Crossing Paths with Al Gore and Naomi Kline, Two Global Warming Activists Trying to Change Everything

Climate Reality-6

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I was rather fortunate a few weeks ago to be selected to attend the Climate Realty Project Leader training session in Toronto Canada which was held two weeks ago. To be selected you had to be a reasonably hard core Global Warming activist or at least committed or influential enough to help stimulate Global Warming action in your home region. They probably selected me using the hard core criterion.

My selection set the scene for an interesting week in Canada and perhaps what some would call a brush with fame, the chance to hear Al Gore in action and get in a photo with Naomi Klein and David Suzuki. If you don’t know who these people are you must be living in an alternate reality.

These are some of the big guns of the North American Global Warming Action Team leading the troops in the media war to stop Global Warming against crazy suicidal denier zealots and brigades of fossil fuel loving authoritarian Canadian conservatives and US Republicans.

When I was organising the trip from Sydney to Canada, accompanied of course, by my lovely partner Joanne, I noticed that there was to be a massive Climate Justice rally in Toronto the week before the Climate Reality conference.

Being rather partial to protest rallies we decided to attend this one representing the Australian Greens, ACF, Lock the Gate, Stop CSG Sydney, Greenpeace Australia and 350.org (Australia) – yep it must have been the hard core criterion that got me selected.

The trip is a long one from Sydney to Toronto. It’s half way around the Earth and about 24 hours or longer flying each way.  To while away the time I took a copy of Naomi Klein’s book called ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate’ which I had been trying to find time to read as it’s a rather formidable tome. As it turned out, I had the time to read it from cover to cover. It’s useful being a fast reader at times.

It’s very easy to understand why Naomi Klein titled her book as she did. From the first page she got straight into it. Humans and to be specific neo-liberal materialistic capitalistic greedy humans have upset the balance of Nature on our home world.

We are now altering the life support system of our planet to the extent that it is beginning to threaten all of the world’s species and coincidentally our civilization’s existence. In short we need to change our ways or commit millions of species and ourselves to extinction.

The beauty of ‘This Changes Everything” and the strength of her argument is that it is full of real world examples not scientific graphs or moral platitudes. Using her background as a journalist she has woven a powerful and compelling story of a smart ape civilisation leading up to the threshold of its potential demise through greed, ignorance and inaction.

She doesn’t waste time pleading for ratbag deniers, ignorant selfish conservatives, egocentric economists, money worshipping oligarch loving business flunkies or weak willed graft ridden sociopathic politicians to wake up to the reality of Global Warming.  She believes the scientists have spoken, the evidence is in and it’s time to act.

She is targeting the progressive-leaning silent majority of normal Homo sapiens who might be sitting on the fence, living in mass media induced ignorance or waiting comatosely for someone else to do something. This is what she is saying very clearly and loudly.

WAKE UP! This is YOUR story, YOU are in it and it’s up to YOU to write the ending.

My decision to attend the Climate Justice rally and march was a good one and quite fortunate. Joanne and I turned up an hour early and stood around among the press gallery watching and listening to the rally organisers giving the press the reasons for the rally and plenty of time for photoshoots.

Both Naomi Klein and David Suzuki were there among many other Canadian celebrities whom I didn’t know and apologise now for not mentioning them and their contributions to the Canadian and world anti Global Warming movement.

As luck would have it I was standing right beside and just behind David Suzuki and holding up a Lock the Gate placard when the main TV news interviews and speeches started. The Lock the Gate sign was shown prominently on the Canadian news and countless Canadian viewers probably wondered what the hell it meant and possibly even who was the old guy wearing the Chinese commo hat.

Over the next hour about 10-15,000 ordinary people of all ages, from all walks of life turned up for a massive display of unity calling for action on Climate Change and Justice for all the people and particularly the first nation people affected by the destructive and divisive conservative neoliberal policies damaging the Canadian environment  and society.

Joanne and I had ample opportunity to talk to dozens of Canadians and took lots of pix which are shown on our Facebook Pages. We agreed that they came over as no different to Aussies. They were ordinary people like those found in the marches in Australia who CARE about not just their city or state or country but about the world and all the people in it.

It was a great privilege for us to walk the streets of Toronto with these caring and loving people. It was thrilling to chant with them and call for action on Global Warming and Justice for all the people of Canada and the world that it is affecting right now.

The icing on the cake was when Naomi Klein appeared out of nowhere during the march and Joanne took a picture of me with her. We didn’t talk we didn’t need to, we were just two people marching with thousands united by the same humanitarian cause.

A few days later I attended the Climate Reality conference with about 500 others from many countries round the world. What a wonderful bunch of friendly people from all walks of life they were, all there committed to helping to change the world. These were not the glossy eyed zealots the right wing mass media would like to portray them as.

These were the people’s heroes, the responsible members of our human society that believe in the Science, the ones who understand the threat, the ones responding to the clarion call for action, the ones prepared to step forward and catalyse the changes needed to avert the dangers of catastrophic Global Warming.

They are also the vanguard of the changes we need to transform our world from the ‘greed is good’ extractivist economics that is destroying our home planet, to a more caring and biologically sustainable society living within the boundaries set by Nature, not the cheque books of greedy bankers and their sociopathic oligarchic cronies.

I sat around tables with people from Barbados, Chile, India, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, United Kingdom, and of course Canada. They are damn nice people, all of them and now friends. They are all determined to catalyse the changes the world needs. They all know it won’t be an easy job.

