The Swedish papers these days are stuffed with stories about global warming. Its funny that they discover it just now and preach to us about how DANGEROUS and LETHAL and BAD it is, while last month it was more important how big Brittney Spear’s tits had gotten. Still, I suppose any global warming propaganda is good global warming propaganda.
And then, after lots of exclamation marks and stock footage of melting glaciers, cute polar bears and storm damage, they start with the tips. Generally what they do is to ask “the public” what they plan to do to combat global warming. And “the public” answer with a daft grin as if somebody had asked them what kind of shoes they would wear to a premiere. The most common replies:
- I will turn things off when I don’t use them
- I will recycle more
- I will try and drive my car less
- I will try and take the train instead of the plane, when I can
- I will change out my light bulbs
Well hurrah for you, fuckwad. Take the train “when you can” and turn off your fucking lights. Well, we’re all on the road to climate salvation, that’s for sure, with people like this on the case. A big hand for Joe Moron, everybody!
Listen up people: if the danger from climate change is real – and I note here that the evidence is not 100% in – then taking the train isn’t going to cut the cheese. It might salve your idiot conscience and allow you to continue buying shit and driving to your summer house every weekend, but it won’t make a damn bit of difference. If climate change is real – and I repeat, most of the evidence, though not all, says that it is – then we’re going to have to do a whole lot better than that. A whole fucking lot better.
Sure, change out the light bulbs – that helps. But that small improvement will be cancelled out by all the new crap you will buy – iPods, plasma screens, X-boxes and so on – and taking the train will be cancelled out a hundred times by the annual Ryanair weekend getaway to Barcelona. Nothing on that list really makes a difference, and we have to face up to the fact that – if climate change is real –our lives will have to change pretty fucking radically. Here’s my list, and keep in mind that I’m going easy on you:
- Earn less, consume less and make less waste
- Stop flying. Anywhere. Ever.
- Don’t buy a car, and if you must, then get a hybrid
- Eat only locally produced vegetables, fruit and meat
That’s a start, but a fairly good one. And by all means, change out your light bulbs, but remember that this is a fucking huge problem we are facing, and any real fix will hurt us all, and hurt us bad. So get used it people – if you are serious about this, and are not not just spouting off a bunch of crap for the newspapers, then your life as you know it is now over.