Thursday, December 07, 2006

Bush-whacked

If there ever was a daddy's girl, Jenna Bush looks the part. Poor, poor thing. But, I am not here to bushwhack the Great Decider today. Rather, I was going to talk about climate change - a topic very far from daddy Dubya's tin heart. The environment. What Brown referred to in yesterday's pre-budget report as the "greatest challenge that has ever faced humanity"? Now, I don't know about you, but is the green crusade not turning into a march of middle-class miserabilists?

In 200 years, when people have seen the climate change lobby for what it is - alarmists and frustrated politicians seeking publicity through fear - will they not look back on this level of western hysteria and laugh? If you listen to the green lobby rhetoric apparently disease, floods, and famines in the developing world are a direct consequence of 4x4s on British motorwars and the scramble for seats on EasyJet. The climate change lobby has a case for arguing that the earth's temperature will be affected by the activities of its occupants, but why do they insist on demanding that everyone in the UK live in total abstinence, riding on bikes and prohibitively expensive trains, rather than winning the argument a different way?

But, that's enough spit-fire for today. Especially as there is "And While London Burns" to listen to - the awesome, new soundtrack for the era of climate change set amongst the skyscrapers of the most powerful financial district on Earth, London’s Square Mile. An opera for one, it takes the listener, equipped with an mp3 player on a walking audio adventure through the streets and alleyways of our city. The makers describe it as "bathed in fire, flood, love and turmoil" and a "collision of thriller, opera and guided walk". And I have to agree, it's pretty hard-hitting.

Download it for free here.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen up all you banker wankers out there trading our future away with carbon!

7:16 pm  
Anonymous G W Bush (son) said...

wow - really powerful. going to download it tonight. will listen to it over storeytime.

7:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome link

Love it

7:26 pm  
Anonymous HeartyBowl said...

I agree. The whole green thing is totally out of control.

'Global equality' has been redefined to mean sharing out the misery - lowering aspirations in the West rather than demanding the best for all, both in the developed and the developing worlds.

7:34 pm  
Anonymous Jean said...

Agree - I saw a leaflet the other day that urged people to go vegan in order to stop Africans from going hungry?! It is like we have found the contemporary equivalent of sin, where our alledgedly wicked actions are said to have harmful effects on people in the Third World.

7:39 pm  
Anonymous a said...

Great find here CS!

The patronising use of developing countries for the benefit of Western camapiagning is not new and stifles the real debate (as you say) about the causes of underdevlopment.

7:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green = Mean

8:05 pm  
Anonymous max said...

which climate change lobby have you been listening to, CS? Suggest you stay off the climate porn in future ...

1:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow - this is something

10:01 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she looks just like him

10:17 am  
Anonymous claire said...

Forward this everybody!

Get the message out.

12:29 pm  

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