Monday, 15 October 2007

Adbusters

This is my contribution to our bloggers environment day - http://www.adbusters.org/abtv/
Click on the Whirlmart video.

It's Buy Nothing day on November 23rd. I see this as a good thing for the environment and also a way to bring to people's consciousness that "retail therapy" is not a panacea for what ails us.

I only discovered Adbusters magazine this week at my local library. I appreciate its left-wing, tell it like it is philosophy. Here's a quote from the March/April 2007 issue:

"In October of last year, Sir Nicholas Stern, former chief economist of the World Bank, delivered a damning report to British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. The Stern report had been commissioned by Blair to examine the economics of climate change and its findings shocked the political establishment. Climate change, said Stern, could shrink the global economy by 20%. Economic disaster was waiting if politicians did not act soon.

"In response, Blair declared himself ready to act. Climate change, he said, would be "literally disastrous", and "this disaster is not set to happen in some science fiction future many years ahead but in our lifetime."

"Six weeks later, Blair's government announced a national airport expansion scheme with the creation of new runways at two major airports, and more to come. It was said to be "necessary" because air travel - the fastest-growing contributor to climate change - was forecast to grow rapidly over the next twenty years, and government had to cater for demand."

Isn't that a typical example of a politician's about-face!

2 comments:

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS ... said...

When we went over to Jersey with British Airways the plane was half empty, why not condense the number of flights down and then maybe we wouldn't need extra runways.

Katherine said...

Great point about retail therapy, Nicola.
When it comes to concern for the environment, actions do speak louder than words and it really is up to each of us to make the change that we want to see in this world.