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  • Joseph Hollas

World’s on Fire


The world’s on fire, never mind the pants of global leaders. The decision makers who will be attending COP 26 this week have been lying to us for years. They support businesses and organisations that are responsible for emitting the tonnes of greenhouse gases, which is setting our planet alight.

We need to witness and take part in the action that comes from COP26. The individual has their job to do, but so do those leaders and decision makers.

In my country there is a great distrust between the leader and the public, but there is a trust between his party and the public. This trust between party and people is not all-encompassing. A large portion of Britain’s population are very critical of the party in power. This allows for an acceptance of intolerable behaviour.

For many years, Conservative MPs have been lying to the British public about the realities of the climate situation. They are now accepting that this is a problem but have, for years, taken place in an act known as greenwashing.

Greenwashing has been going on for a long time in the media. Never before has it ever been so clear and obvious than with Shell’s marketing department – showing you pictures of trees while their drills extract our Earth’s resources.

We, as people of this planet, need to protect our planet, and therefore ourselves. We can do that by making sure that those attendees of COP 26 bring action to the table. Make the changes, and take the hard decision if you have to. It’s only the world at stake.

We have to make sure that we will not accept any greenwashing that comes out of this conference. Do not be persuaded by this government, with a track history of lying, that everything is fine. Because it’s not fine.

Recently I have seen a lot of videos on social media of climate protestors blocking highways in Britain with their feeble, human bodies. A line of (majoritively old) people line up across a busy motorway with 4X4 cars and white vans. The drivers of the vehicles have souls, so they stop their cars and wait for the protestors to move.

But they don’t

They don’t move, they just stay put. And the drivers get frustrated. Their frustration builds and they leave their cars and they ask the protestors what the fuck they are doing.

Many of these people in their vehicles are working. They’re just doing their jobs, which helps them survive in the system. The only way a labourer can support a community is through the white van. The van provides the space for tools and the ability to move between people’s homes at speed. The most cost-effective vans use petrol and diesel to run. If these vans weren’t on the highways, then we would be emitting less greenhouse gases. But these workers need their vans, and they need to drive them.

We can reduce our effect on this planet by making changes to the way we drive.

When the protestors block the white van and its driver from getting to their next job, then that is less money for that worker to spend on a nice, family meal, or a Christmas present. The protestors cannot attack individuals in this way. It is inadvertently harsh on that one person, who has done nothing but go to work – just like we’ve all been taught to do to survive in this world. If the protestors are wanting to appeal to the wider public, then victimising innocent people is not the way to go.

I have seen videos of these protestors planting themselves on highways. I’ve seen them happening up and down Britain, affecting thousands of people’s regular working day. They always go the same way. The protestors run out in front of the cars, the cars stop, the people get out their cars and tell them to move, and then the protestors ignore anything coming their way. The frustration builds, and a rivalry builds. Your regular commuter vs climate protestor. They battle with each other, and the real culprit watches on and laughs.

We, as people, need to stop our infighting, and join together. We need to hold those attending COP26 accountable. Demand less emissions on a cultural, economic and global level. Demand change.




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