If you have been watching the magnificent ‘Frozen Planet’ you cannot fail to have been disturbed by the wonderful filming of melting glaciers and the terrifying power of the melt water.
As David Attenborough so eloquently explained, this melted ice has serious repercussions for the rest of the earth, not just the polar ice caps. Sceptics will tell you that this is just a natural phenomenon, that it’s all happened before but they do not consider the speed at which the change is taking place. This can only be the result of our carbon intensive society since the industrial revolution.
Our so-called ‘green government’ is doing its level best to scupper any attempts to go forward with policies that will try to limit our carbon emissions or to prepare us for the changed world our children will inhabit. George Osborne has failed to take responsibility for making our industries less polluting, citing loss of jobs and businesses instead of encouraging energy and money saving processes and job creation in new, clean, renewable industries. Chris Huhne, our climate and energy secretary, continues bravely with his plans for emission reduction and energy saving but to no avail.
It is extremely depressing to realise that it is the financial services that are the true rulers of the world. Even though the world’s banks are running out of cash they still managed to invest twice as much in coal-fired electricity last year than they did in 2005.