Tickersoid Tackles Global Issues.
Perhaps I'm not the best qualified person to tackle global issues. I don't subscribe to a news paper (not necessarily a disadvantage from what I've read in the 'Star') nor do I watch the TV news.
I do, however, glimpse a window to the world through radio news (assuming 'glimpse' is an appropriate verb to use for an auditory medium). Further, I sometimes peruse some of the weightier articles from the Times, should I happen to find a copy lying on the toilet cubicle floor, that isn't too sodden for page turning.
I will however, give you the 'He's Got To Be a Bit Gay' view of Global Warming, right here from my collapsed office chair (Ikea of course) at one end of my badly decorated bedroom, looking out on a snow covered valley.
I seem to recall some one concerned with global worming, ( yeah, you're not going to find anything involving names, times and places or anything vaguely verifiable here) saying we shouldn't go from denial to despair.
Jeez, that was my plan exactly.
I'm impressed, mind you, that he should have recognized such a common place attitude.
Those of us who listen to Terry Wogan on radio 2 in the morning will notice a cynicism aimed at 'latest research' and global warming.
Most of his 8.5 million viewers, ( believed to be the worlds highest. Eat your heart out Howard Stern) are, shall we say, of a certain age.
An age that remembers when we used to 'make do and mend', instead of buying new. When we used to take glass bottles back to the shop or leave them out for the milk man. When the only disposable item in the weekly shop was toilet paper and that was only because news paper blocked up the soil pipes (if you didn't scrunch it and rip into small pieces).
This was an age when the latest research told us that dairy products such as eggs, cream and cheese were good for you. When eating boiled sweets and brushing after every meal was thought to be beneficial for your teeth. When the latest predictions of the future told us that the worlds oil would have run out by 1984, but that Britain had enough coal to last another 300 years.
No. Us oldies don't hold much store by latest research or predictions.
OK, I'll admit I used to be in denial about global warming and maybe 'man' has actually contributed to it by emissions, but hey, what you gonna do?
I know for sure people aren't going to modify their lifestyles by any significant degree, and I say significant in terms of what can reasonably be expected, not in terms of what needs to be done.
People act according to economic pressure. End of.....
And what of the emerging economies. China building power stations at the rate of one per week. How many TV's turned off, instead of on stand by, is that?
How are the Chinese going to react to being told, just as they're aspiring to own their own motor cars, "Ooh we've all agreed here in the West, it would be a good thing if we all rode around on bicycles." Like you're ever going to get consensus on that in Sussex or Oxford, let alone Los Angelis.
So now I'm in despair.
Except for one thing.
Didn't someone predict that, any day now, Yellow Stone Park is going to explode in a super volcano and plunge us all into a nuclear winter?