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Who’s on board for Greta Thunberg Month?


AS PRIDE Month drags on to its conclusion, and given that we have Black History Month to look forward to, it strikes me that there is one glaring omission in these state and corporate sanctioned extravaganzas. I refer of course to the lack of a ‘Climate Awareness Month’. True, we have Earth Day on April 22 each year, but one measly day? Surely we can do far better than that.

How best to celebrate Climate Awareness Month? We could renounce the use of fossil fuels for the entire month. Turn off all the power stations except those powered or partly powered by ‘renewables’, ban the import of gas and oil and shut down all petrol stations, indeed ban all non-electric vehicles for the month. And until Ofgem makes up its mind whether the wood pellets imported to service the Drax power station count as a ‘sustainable source’ they should be included in such a ban. Certainly the fuel used by the ships transporting them across the Atlantic are highly unlikely to comply with such requirements.

Which would be the most suitable month for Climate Awareness? I’m going to nominate February. After all it’s two to three days shorter than the other months. It’s also ideal as a winter month in the Northern Hemisphere to highlight all the misery coming down the track from persisting with Net Zero.

Naturally, to ensure supplies to essential services such as hospitals and government buildings there would have to be a bit of rationing. Plus there would be a need to guarantee energy availability for military uses (remember there is a war in Ukraine to keep going). Widespread electricity blackouts for the greater part of every day would be the norm and gas supplies to homes would have to be turned off too.

Commercial air travel would be grounded and the use of railways strictly limited. Shopping might become a bit challenging as shelves empty and panic buying becomes rife in the days leading up to the climate awareness celebration.

Schools and colleges would probably need to close or go on a three-day week, 1974 style, as would much of what’s left of our industries and commerce.

We might need to debate whether Wifi should be turned off, as those towers sending out the signals need power. (‘Just Stop Oil’ devotees might jib at that one.) Electric vehicle users won’t get off so lightly either, though if the month is unusually mild there might be enough electricity to permit their limited use.

Of course snow can fall in February, so it would be a rather cold, lonely, dark, boring and miserable time. In fact much of modern life as we know it would have to be put on hold. But what’s a bit of hardship if it leads to an increase in climate awareness? We could even take the moral high ground and look down on all the countries who opt not to join us in our worship of Net Zero. Perhaps we wouldn’t notice how loudly their populations would be laughing at us and our gullible stupidity.

Of course I will be making sure I am out of the country for the month, holidaying somewhere well away from it all, somewhere warmer or at least governed more sanely than we are, but so what? Would my hypocrisy be any worse than that of all those avid users of private jets such as Bill Gates, John Kerry, Al Gore and the rest of the Climate Commissars the media love to put on a pedestal, or those corporations successfully profiteering from it all with vast government contracts at our expense?

So let’s make February Greta Thunberg Month. If it wakes us from our slumber and finally gets us asking why our energy prices are amongst the highest in the world, demanding to know why we shouldn’t be issuing more licences to extract gas and oil from the North Sea or add fracking to our energy sources, it could be a price worth paying. It might even lead to children asking some searching questions of those seeking to brainwash them.

I wonder, too, once we’ve endured one month of this hardship whether there will be any rush to repeat it in subsequent years. At least at the moment there is a chance to halt and reverse the Net Zero madness, but we are not many years off its becoming irreversible, and then every month of every year will be Greta Thunberg Month.

This article appeared in Patrick Clarke’s Column on June 23, 2023, and is republished by kind permission. 

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Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke
Patrick Clarke was briefly active in politics during the 1970's before leaving to 'get a life'. You can read more articles from Patrick Clarke in his Substack column.

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