It’s been an important few weeks for the planet. We have had the most recent report from the IPCC. It makes salutary reading for policymakers and for each of us individually. At the same time, at the very same time unbelievably, the UK has given the go-ahead for fracking in Lancashire against considerable public protest and against the wishes of the local authority concerned.
Democracy also has had a bad time in other ways. Not only was the local authority overruled in this case (which does not bode well for other local areas in this context) but three protesters were given ridiculous jail sentences for protesting. This was the first time since the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932 that protesters exercising their democratic right to protest were jailed.
They were released after an appeal in which the court held that the jail sentences were completely disproportionate. There are many news reports of this. You can read one of them here.
What was not heard in that appeal court, were arguments about the original trial judge’s potential bias. Here is a report on this potential bias from the Mail Online. It is more than disappointing that the appeal court would not hear arguments about this aspect of the case.
But beyond the day to day stories about how we as a society fail to embrace the reality of Climate Breakdown, we need to hear the voice of the planet.
Yesterday, I came across a video that is an attempt to speak for the planet. Indeed, it presents itself as ‘Messages from the Blue Planet’.
You can argue that it is just one person speaking for the planet. But even so, it is a very moving message which we really need to hear. It’s an hour long and watching it is an hour well spent.
There is a moment when the planet says: ‘if you want to know how we (i.e. the planet) are feeling, watch the weather’. Well, this summer, this year, the last few years, we have had plenty of weather to watch. And though I’m not an expert, I’d say the planet is angry!