Ok, I really should be getting ready to head out for the day, but I can't help it. I just have to comment on an article in today's news.
Protesters across the world call for action to stop climate change catastrophe
By Raphael G. Satter, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Because of the time zone differences, such a protest is happening in our city right now, and is supposed to continue for several more hours. Greenpeace is one of the organizers, so you know it'll be suitably dramatic. Not that they have a monopoly on the dramatic.
LONDON - Skiers, fire-eaters and environmental campaigners joined in demonstrations worldwide...
From costume parades in Manila to a cyclist's protest in London, ...
Hundreds of people rallied in the Philippines' capital - wearing miniature windmills atop hats, or framing their faces in cardboard cutouts of the sun. ...
Apparently, intelligence is not required.
"We are trying to send a message that we are going to have to use renewable energy sometime, because the environment, we need to really preserve it,"
I have this sudden image of this poor, hapless beauty pageant contestant, stammering about "the Iraq" and people not having maps.
...some 1,500 people marched through the streets holding banners and placards saying "No to carbon dioxide."
Really? Well, let's all just commit suicide, then - but not until after we've killed off all creatures that respirate. And find some way to prevent them from decomposing. And keeping ourselves from decomposing. Oh, and we'll have to get rid of the oceans, since they are the largest carbon sinks, releasing the most CO2 into the atmosphere.
Oops... that's not what they meant? My bad.
At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, ice sculpture artist Christian Funk carved a polar bear out of 15 tonnes of ice as a memorial to climate protection.
Say what? Have you ever seen how ice sculptures are made? They use chain saws. And blow torches. As my husband put it, it's a bit like f****ing for virginity.
Oh, and just to repeat myself, POLAR BEARS AREN'T ENDANGERED, NOR ARE THEY THREATENED BY WARMER TEMPERATURES. THE ONLY PLACES POLAR BEAR NUMBERS ARE INCREASING ARE WHERE TEMPERATURES ARE INCREASING. THE ONLY PLACEs POLAR BEAR NUMBERS ARE DECREASING ARE WHERE TEMPERATURES ARE DECREASING.
There, I feel better now. Sorry about the shouting, though.
In Helsinki, Finland, about 50 demonstrators ground their skis across the asphalt along the main shopping street, calling for decision makers to give them their snowy winters back.
K, that's just painful, but if they want to ruin expensive ski equipment, they're welcome to it. How they expect anyone to "give them their snowy winters back" is a mystery to me - unless they are willing to "credit" the current snowfall and cold records occurring around the world on human activity? Somehow, I don't think so.
Fire-eaters blew billowing clouds of flame in Greek cities where demonstrators demanded decisive action against climate change,
Uhm... see my chainsaw wielding ice sculpture comments above.
The London protest has singled out one particular target - U.S. President George W. Bush - calling his administration the biggest obstacle to progress at the Bali talks. ... "We will not just stand by and allow Bush - or anyone else - to wreck the global effort to save billions of lives from climate catastrophe."
You just knew someone would bring in the evil Bush, didn't you? I know I did. It's always the fault of G.W.Bush and the big bad US of A.
The U.S. position that technology and private investment - not mandatory emissions cuts - will save the planet has taken a beating.
Because we all know that taxes, government intervention, enforced wealth distribution and enforced behaviour is SO much more efficient and effective. Right?
In Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S. activists prepared to make "polar bear" plunges into icy cold bodies of water.
I'm sure the locals just love these guys...
I think I'll pass on today's flamboyant activities. Instead, the kids and I will be meeting with friends at the local science centre.