Question What would you think of a government which allows its own people to die? I’m asking as friend. Judgement “A government which allows its own people to die?” You ponder for a moment. “I’m not exactly sure… They’d be negligent, wouldn’t they? And immoral? And definitely dangerous!” It looks to me as if we’re thinking along the same lines… Negligent, yes. Immoral, definitely. And dangerous… Yes,
This summer Hurricane Ida pounded the American states of Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Alabama and Pennsylvania to the tune of 1.4 billion dollars of damage and 33 deaths, according to insurance company Allstate. The total fiscal damage from the 2021 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season was estimated to be 69.13 billion dollars, the fourth costliest tropical season on record. There have been seven hurricanes this year, four of which were
Climate crimes have perpetrators; they also have facilitators. For years, Shell has knowingly funded our climate crisis. Now this morally bankrupt company is positioning itself as part of the ‘zero carbon’ solution (while continuing to invest the vast majority of its capital in fossil fuel extraction). It is shameless greenwash. By accepting Shell’s money, complete with 'gagging clause’ not to do or say anything that might embarrass their sponsor, the
We spend a lot of time arguing about the way to achieve a world where everyone has their fundamental needs met but what we can surely agree on is what those basic needs are. We need a planet which can sustain life via breathable air, liveable temperatures, water we can drink, food we can eat and weather that doesn’t kill us all. We need adequate shelter against the weather/climate, we
In this week’s Socialist Hour I started by using a song by Barry McGuire called the “Eve of Destruction” to discuss the current political situation. It probably reveals something of my current state of mind because if the past 16 months have taught us anything at all it is that the political classes almost without exception across the globe have failed miserably when it comes to confronting a crisis. When
There have been many changes to our way of life since the turn of the 20’s. So much optimism for roaring 20’s parties and ambition, which quickly turned into fallen topside down melted ice creams. 2021 is the year officially, where Chocolate went from being a cupboard food, to a fridge food. The years of English people moaning about the overcast crap summers are over, almost in a painful blink
Woke up this morning to this, which is hardly news, but it gave me the kick I needed to follow through with a piece of my own about Climate change denial. https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/global-warming/climate-deniers/koch-industries/ Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine It also coincided with a First dog on The Moon piece published in the Guardian this week regarding a group of Australian youngsters and a Nun in Holy Orders
No planet B “I want you to act as if our house is on fire” a 16 year old school girl from Sweden proclaimed. The IPCC reported that if action is not taken immediately, within just 12 years time we will notice irreversible effects. We live in a world which has become obsessed with political scandals but what if we alternatively become enamoured with the beauty of nature surrounding us.