Climate change

Ben awaits climate change

I had a grandparent moment this week.

I was watching the news, and an item about the climate change protest at Heathrow came up. I listened to the chief spokesperson, who’s young, articulate and committed to the importance of their cause.

And I found myself thinking, “What a waste of time.”

I tried to banish the idea from my brain, but before I’d expunged the thought-crime, it hit me that this was just what my grandparents used to say about the Greenham Common protests in the 1980s.

I never stayed a night at Greenham, but I did go to some of the protest events, and I sent my grandparents a Raymond Briggs book about nuclear war in a youthful attempt to educate them with humour.

I still have the letter my gran wrote to me afterwards, calling it “a lot of nonsense”.

I’m not nearly as old as she was then, so I have even less excuse for pooh-poohing legitimate protest.

I think what has struck me about this protest is that they’re targeting a commercial organisation whose priority is profit, not saving the world from global warming.

While there’s a demand for cheap air travel they will provide it.
It’s up to us to demand less air travel, and to vote for the politicians who have a coherent policy on climate change.

Direct action may be more newsworthy than dull old voting and lobbying, but I’m not sure it’s as effective in galvanising governments into action.

Mind you, my grandparents didn’t even vote.

“Those politicians are all as bad as each other,” was their view.

Perhaps they did have something in common with the protestors after all.

About Beta Mum

Here you can find the ramblings of a trapeze artist turned journalist who ran away from the circus to join the BBC. Cathy "mine's a Kir Royale" Keir then spent thirteen years working in Jersey, Guernsey and Devon, before downgrading to what you see before you. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, The Stage and Television Today, Junior Magazine and both the BBC and Bad Mothers Club websites. She has two children who think women can’t be prime ministers. She blames herself.
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3 Responses to Climate change

  1. dulwichmum says:

    I know what you mean my lovely, but this is exactly why we did not take a flight for our holiday this summer. We are having our own little protest over here in SE21. I have decided to try to change the world as my baby girl loves the penguins…

  2. Iota says:

    I think most of us waver between hope and despair on these big issues. Hope wins a bit more in youth; despair in old age. Most of us are in between. Good for you going to Greenham.

  3. Omega Mum says:

    This is even more grandparentish, but while Greenham was a wonderful thing in terms of expression, friendship and youthful ardour, surely its premise – that its existence would be more likely to spark all out war – has been, by the very fact that we’re still on the planet – proven to be a little dodgy.

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