Every day I think about the things like the climate, energy descent, and food security. I then wonder if I am doing enough to communicate those issues during my day without sounding like a nut job. Herein lays my problem.
I don’t know if it is just me, but when I get going on one of these subjects to someone, I get a special look from whoever I am talking to (unless they are also aware of the issues I bang on about on this blog).
By now I kind of expect it around the two minute mark of what ever I am on about. You know the look. The blank stare and glazed look from the recipient. The look that means that they just want to run away and not listen to this crazy man talking about things I don’t want to know about. Stuff just too difficult to accept is happening. It is just one of my character traits now that I know about the issues that confront us. I am a laugh to be around when I get on my high horse.
Allow ex US president GW Bush to demonstrate.
|Mr Bush talking to Gavin|
Case in point; a friend of mine was opening one of those little cans of tuna, and I casually mentioned that tuna was going extinct from overfishing. He said no its not, because if it was, it would have been on the news. He rolled his eyes and walked away. [For more info on overfishing check out this post titled “End of the Line – Understanding“]. I knew I had gone too far, and knew it when I was saying it, but I couldn’t stop. I wasted my breath because tuna was on the menu again today.
Another example kind of goes like this; I saw someone throwing a plastic milk carton into the landfill bin at work. I couldn’t stop myself. I had to say something. I just got a blank stare like I had just landed from Planet Koosbane as he watched me fish the carton out of the bin and put it in the recycle bin right next to it! 100 years or more in landfill anyone?
|Exactly how I feel some days. Is this thing on?|
A final example makes me walk away instead of the other way around, mainly because I would have just lost it instead. The classic school run. You know the one. A school is only 300 metres (984 ft) away, and within a safe walking distance. But noooo. The school must be driven too. Why?!? It really shits me. I see it all the time.
Didn’t the IPCC just hand down the fifth paper telling us to start to cut emissions or face a disastrous future? Didn’t they just tell us that it is 99% certain that we human are causing climate change by burning fossil fuels? I am pretty sure they did, or was I imagining the whole thing?
And that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. I could go on and on with real life examples. However, I know there is hope. Just look at the recently launch and crowd funding of the Climate Council. I am very proud to say that I threw twenty dollars to this worthy and valuable organisation.
Anyway, time to get off my high horse (sorry), and get back to trying to be sane in an insane world.
So I ask you this one question. How do you cope, or am I just certifiable, need a straight jacket, and all alone in my thoughts? Scream below in a comment if you find it helps.