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Taking Climate Change Protests in London to the extreme wont tackle the real problem, but it will push sympathizers even further away

img_2996Anyone watching the news programmes in the West Country last night could have easily mistaken the coverage of the Climate Change Protests, flagging its origins in Stroud as being flown as some kind of Regional badge of honour.

Questions over media bias aside and quickly swept away into the overflowing pile where it now belongs, the strange-but-true reality of the Climate Question is that there are much greater levels of sympathy for the points that are generally being made than is generally realised. It is simply the case that for most people, the practicalities of life get in the way.

There is an unwritten rule beating away like a heart in the background of all this that says its ok to be as idealistic as much as you like, just don’t get in the way of other peoples lives in a way that suggests that you (the idealist) are right, and that everyone else (the pragmatic) are wrong.

The upshot and punishment of doing so, as the Extinction Rebellion are unwittingly pursuing so rigorously in London right now, is to lose friends and alienate people. The same people that they should not only be looking to win support from, but to work with collectively if not only the Climate Change Question but a great many others are ever, within a sensible timeline, to be properly resolved.

As an end result, aim or destination target, the creation of a fully carbon neutral economy is in itself a worthy aim. But attempting to push Government and yes, the People of this Country into the changes and knock-on effects that would be both necessary and unavoidable to achieve this unilateral target across the UK by 2025 would have impacts that even the most pessimistic of us would not dare to imagine.

There are pages, chapters and probably an entire book covering the family tree of consequences that would follow the implementation of such de facto demands.

When it boils down to it, even the lives of these apparently most idealistic and green-motivated of people would be turned completely on their head by public policy borne within an echo chamber where real world considerations and the question of such things as how the human experience is different for us all are excluded and don’t operate in any meaningful form.

Many Climate Change activists passionately believe that theirs is the only real game in town. But the game they really should be playing isn’t the one they think it is. It is actually the same one underpinning pretty much all of the problems that we as a society, a Country, a Continent and a World have at the base of all political problems.

Yes, it all boils down to pretty much the same cause.

Money, material wealth, self-interest and just about every shade of the same that you can roll out into what appears to be an infinite number of infinitesimally small to gargantuan forms.

Whether its think of ourselves or the accumulation of corporate and fat-cat wealth, it’s all relative and the root cause of it all is fundamentally the same.

Climate Change, like so many other things, will not become the cause célèbre that it needs to be, for as long as the alternative to money being the real power in the world is neither recognised, embraced and therefore not found.

To even begin the journey to that place – which will not be brought into existence by throwing the toys out of the pram, will take a change in thinking that will simply not happen that fast, no matter how desperate the change required may actually be.

Man is by nature a selfish beast. And the argument for addressing Climate Change will not be a priority for everyone until every excuse – whether financial or otherwise – has been dealt with meaningfully and removed, or the whole problem has simply been tested to to destruction and yes – gone far too far.

The genuine, meaningful opportunity that exists today for activists and people up and down this land, is to observe and be open to the reality that removing the sickness we now have in our Politics, our Parliament and all of our public bodies is the first major step to making our own society more mindful of the wider issues at work.

When we achieve the goal of having people in high office and positions of responsibility that consider the consequences of all that they do in terms of everyone and not only themselves, we will be one giant leap nearer the point where the Climate Change Question, whether perceived in isolation or as part of the malaise which faces us all collectively can finally be resolved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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