COP26 has been a dismal failure demonstrating all the bad divisions in the world and the stupidity and shortsightedness of the majority of governments. Continue reading COP26 can now be considered to have been a dismal failure
COP26 and government policies aren’t necessarily going to stop environmental degradation instead focus should equally be falling on individual responsibilities and the activities of businesses. The activities of these aren’t necessarily going to be directly influenced by either the decisions of COP26 or government policies resulting from this conference.
Socialist economics are green not red which is an important point to make in the week when COP26 is taking place. Socialist economic theory can have a valid position in any economy striving to take care of both it’s citizens, it’s global citizens and the local and global environments. This is unlikely to be the case when referring to a free market economy based on inequality, exploitation and free for all of capitalist systems of economic theory. This point should not be overlooked by COP26.
The stench of British privatisation is becoming evident in the run up to COP26. Government ministers are running for cover and attempting to hide under stones after a Government motion was defeated which would have forced the private water companies to clean up their act. However what happened was actually very embarrassing for the government because the bill was defeated which actually looked liked a huge endorsement for the behaviour of the private water companies and a signal that it was OK to keep discharging untreated sewage in the rivers of Britain and into the seas around the UK. This is a huge embarrassment to the government in the run up to COP26. Again it is a stench resulting from the privatisations of the water companies pioneered by previous Conservative governments.
It appears that ministers voted on the matter in the way that they did mainly because of huge investments in the infrastructure that would be needed to update the antiquated system currently in place. Cost in this case was prohibitive to improving and maintaining the environment so the choice preferred was to continue to pollute and degrade the environment.
So why haven’t these private companies been investing in making these improvements themselves and why are they still reliant on funding from the government and the tax payers? What has gone wrong with privatisation? Surely the idea of privatisation was to become independent of the tax payer and yet these companies still manage to bother the tax payers to subsidise their profiteering enterprises.
Boris Johnson’s environmental credibility was exposed as fraudulent yesterday by the derogatory comments he published in the Sun newspaper.
Sadly I cannot understand why his terms of reference were not picked up and discussed more fully in the general media. In Johnson’s belief ithe announcement was made to give more weight to his credibility as an environmental campaigner but in reality it simply exposed him as a fraud who believes that those with environmental concerns belong to a class of hippies who basically walk around in sandals and who are all obviously vegetarian in Johnson’s eyes. To have his utter garbage pedalled by the Sun is really no surprise because Johnson knows who his mindless audience is and as such is pandering to their prejudices as well. To have these kind of beliefs and assumptions coming from our Prime Minister is unhelpful and not the kind of language that helps to unify us all behind a valid and urgent cause. It makes a mockery of and belittles the debate on the environment and polarises one side against another and it is now quite obvious in which camp Boris Johnson actually has a foot in.
Dog owners are major contributors to plastic pollution and as such are bad for the environment. Dog owners are adding to plastic pollution problems by insisting on wrapping dog feces in plastic. Also the manufacturers of the plastic dog poo bags are contributing to the problem by making claims that these bags are biodegradable, which they may be but only after about a million years under the right set of environmental conditions. These false claims are leading to a situation whereby some ignorant dog owners are taking this labelling at face value and leaving used bags lying around on the ground thinking that they will magically disappear. However even the more responsible dog owners are also being misled and are perhaps unknowing still contributing to the problems of environmental plastic pollution by putting these used dog poo bags into waste bins which will eventually end up as landfill. Landfill is only a way of hiding a problem without addressing it. Even the more responsible dog owners they are still contributors to the plastic pollution problems and are contributors to the environmental plastic pollution albeit in a more disguised and less obvious way.
ASDA take a backward step on environmental plastic pollution by reintroducing plastic packaging for their own egg brand. This replaces the previously used paper/cardboard packaging thus adding even more plastic packaging waste to the environment. This is a backwards step that is in contrast with the efforts of many of the other supermarkets who have taken steps to reduce plastic packaging on their lines. ASDA seem to be completely out of step with these trends. People should avoid purchasing products which potentially add to environmental pollution this being one of them.