are we going to do if they refuse?
What I would like to do with the protestors in London, is to just ask each one quite calmly and quietly, in turn, what they do for a living and what they think we should do. I think it would be very revealing.
I can go now, the programmes has finished.