FEBRUARY 2020 A number of friends who are not particularly environmentally aware have read some of this websites content and have pointed out that they do not “get it” or it is “not for them” whilst accepting critique and begging to differ (one believing that because of the thought process by the compiler, that this must be due to being desperately short of income, In the past that was the case, now a pensioner, the author is comfortable financially).
Possibly they are not dissimilar to the hearsay comments of Claire O’Neill now ex-president of COP26 UN Climate Change Conference who feels that the Prime Minister does not “get” Climate Change. Do we do shock horror? By such a revelation or do we appreciate that this is not so surprising? As a large percentage of the world does not “Get it” either? The compiler married a Londoner, Boris Johnson was born in New York and we know the views of Mr. Trump also born in New York on the matters of environment. Obviously that up bringing by both leaders has created an ecological niche they both thrive in City environments. And that says a lot about the lack of understanding or concern by such people over the years on the matter of the Environment and Climate Change.
Back in the early 1970’s talking and walking with young people from the inner cities you gained that some did not know that milk came from cows, eggs from chickens. Sadly, currently nothing much has changed there are still inner city children oblivious to where food comes from, and those young people of the 70's are now adults. The hope is that those, young people gained something, from the walks and the talks. That they now support inner city farms and take their children to experience and understand such basics.
The environment transcends politics’, because without the environment functioning fully and balanced, the human race will have little or nothing, no bees and insects pollinating, means no more large luncheons and no big meetings. With the soil washed away from under one’s feet no fertilization and growing can be done. We will be losing the quality of air required to breath making it impossible to have our voices heard in Westminster or the Senate.
It is all a tough realization, when all that we do and all we view on a day to day basis is a minute fragment of the world around us. Sir David Attenborough has been showing us this beautiful world for decades and he is not wrong. Australia, Poland America can change from coal mining, the United Kingdom has achieved it, moved on. We need more solar panels, more wind turbines the work force can be retrained. We do not use our hydro power sufficiently or efficiently. We continually take advantage of this planet and its resources, if we are to end the doom and gloom scenarios then we must stop being parasites. Because that is what we are engaging in, drawing life’s blood from this planet, in so many ways.
Mother Nature to some extent is to blame or was. Being in East Sussex during the 1987 Hurricane was proof of how after the devastation nature rebuilt and recolonized over the years and that is what we have become use too. Like a deep cut on a hand, that heals itself or a burn. We still have to wait and see about Australia; the fires are still burning and will if they should stop, as predicted in eight weeks’ time. There will be years of recovery ahead for them.
Based upon a weather report on Sunday, 9th the whole of the UK will be affected by a storm, we are used to them, but the tradition tends to be one part of the country not as is predicted the whole country going on yellow alert. And again, because our leaders, have and do live in big cities, they will feel the gusts, watch the rain, but it will all be broken by the buildings.
How much in economic terms will it cost the government? When the storm hits? The environment is economic. The environment is social policy. The environment the environment and we will all need to sustain and maintain ourselves over that twenty-four-hour period. The emergency services will be stretched the impact on NHS will be stretched. How much? And how many times, do we need to discuss, Climate Change?