We are being subjected to a continuous tale of woe.
When I was a young schoolboy, spending my lunch hours exploring London’s Whitechapel area, I was always amused by the sandwich-board men. Wearing large boards that exclaimed – The End of the World is Nigh – they would walk up and down all day. I never found out who was paying them, they all looked well fed.
Today, we see a return of the sandwich-board man, but in a modern guise. We see an endless queue of “experts” lining up to tell us that Climate Change will be the end of us all. Every time I glance at the television, I am confronted by yet another expert on Climate Change or its ugly sister, Global Warming.
A few minutes thought should show us that Climate Change is, at best, a foolish misunderstanding of the world we live in, and, at worst, a deliberate attempt to frighten us. A modern bogeyman, an imaginary evil spirit that was used to frighten children, is now used to frighten us all. And the price the bogeyman demands is giving up our way of life, sacrificing all that makes our world a comfortable place to live and work.
The climate may well be changing; it always has since time immemorial. There has been no shortage of floods, from Noah’s downpour to England’s Great Flood of 1968. Then, a trough of low pressure brought extraordinarily heavy rain and thunderstorms to Southeast England causing the worst flooding in the last 100 years.
Like the sandwich-board men, we do not know who is behind the climate change “experts”, who is paying them to feed us lies, half-truths and distortions of the facts. There are many with an interest in changing the “climate”. Many governments, institutions and people have an interest in perpetuating a Climate of Fear. We should take a closer look at electric car manufacturers, owners of local holiday homes who do not want us to travel abroad and others with a financial stake, or those simply seeking publicity.
Fifty years ago, people were not so quick to fall for scaremongering and baseless tales of impending disaster. Even warnings that the moon was falling were not taken seriously and, indeed, the moon is still there.
There are many things to fear in today’s troubled world. I offer this blog as a solution for those suffering from abibliophobia, the fear of running out of things to read.