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Glastonbury, climate doomsters and a festival of hypocrisy


AS EVER, Glastonbury has been the centre of media attention. Not because of the annual musical jamboree (apologies to Elton John) but because the leading lights of Extinction Rebellion (XR) cleverly held a conference in the town the weekend before. Present were queen bee Dr Gail Bradbrook, its co-founder, and its chief ideologue Dr Jem Bendell, a British professor of ‘sustainability leadership’ (since when was that an academic discipline?) whose ‘Deep Adaptation’ ideas (that humanity needs to prepare for the possibility of fundamental societal collapse, as a result of global warming and extreme weather events) are said to have been the inspiration for XR taking off in 2018.

Some of us are wondering, however, if there was another reason for holding this Deep Adaptation event in Glastonbury Town Hall around the time of the festival; whether it was in response to something that happened in the town hall earlier this year when the Deep State’s ‘greenie’ agenda was challenged and local resident Sandi Adams was unexpectedly allowed to speak. She told the Glastonbury Town Council all about Agenda 2030, 15-minute cities, Net Zero and so on and set out what a disaster all of this would mean to the town. She pointed out to the butcher that he might not have a business in future, and she reminded the mayor that she had warned him about the Deep State’s plans ten years ago when they had talked in her kitchen. You can get a fuller picture of her speech in her subsequent interview with James Delingpole.

Sandi’s impromptu address to the town council went viral and several cages were severely rattled. It raised the spectre that the ‘Net Zero Deep State’ might be about to lose a key venue for ‘true’ believers if the good folk of Glastonbury decided they didn’t want to live in a world planned for them by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. Could actual Glastonbury inhabitants be at risk of developing dangerous ideas of personal sovereignty, taking personal responsibility for their lives and, worse, might they even start to question the climate change narrative?

Hence the urgent need to bring them back into the fold by holding the Deep Adaptation event, to stiffen their weakening resolve and remind them that industrial society is still collapsing – because we have failed to decarbonise in time – that climate change is still out of control because our carbon footprints are all too big, and, most of all, not to let us forget that the crisis we face remains hopeless.

Dr Bendell wants you (us) to give up hope (hope is for sissies: ‘an escape from reality’ is his mantra). But not be so hopeless that we do nothing. Instead we must adopt the Bendell ‘Goldilocks theory of hopelessness’: too hopeless, we do nothing; not hopeless enough, we take no notice. As he says, ‘Just because it might be too late to significantly influence that future, does not mean it is too late to learn how to participate’ [my emphasis], i.e. to become an activist. And Bendell is very specific about this, he wants you to become a certain sort of activist; one who can act without being attached to the outcome. In other words, accept failure (because all is doomed). What he doesn’t want are people with ‘consequentialist ethics’: those who act because they believe in hope and vision. Or other doomsters who glue themselves to roads. They aren’t acceptable because they haven’t achieved much. With the right guidance from people, however, Dr Bendell wants a gentler takeover of the world, XR-style. 

Above all, he wants radical intervention to break the power of elites and large corporations. They have created the ‘system’ which makes it all hopeless. It’s all the fault of the ‘system’. So some sort of rising of the working classes is needed. Then we can all become ‘eco libertarians’ who live in a collective state of ‘eco freedom’ which means collectively caring for the environment; as opposed to right-wing libertarianism which, according to him, is concerned only with personal sovereignty and attacks on freedom from the government.

Jem Bendell appears to be trying to portray himself as not being from the ‘system’, in spite of having worked for international bodies and spent time at Davos and being paid by the State. Indeed he became a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012. He now openly regrets having been so embedded that he once spoke to a certain Jeffrey Epstein about funding (clearly not one for doing due diligence), having been put in touch with the so-called ‘philanthropist living in the Caribbean’ by contacts at the Gates Foundation.

Unfortunately for Bendell, his putative mentor Klaus Schwab has blown his cover. Schwab, in his Covid-19: The Great Reset published in June 2020, described his vision of Big Finance working hand-in-hand with activists: ‘Let’s imagine the following situation to illustrate the point: a group of green activists could demonstrate in front of a coal-fired power plant to demand greater enforcement of pollution regulations, while a group of investors does the same in the boardroom by depriving the plant access to capital.’ This is the plan: it’s a two-pronged attack; there is no ‘imagine’.

Unfortunately too for Bendell, it is also an open secret that XR is funded by at least one billionaire – Sir Christopher Hohn (the Guardian, March 5, 2021). So much for breaking the power of the wealthy . . .

Not surprisingly, Bendell has largely kept to the WEF line on Covid. He can’t really entertain the idea that the Covid con and ensuing pandemic were a deliberate attempt to hasten the collapse of industrial society. After all, it suits the narrative that there is danger from wild zoonotic diseases made worse by climate change, not by humans working in biolabs, or psy-ops figments. Likewise, the decaying state of society had to be established before Covid so that the climate could once again be blamed. According to Bendell, pretty much all industrial societies around the world were in decline before the pandemic so there must have been a global cause, which can only have been the climate crisis.

There is, however, a significant flaw in this argument which threatens to undermine the whole Bendell/WEF thesis of climate doom. One major industrial nation has seen its metrics (life expectancy, low inflation, employment, GDP per capita, fertility rates etc etc) turn in an increasingly positive direction in the last 20 years or so: Russia. Indeed, since sanctions were imposed, Russia has blossomed without the West, as even the Sun pointed out in September 2022.

In fact, the common denominator to the collapse of industrial society is the West itself; the attack from within by such as Bendell with his hopelessness agenda. Climate doomsters like him are no more than useful idiots helping the Great Reset ‘road to serfdom’ plan along. Yet for all XR activism there is no sign of working people rising, unless it is to bash the exclusively middle-class activists who block their way to get to work: that is how much the doom message has failed to land with real people.

Significantly, Bendell is one of those doomsters who has chosen not to have children. How could he? Climate change has been created as a tall tale to frighten children. He has no interest in a better, safer future for children. He has no investment in the future. That is the problem with having a weltanschauung which has no hope or vision. You can live only for the present. I for one will not be joining him, a ‘doomster having fun’, as he sadly parties on the brink of his own extinction. And Glastonbury I hope will carry on being Glastonbury, awakened now a little to the hypocrisies of its woke and activist festival attendees and exploiters.

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Lucy Wyatt
Lucy Wyatt
Lucy Wyatt is an author based in Somerset. Her book Approaching Chaos: Could an ancient archetype save C21st civilisation? is available on Amazon. She has farming interests in the West Country and is developing a 'farm to fork' cafe outlet in a market town.

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