Why, oh why do I let myself bite like this? I would go away and meditate or listen to some chill-out music or something but I’m just too wound up. I knew I should have stayed away from the Internet and done that Christmas wrapping instead.
Anyway, too late now so here goes:
After yesterday’s protest by Plane Stupid which resulted in a runway being closed and flights being cancelled, lots of people were inconvenienced and it’s being said by many folks commenting on forums that the Plane Stupid protesters were grossly selfish in their actions. And these forum folks are using the human stories to express their indignation . . . things such as individuals who missed funerals or were going to see their families for Christmas or that it’s hurting the working classes the most (eh?) . . . etc. etc.. Someone even commented that the protesters were just self-righteous rich kids.
Well firstly, what the crappery does wealth have to do with it? Is this a class issue now? Actually, the poor are hurt the most by climate change, not by cancelled shopping trips to Paris! And their young ages? Can someone please tell me what relevence that has? Can only middle-aged boots take part in protests now? Are young people not capable of believing in an issue and fighting for it? Maybe we should take the vote off them too huh?
I’ll tell you who is truly selfish – the lazy arses who can’t be bothered with the inconvenience of climate change so they choose to deny it exists and exploit the emotive stories of yesterday to use as propaganda to support their denial. Well we’d all better get used to more restrictive forms of transport because the planet is not going to pamper the human for much longer. She’s had enough of our selfish greed and exploitation and is going to force us to change. Unfortunately, as stubborn and selfish as we are, we are determined to do it the hard way.
The Plane Stupid protest yesterday raised awareness and gained wide publicity but alas, it probably also alienated many people who would otherwise have supported them. Yes, people were inconvenienced, some sadly so but I’m sure people were inconvenienced when the slave trade was abolished or when the Suffragettes hit the city. Basically, which government ever listened and said oh, ok then after being asked politely? Since when did any government really take much notice when faced with petitions? Unfortunately it is direct action that is usually more successful.
Thing is, if the bloody governments hadn’t been procrastinating for so damn long, if world leaders hadn’t insisted on prioritising big business and capitalism against the good of the planet, if the governments of the industrial world had taken REAL ACTION instead of greenwash then just maybe we’d have a cheap, flexible and crucially, sustainable transport system in place that would have freed us once-and-for-all from our dependence on flying. Hey, who knows, if the government had really invested in renewables research, we might even have had a sustainable air transport system in place now, or at least on the way. Anyway, we would all by now have adapted to an alternative transport infrastructure and restricted travel freedoms. We would all have accepted and integrated ourselves into the new system and yesterday would never have happened.
Top and bottom is, all of yesterday’s inconveniences are nothing compared to what it’s going to get like. The results of global warming will impact all of our children . . . rich or or poor, strong or weak.