Our planet will burn because we elected selfish, greed-driven hypocrites who are in league with the fossil-fuel moguls.
That is the message conveyed by Alok Sharma, and he should know because he is one of the principal selfish, greed-driven hypocrites behind it.
Don’t believe his guff about “this” being “the moment” to stop a climate change catastrophe – he has admitted that he supports the start of more fossil fuel projects in the UK and funded by UK cash.
NO! In what moral universe is it acceptable to acknowledge we’re on brink of climate catastrophe & simultaneously back new oil and gas fields?
Ministers cannot be allowed to get away with this grotesque immoral deceit #NoMoreExcuses https://t.co/3mM3ahaFtG
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) August 7, 2021
This is the man who will host COP-26, this year’s climate change summit. He’ll merrily tell all the other politicians that they must switch to green energy immediately; they’ll say, “Oh, but we’ve got this multi-billion [name the money unit of your choice] project on the go, it’s a huge investment that will create jobs for the plebs and MASSIVE PROFITS for us,” and he’ll say: “Oh, that’s all right then, You go ahead.”
See if I’m right.
And it’s not just the Tories of this world. Nicola Sturgeon just met a climate change protester and said to her face that she would not oppose a new oilfield in the North Sea.
Today, @NicolaSturgeon told me and my friends that she will not oppose the Cambo oil field. It is so frustrating to see world leaders time and time again refuse to take meaningful action around the climate crisis. It’s even more frustrating when they do so to my face. https://t.co/8OTWN2E7d1
— Sunflower (@sunfloweryell0w) August 7, 2021
She’s got issues (to consider). Truer words were never spoken – in defence of the indefensible.
The reason for this hypocrisy is well-known. These politicians are capitalists in a capitalist system that demands – no, requires – more and more of the planet must be exploited, and more of it used as a rubbish dump for pollution, in order to ensure that fewer and fewer people can have the very best of everything.
Here’s environmental journalist George Monbiot to explain:
"Capitalism is the Planet’s Cancer & just like cancer in the human body we have to cut it out"
— Double Down News (@DoubleDownNews) August 7, 2021
You won’t hear that from Alok Sharma! The reason is clear: he is a part of the problem.
What’s the result of all this doubletalk and dithering?
People are getting increasingly concerned about this – to the point where it is becoming too much for them to handle, so they’re switching off.
Putting it out there that I'm absolutely terrified by the climate crisis at the moment. Social collapse feels like something I will live to see. It's got to the point where I've stopped reading news about it because it's too overwhelming.
— Ellie Mae O'Hagan (@elliemaeohagan) August 7, 2021
Isn’t that exactly what unscrupulous political operators like Sharma (certainly) and Sturgeon (possibly) want?
Over the last few years – decades, possibly – we have seen the political atmosphere in the UK heated to a point where people have been breaking.
Benefit claimants – particularly the long-term sick and disabled – have been driven to despair and suicide by conditions that the Tories in government created (people like Iain Duncan Smith, David Cameron, Stephen Crabb, Damian Green, Theresa May, David Gauke, Esther McVey, Amber Rudd, Boris Johnson and Therese Coffey, along with all their deputies) – not because they had to, but because they wanted to.
Brexit was an invented stressor.
Covid-19? The Tories had spent years weakening the UK’s defence against a pandemic, and when it hit, we were stuck with the most pathetically inept prime minister in the UK’s history, using the crisis not as an opportunity for excellence but as a chance to funnel huge amounts of public money to his personal friends and donors who provided nothing in return, and to pile on the stress for the rest of us by telling us we have to pay for it.
There are many more examples – including climate change.
For millions of people, it is too much. They are switching off – not just their TVs and radios, but their minds. They can’t face it. They want somebody else to come along and make it better.
But nobody will. What these people are really doing is handing the planet over to people like Alok Sharma.
And he’s handing it over to people who’ll happily watch the rest of us burn if it makes them an extra farthing in the short-term.
The message is clear, and it will be hugely unwelcome to those who are switching off. It is this:
Nothing will get better if you walk away.
It will only get worse.
If you run away and hide from it because you’re afraid that bad things will happen to you in the short term, then just you remember – always – that you are making sure that bad things will happen to you in the long term. And that future is accelerating towards you at a terrifying pace.
So you have to ask yourself a question:
Are you really such a craven coward?
Do you really think you will be happier – you, personally; this isn’t about other people. They’ll be affected but you will as well, and it’s you that you’re worried about if you’re running away from this – to leave the big decisions to those who have ushered in the floods, fires and heatwaves that have already caused so much harm, with worse to follow?
Yes, you are right to be terrified by this.
But if you do nothing, then you are contributing to it. You are supporting it. You are saying you want it.
Think about it.
Then do the right thing.
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