Science content is a key component of this site, and I may yet return to write that article, but in truth I’ve been struggling with it all week.
As I ran today, my iPod was set on shuffle, taking me to places that I rarely go. And finally it struck me that instead of writing, I should just leave you with this simple message, delivered directly and emotionally by one young singer-songwriter.
It sounds like a conversation on the environment, from my daughter’s generation to mine.
I was going to write about the offshore windfarm which opened in late 2005 at Kentish Flats to the east of London and the new, much larger Thames Estuary windfarm recently approved nearby. I was going to exhort you to take action and sign up (at no extra cost) to wind electricity.
I was going to take encouragement from the fact that whilst the uptake of green technologies in 2006 was not enough to make a significant difference to greenhouse gas emissions, at least the awareness of the environment (if not the will and commitment to do anything much about it) has been rising steadily.
I was going to lambast the UK and US governments for the wasted environmental and energy opportunities of the past eight years.
I was going to express my disgust with Tony Blair for backing a return to nuclear energy, and my frustration with the misinformed Daily Telegraph editorial team and readership for their mindless joy that several (but not all) of the wind turbines in the UK were still for a few days during December’s fog. That’s not the point – because every single day that those blades are turning, they reduce carbon emissions.
I was also going to mention the unseasonable weather. I completed my 7 miles this afternoon in the 12oC warmth of what should be deepest January. It’s yet another mild winter after the UK’s warmest ever year in 2006, and it’s likely that 2007 will be the hottest year the globe has seen since records began.
The scientific truth here is beyond debate. But perhaps I must admit that science can sometimes only take you so far in any argument, even this one.
Please listen to that film clip. Link to this post. And do something too, if you can. Not tomorrow, but today.
Because our kids’ future is entirely within our hands. If we all act now, it may still not be too late.
And tomorrow may yet be a different day.
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