self-preservation planet

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NASA, pic from BBC website

Is this how the planet itself reacts to earth warming? The Corona virus certainly has nutralised carbon emissions in China because the closing down of production and travel has cleared the air there.

Nature has always created deadly viruses, which humans try to fight. As soon as we have one vaccine, we get another new illness. Black death, Ebola, HIV are some examples.

I didn’t bother getting the flu vaccine because it is yesterday’s solution. Corona virus is just a new form of flu.

We should not leave the field to extremists with extreme solutions to the problem that the physics and chemistry of our planet (nature) has created.

As long as we have got governments with leaders who are genuinly interested in the futures of their own families, we can be assured, that purely out of their own survival instincts, they will come up with policies to accommodate their own survival. If they themselves have not fallen victim to unexpected illnesses.

Only in extreme regimes without democracy can the leaders themselves act in self-defiance and self-destructive, as the case of Joseph Goebbels shows.

We need sensible approaches, we need to continue supplying the population with energy, food and housing and simply become cleaner in personal hygiene and find new techological solutions to produce carbon-free methods all around.

  • We need to look above the political and extremist propaganda that the press so loves to spread as it sells papers and gets clicks. 

Just seeing loving couples who announce pregnancies and who dream of better futures for their children should leave us assured that even those who are in power these days will have nowhere to flee to as it is a problem that now affects the whole planet.

If viruses force us to stop transport, then this will clean the air and will provide the sought after solution of reducing carbon. We, as a species have not managed to control nature and never will.

It is rather sad that so many groups now try to exploit the climate emergency to radicalise whole swathes of the population or to achieve a lesser democracy. The only solution to deadly viruses is that we can deal with the effects in a democratic manner. It really doesn’t matter whether the government is Labour or Conservative as this cannot influence nature. Nature creates these viruses without any consciencious influence of any humans.

I just think we need to quickly reduce our emissions because once sickness forces us to stop production of life-essential goods and services, we will become victims of our own success. The increase of problems through bad weather will create more problems.

 

 

2019 general election

On reflection it was very risky of the Liberals to choose Jo Swinson as leader when her seat East Dunburtonshire is located in Scotland, a home nation, with gains for the SNP. I reckon she would have been much more likely to win a seat in an English contituency.

SNP gained 48 seats compared to the 35 in 2017.

The overall voting pattern, giving the Conservatives a clear 47 seat majority, was probably the voice of the people trying to end the uncertainty and make it easier for today’s business to invest and to make some certainty for jobs clear.

For the long term, I still think that the Labour Manifesto was better suited. In a climate emergency business cannot make good decisions other than those that lead to monetary rewards for individual investors. I don’t think that climate change will be profitable for anyone.

Yet the world cannot imagine change and business cannot change.

It will be interesting to see what happens to those arch Labour supporters up in North England who voted Conservative.

 

 

The Raine’s Nov 2019 consultation

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Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

After the issue of the statutory closure notice, the Council put on another public consultation. I went there tonight, despite having problems with my foot, and sat there for the duration.

All those council representatives gone on about was the past decisions, problems occuring in the past and that financially the school is not viable because nobody wants to go to the school.

Of course nobody can go to the school because they won’t let anybody enrol. Just the pupils who are now in year 11 have to go to the school because they started their GCSE courses there last year.

There is a residential trip forthcoming but some pupils would not want to go there because they would just be incredible sad all weekend because their beloved school is about to close and some pupils simply cannot cope with that.

I mentioned during the meeting, that my daughter actually started her secondary career off at Bishop Challoner school in Commercial Road; an area with an immense amount of traffic outside.

My daugher never had breathing problems before but when she started going to Bishop Challoner she started to get short of breath, kept on coughing and it became so bad that she was given a brown inhaler.

After two years she changed school to Raine’s Foundation, the school next to Victoria Park, and then, after about 1 1/2 years attending Raine’s her consultant told her that her breathing is absolutely fine and that she can throw away her inhaler.

So the council said that people did not send their kids to Raine’s because of the clean air in the past and then I said that in the past people weren’t aware of those climate emergency issues and surely if it is put to them now that a school like Raine’s in a healthier air environment is good for their children, they would surely prefer to send their kids there.

Protest as a fashion accessory

Just as I didn’t know what to watch after Wallace and Gromit, I switched to the remainder of the Liberal hustings to hear the end of the discussion. It went like this:

Question: “Do you think we should curb internal flights?”

[Answer: “I don’t think that is feasible at the moment, we need to invest in transport infrastructure. But I went to protest with my  5-year old with Extinction Rebellion over the weekend”]

Policitians who make decisions about this climate emergency have no fear of delaying immediate action to stop environmentally unfriendly behaviour and most likely commute a lot by car and plane but do go to Extinction Rebellion demos, block traffic for others, to have a bit of fun on the weekend.

So I do not bother going to those demos to say there is a climate emergency. I rather live environmentally friendly, it is not a weekend fashion for me, it is important.

What really should be done by our politicians, they should immediately make the money available to build the infrastructure and not think of investing in the future at some point in the future.

Climate change is happening now, a dangerous heatwave is hitting the US, lakes are drying out, we need to change now.

We won’t find any entrepreneurs putting money into saving the environment, it has to come from governments spending money on saving the environment everywhere.

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