Dame Emma Thompson has told us why it is that she flew into London from Los Angeles to take part in a demonstration against climate change caused by people flying around and making CO2 emissions. “If I could fly cleanly then I would”.
Well, yes Honey. That’s our entire problem with climate change in the first place. We value the things we do – all these things that make up civilisation – as we also value the idea of an environment that we can continue to live in. These two are in conflict. Therefore we’re not going to have no climate change for to do so means no civilisation.
Actress Dame Emma Thompson has been defending her decision to fly from the US to attend a climate change protest in central London. Speaking to reporters from the Extinction Rebellion campaign group’s pink boat, she said did not fly as much as she used to – and planted a lot of trees. Ms Thompson also compared the protest to the campaign of disruption by the Suffragettes.
Or, speaking her own lines here she is:
All of the same is true of everything else we humans do. Eating beef means methane emissions. Many of us like eating beef and thus there will be methane emissions. Many – given the number who buy such, many many – like cheap clothing. That does indeed mean emissions along the production pathway. So, there will be emissions because people like cheap clothing.
Of course, there is the other defence available:
Dame Emma Thompson – a comrade of proven worth. The rulz is different, see? And don’t you forget it, peasant.
Difficult one to maintain no doubt but it’s tried often enough.