We spent two days listening to Al Gore and other Climate Realty speakers outlining the problems to be faced and how we might make a positive contribution to saving humanity. They were all pretty persuasive but I guess you could argue they were talking to the converted. I didn’t get a chance to meet Al Gore personally, perhaps another time.

The key thing we learned was that there is a myriad of like-minded  people of all nationalities, cultures and faiths around the world who do believe that Global Warming is a real threat and is caused by human activity.  They do care about the world, its people and all the species of animals and plants that exist only on Earth. They are determined to share their knowledge and experience and to unite in action to help fix the problem and we will.

While Joanne didn’t get to the Climate Reality conference she had a great time as tourist and managed to get to see Niagara Falls.

 

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How Tony Abbot Helped to Start WW3 and Halt Global Warming

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A chilling satirical post apocalyptic short story. Hopefully NOT a prophesy.

Des Pensable copyright 2015

I’m sitting here in Sydney in 2020 in the middle of what used to be summer wearing a heavy jacket having a cup of tea. The sky is covered in swirling orange brown clouds. There is an occasional burst of lightning caused by the build-up of static electricity they say. I haven’t seen the sun this year yet but the political bureau said that their scientists had created a weather model that predicted that we might see the sun some day soon.

I pondered again on how the world’s politics had deteriorated so quickly. It just needed a spark they said and our PM lit the fuse it seems. He denies it of course. It all started when commercial airliner MH17 with dozens of Aussies aboard was shot down over the Ukraine by either a missile or some say a warplane from the new right wing Ukraine government installed by the US neo conservatives. Either way it was murder.

The then struggling PM of Australia decided to accuse the Russians of shooting a missile without waiting to see any evidence. He did an admirable job of acting upset for the US. Sanctions were imposed and he was heralded as a hero by the right wing US owned Australian mass media and the die was cast.

In late 2015 the Australian government signed two trade agreements with hidden agendas, called the TPP and the TISA in quick succession. They were really templates for multinational world control. Without bothering to ask the Australian people, the country was handed to the multinationals on a plate. All in our best interest!

The fire sale of fire sales followed … everything was privatized. Health, medicine, transport, education, the power and the water. We all became dependent upon the foreign owners of our birthright. We were economic slaves in our own country dispossessed of any rights to have any say in anything. The government was effectively redundant, the corporations ruled.

The same year was an epic year of misfortune and will long be remembered in history as the year the shit hit the fan. The economic situation in Europe deteriorated. Greece rebelled and wanted out. Spain and Portugal followed. Germany was chastised for making agreements with Russia after the NATO war games in Europe in late 2015 raised tensions to boiling point.

The Climate Conference in Paris was sabotaged by a group of terrorists from the middle east. Hundreds were killed. The Pope died of a “heart attack”. The CIA was implicated but there was no evidence until Wikileaks came up with a copy the “Plan to Contain Global Warming” written by some psychopathic neo conservative in the back waters of a Republican right wing think tank.

They did agree that Global Warming was real after all. The main reason was world over population. The report stated that there were too many blacks, commies, Arabs and other irrelevant races that were breeding like rats. So some bright spark thought of a quick way to solve the overpopulation problem and Global Warming in one easy step. It was based on what was called the Theory of Nuclear Winter.

The idea was that if you exploded enough nuclear bombs and put enough particulate material into the atmosphere it would block out the sun for a few years and when it was all over presumably the wealthy nutcases who sponsored the idea could come out of their 5 star bomb shelters and resume their lives in new high tech utopia with much diminished world population and no more Global Warming.

Things rapidly went pear-shaped after that. In 2016 people protested all around the world. The authoritarian western countries all clamped down with new laws against protesting of any type. They introduced night time curfews, censored the Internet by total geo blocking. Only authorized government servants and the federal security were allowed to have access to Internet outside Australia. The only news allowed was government authorized news from the Fox World Media Center in the USA.

Of course, people with hidden satellite communications managed to find out some of the things that happened. In 2017 we were all stunned with the news that Hawaii was obliterated by a nuclear blast. The missile was apparently fired from an unidentified  submarine in the Pacific. The USA immediately blamed Russia. Russia said it was innocent and it was a false flag attack by the USA or one of USA’s allies. It really doesn’t matter anymore who did it.

The US controlled media echoed the Australian PM’s cry for blood and got it.  Half the world died in the next few weeks. Australia was spared. The US plutocrats and politicians had to have somewhere to hide.

Oh well it’s time to get back into the shelter again. That nasty wind that blows in from the north is still very radioactive. Hopefully we’ll see the sun soon so that we can start growing food again. I’m really sick of this artificial muck we eat. They say it’s nutritious and it probably is but it’s got no flavor at all and everyone wonders what Monsanto makes it from. It’s a trade secret they say.

It’s rumored this all happened because the wealthy US elite didn’t want to lose all their money invested in Fossil fuels. I don’t know whether that’s really true or not. It hardly matters any more. The thing that does matter is that humanity has failed the evolution test. If we don’t kill ourselves off this time it will be next time as greed, narcissism and sociopathy are not a good combination for survival.

I sometimes wonder what it might have been like if there was more love, empathy and compassion in Australia and we had had the guts not to sign those fake trade agreements and to get rid of the political corruption that stole our country before it was too late. I guess I’ll never know.

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