A few days ago, someone told me they thought that climate change was just ‘the natural cycle of the sun’ and wasn’t a product of humankind.
Today, the UK government have declared a state of climate emergency.
Normally I have a rule – unless I’m on Twitter or with my family, I try to avoid talking politics at all costs. People who you would otherwise get along with quickly fall from their pedestals when you learn that actually, they ‘don’t agree with everything Piers Morgan says but the man does have a point!!!’.
However, maybe, just maybe, I need to start being more political. I need to start talking more about the issues that affect us all as humans and instead of sneering or laughing at my peers, try to educate them. Show them that not every medical journal is written by big pharma, and that actually, 97% of scientists (and now the UK government) agree that climate change is an issue. That its okay to have differing opinions, as long as our viewpoints are formed from solid facts.
I think this blog post is also a pledge to myself that I am going to strive to become better educated in current affairs, so that my beliefs are formed from proper facts as well as my own core values. That way, when I do talk politics, when I do canvass for my party and when I do vote, I can do so without a shadow of a doubt in my choices.
Today the local elections took place, and it was great to see the people closest to me really caring about the politics that were taking place in their communities. I think now more than ever, in an era of such political unrest and turbulence, it is so important to cast a vote and encourage others to do so. Talk politics, no matter how uncomfortable it might be, because (are you ready to get super cheesy?) even the smallest ripples can cause waves.
It isn’t exactly a secret that I’m a left-winger, whatever that means. I am a fully fledged, paying member of the UK Green Party and a self-confessed socialist. I believe in equal opportunities no matter whether you were born rich or poor, man or woman, gay or straight (or anything in between).
With Brexit (still!?) looming, the ice-caps melting, Theresa May dancing to ABBA and the world generally going up in flames, I encourage anyone to actually practice what we preach and be a bit kinder and more accepting of everyone. The world is already going down the shitter, let’s make it a bit more bearable, yeah?
PS – Please don’t think I’m some entitled, ‘holier than thou’ leftie, I literally had a cheese string wrap for my dinner I cannot take myself seriously at all.
PPS – Here are some great resources if you want to learn more about climate change.
National Geographic – https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/global-warming-real/