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  1. Anna B

    Climate change protests

    Bloody hell Staunton, lighten up a bit. The human race is nothing if not ingenious. It's faced disaster many times in the past and come through. We do however need to recognize the problems before we can tackle them, and that seems to be the problem -too much complacency. I know a lot of people have it really tough, which is why we must all do our best to help each other out where we can, and insist on more long term equality, but I believe we do have a future.
  2. Anna B

    Climate change protests

    Daily mass media coverage on the news. And it's not the 'same old awareness' this time, is it? It has morphed into 'civil disobedience' and has affected people's daily lives so they've had to sit up and take notice. They have been inconvenienced, but not half as much as we're all going to be if we don't do something about climate change and environmental issues. Civil disobedience can achieve a lot, as has been proved by various political campaigns in the past.
  3. Anna B

    Climate change protests

    I think it has raised awareness at least, although I'm a bit disgusted in the way it's been portrayed in the media. I think good people working together for a good cause deserve some respect. I also have to disagree with Tinfoilhat's assertion that 'Occupy' didn't achieve anything. Again, I think they raised awareness and issues that people were unfamiliar with, and got people talking. There is much more awareness now, that governments are to a large extent controlled by the big corporations and lobbyists, and that our 'democracy' falls way short of what it is supposed to be. It's a long road, but we are walking it, and things are slowly changing.
  4. Anna B

    Climate change protests

    So you're happy for things to continue the way they have been for the last 30+ years? If not, what do you propose?
  5. Anna B

    Climate change protests

    To have an effect, Global warming can only be tackled at global level, by taking on governments and Corporations to clean up their act. Who is going to make them do that? Well, in a word, we are. In fact we are the only ones who can. By standing together and demanding change. The whole population standing together is the most powerful thing there is, which is why governments etc try to divide us at every opportunity. They have had the chance to make significant changes for years, but have failed to do much other than nibble away at the edges. Legislation is not difficult. I probably wouldn't like a lot of it, but know it's necessary for all our sakes, but the real trouble lies much further up the chain, and to do my bit down at the bottom, I require big changes all the way up.
  6. Anna B

    Climate change protests

    Why are we discussing Emma Thompson's 'hypocracy' or trivia like whether the flag is made out of plastic fibres, etc? This is just diverting the argument about very serious issues. It doesn't ask why no other form of less polluting, but fast travel is available, and if not, why not? ) Or why other, better substances are not always used in preference to the toxic ones. Why do people always launch into people who are simply doing their best to raise important issues that need to be, and should be discussed, rather than look at the bigger picture of what they're actually trying to do,?
  7. Anna B

    Climate Change thread

    Personally, I'm not against civil disobedience, but it is being portrayed in a very negative way in the media. And even these methods take years. Change should have started years ago.
  8. Anna B

    Climate Change thread

    This is so true. Unfortunately those wealthy and in power are able to protect themselves from such onslaughts, so go for the thing they hold dearest - their money. Boycott companies, and companies that sell their products. Harm no-one but vote with your feet, and spread the word, let people know why you do what you do.
  9. Anna B

    Climate Change thread

    Unfortunately climate change is a world issue, and when did they ever agree on anything? World leaders gather together at places like Davos to discuss, but there are too many conflicting interests. Usually making money is at the expense of the planet, and the money making team wins everytime. Sure, treaties are signed etc etc etc, but are they properly implemented? Are they enough? Nothing will be done until it affects these money men / powerful decision makers, personally and profoundly. They can raise £600 million in a day for Notre Dame, but can't insist on subsidised building regs, say, for grey water systems, solar panels and turbines on tops of all new buildings, a better public transport system that works well. or electric cars that ordinary people can afford, reduced packaging etc etc..... it's not rocket science, but it does need investment in infrastructure and a will to make the changes.
  10. Anna B

    SINGLE OAP PENSION

    This may well be true, but in my day there was no such thing for the likes of us. We had very little money to manage a family on and plenty of other things to worry about. Finacial planning for old age didn't come into it. You did your best with a little works pension, and thought you were secure (as they told us,) then they started messing about with those. The financial industry has crucified pensioners, I hope they don't do the same to you. We used to have one of the best systems in the world. Look at it now.
  11. Anna B

    Climate Change thread

    Sadly, I fear you are probably right.
  12. Words of praise for the firefighters is due I think. Well done and thankyou, to some very brave and very skilled men (and women?)
  13. Anna B

    Climate Change thread

    Climate change can't be solved with a bit of tinkering round the edges which is what we've got now. We need wholesale systemic change. We cannot go on expecting constant economic growth to be powered by rampant consumerism. Less consumerism might help the planet but will probably cost jobs etc etc and similar problems all the way down the line. It's going to be complicated, messy and difficult. The only hope is that governments of the world can find a way of working together to solve this, but since when has that ever happened? They need to start by tackling the mass producers of CO2, and making sure the solutions are equitable and affect those at the top with moneyto dodge round the issues, as much as those at the bottom of the scale. They won't like it of course - but then neither will anyone else, me included.
  14. Anna B

    SINGLE OAP PENSION

    I also have full NI contributions for 35 years and as a teacher for some of that time I assume I was contracted out. When i retired I just missed the new rate by a month. I am at least £25 a week short of the £168 new rate. That works out at £1,300 a year (or £26,000 over 20 years) down. I get a small works pension so not entitled to any extra state pension
  15. Anna B

    SINGLE OAP PENSION

    But is that what people actually get? I've never met anyone who gets the full amount.
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