It turns out Michael Gove didn’t “get the message” after all.
The nation’s Environment Secretary has done nothing to respond to the environmental catastrophe highlighted by the Extinction Rebellion protests in London over the last two weeks.
Instead it has fallen to Jeremy Corbyn – much-maligned by dimwits – to bring the matter to Parliament for a vote.
I was talking about this issue with a friend last week, and he said that people here in the United Kingdom think they are insulated from climate crisis – that we live in a society that is well-enough ordered that it can survive an emergency. That they didn’t “get the message” either.
Because if the climate emergency goes much further, supplies of food will break down. Crops will fail; even more animals will die (half of the world’s species have already gone, within This Writer’s lifetime).
Even here in the UK, my friend said, people will be fighting each other on the streets for the last precious morsels of food.
That’s if this goes too far.
The message to humanity is simple: Change or die.
But people like Mr Gove, and the big business interests he prefers to represent instead of the people who elected him, still need to “get the message”.
Perhaps it is time to put the “rebellion” into the name of Extinction Rebellion.
Perhaps it is time to make a list of the people who are perpetuating the climate catastrophe; the people responsible for the planet’s sixth extinction event (which is what we’re going through right now). They are the worst mass-murderers in history so we really do need to record their names in our history books.
And perhaps it is time to put them up against a wall and put the message to them in the bluntest, most immediate terms: “Change or die.”
I know. It’s an unusual comment for This Writer. Usually I am the strongest advocate of peaceful methods. But “Change or die” – right?
Perhaps we could start with Mr Gove.
Labour will force a vote on Wednesday to try to make the UK the world’s first country to declare a climate emergency.
Senior party figures confirmed they will use their opposition day in the Commons to move the environment to the top of the agenda.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Extinction Rebellion protests in London and other cities, in which 1,100 were arrested, had been a “wake up call” and he would urge the Government to act.
He said: “Only concerted government intervention through a Green Industrial Revolution can deliver this scale of change. We can and will harness the power of new technologies for social and environmental justice.”
Extra: Here are a few more names to add to the list – the leaders of the company that has been given oil-drilling rights in the Golan Heights by Israel, which has been illegally occupying this part of Syria for decades.
Here they are:
This lot are the true danger to our planet and civilised society.
Vote @UKLabour if you want a leader with the guts to stand to to Big Business and promote world peace.#VoteLabourMay2 pic.twitter.com/RLFGJqllwu
— Mel (@melaniekmelvin) April 27, 2019
That’s Genie Energy: Dick Cheney, Rupert Murdoch, James Woolsey, Bill Richardson, Larry Summers, Michael Steinhardt and Jacob Rothschild.
Hmm. A Rothschild – the name that has become synonymous with the anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews being in control of the world’s money, or some such nonsense.
Do you think he’s on that board so its critics can be accused of anti-Semitism?
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