To Extinction Rebellion

With gratitude for placing the poor people of our cities under even greater stress, and for your relentless efforts in alienating the rest of us to the entire concept of climate change.

Can you take comfort, when you exercise in synthetic clothes, drink from plastic bottles instead of the tap, when you drive a car the battery of which is a disposability nightmare akin to that of nuclear waste, in the unwelcome truth that your contribution to ‘saving the planet’ is approximately zero?

Yes you can.

Please, recognise two simple, fundamental truths.

The sun is getting hotter.  There is nothing we can do about this, it is just a fact. 

There are too many people.  We can do something about this; we can say “miss out a generation”.  We can, but we won’t.  Think of the clamour!  The weeping protests!  The gnashing of teeth!  (I always fancied a bit of teeth gnashing – never tried it).  

We can recycle, we can:

  • Reduce our dependency on fossil fuels,
  • Harness the power of the wind (goodness knows we’ll get enough of it in the next ten years)
  • Empty our Jacuzzis and our hot tubs,
  • Stop wearing our clothes with once and throw away extravagance
  • Control our fetish for foreign travel,
  • Stop making unnecessary journeys
  • Retire to our energy-neutral pods. 

We can, and should, exploit the extra heat that is coming our way and re-deploy it:  after all, exploitation is something we’re good at.

But the bottom line is, my friends, we are a frail species when it comes to dealing with stuff like this.  

The megalomaniacs will still seek to take control, to conquer; the ‘not-what-you-know-but-who-you-know closet class will still fill the vital positions of management and mismanage them, the rabble-rousers will stir up insurrection when we should all be working as one, and the religionists will do much the same.

“Not my god’s fault, bro.   We kept telling you, didn’t we?  Your god should have listened!”

Personally, do I think our species will be wiped out? 

No.   We have reached a hiatus, that’s all; a much greater one, I think, than most of us understand.  Some of us will survive, just as the crocodile survived the extinction of the dinosaurs.  And if the planet has not been enveloped by the sun as a red giant, perhaps the ornithologists of fifty thousand years hence will be able to point out that we were probably warm-blooded and had feathers.

So this is my recommendation:  live life as though tomorrow is The Big Day.  

Do the sensible things like recycling; prefer natural fibres and wear clothes for longer, eliminate plastics as much as you can, perhaps travel a little less.   But beware of exploitation, because your fear is a fat contract that pressure groups and governments will seek to finance from your pockets, not always – in fact very rarely – with beneficial results.

The first rule for survival is – Be Wise.  

10 responses to “To Extinction Rebellion”

  1. It is so incredibly frustrating sometimes. I grew up during the height of the Cold War, with nuclear attack drills in school, politicians ranting about communists infiltrating the government, corporations getting bigger and bigger and gaining more and more political power, politicians being bought and sold like commodities. And now, some 50 or more years later, things haven’t really changed much. For a time in the late 1960s and early 70s I was more optimistic. It looked like things might actually change for the better. But now? I just don’t know.

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    1. Sounds like we grew up in the same era! Maybe I’m in a pessimistic mood today, but I can’t see any path to real change. Everybody’s got a slice of the cake and they’ll fight to the last ditch rather than surrender an inch of it. Where do we end up? Well, I mustn’t speculate, but I do have kids on this earth and I had hopes for them. If anyone’s going to initiate change, it has to be them, I guess. Time’s not on our side, though.

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      1. I was born about 8 years after the end of WWII. There was a great deal of optimism at that time. The standard of living was getting better all the time, the economy had been kick started by the war, technology, also driven largely by the war, was making manufacturing more efficient. In the late 1960s we went to the moon, there were plans on the drawing board for a manned mission to Mars. Yes, it would have been possible. Dangerous, but it could have been done. It looked like we were finally making progress with civil rights. And then… Then everything started to fall apart as greed and a lust for power became the new gods at the end of the 20th century. I don’t want to be pessimistic either, but I really don’t see how this is going to change any time soon.

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        1. I was born in 1946. Britain after WWII was a bombed-out ruin, and rationing of food continued into the 1950s. Since then, I think, we’ve been catching up, but I agree that the spirit of adventure is largely dead, and ‘Politics for fun and Profit’ became the norm somewhere back in the 1970s when we joined the Common Market, as it then was. Interesting to compare notes, though!

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  2. Well said Frederick. And remember folks, we’re not the only species that matters and in fairness we’re probably the least deserving of survival. It’ll be a poorer world without the other animals.

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    1. Thanks, David. I’m in full agreement. One of those species will be taking up the baton one day; which is why I am starting training courses in leadership and basic economics for dolphins. Registration has already begun and places are at a premium, so if you know any that might be interested I’m prepared to consider mate’s rates? Hugs

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      1. You told me that on porpoise didn’t you?

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    Francisco Bravo Cabrera

    A very good post! And I fully agree with you Frederick.

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        Francisco Bravo Cabrera

        You’re very welcome Frederick!


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