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Shell to Seeing Euro Signs?

A judge today, in Ireland, likened the ‘Shell to Sea’ environmental activists to a Secret Police. According to this RTE report a circuit court judge held that they were taking the law into their own hands. Might I just remind people that Shell are as evil as, well, a company like Shell. Or maybe Oslo Slugworth (if he were real and not actually working for Mr. Wonka).

Shell contributed to the statutory murder of Ogoni people in Nigeria, including Ken Saro Wiwa in a now infamous case

Is Ireland becoming such an economical and social farce of a country that we’d rather fine a few hippies, and allude to them as some Orwellian horror, than condemn a corporation like Shell?

What the Hell are Carbon Footprints, Exactly???

These days we’re surrounded by buzzwords that were the refuge of loony lefties and new-agers just a few years back. Global warming, greenhouse effect, carbon footprint. Well, it seems that the panpipe lovers of yesteryear were onto something, and these are now processes that we all need to get our heads around. Yes, that means you.

However the popularisation of such concerns, and the mainstream use of such terminology, doesn’t necessarily make it easier for us to quantify all of this, as individuals going about our daily business. Officially, according to Davie Philip at Sustainable Ireland, our carbon footprint is “A measure of the impact you have on the planet, by the amount of carbon dioxide you emit by consuming energy”.

Ok. But what exactly does that mean for us, sitting here reading our papers? Well, it means we can now calculate how bad little-old-you are for the environment, and what humans should do, hopefully and eventually, to become ‘carbon neutral’.

But, I hear you cry, surely little-old-me can’t do as much as big-old countries like the US, China, Japan and India who are doing the vast majority of the damage? This may be true, but we’ve lived in a bit of an ignorance-bubble since the industrial revolution, when most of this nasty business began, and now we are enlightened.

This means no more head in the sand, it’s-not-my-fault philosophy. Every action has an equal but opposite reaction, and for too long we’ve been taking without giving. Natural resources, pollution, trees…we’ve been taking and taking without consequence. But guess what? There is a consequence, and we’re now learning how serious it is. Continue reading