Climate summit? Bollocks!

Bollocks“: exaggerated truth or blatant lies; unfathomable rubbish (from the Urban Dictionary)

Travis, the young narrator of Not Even Light, begins his tale with a look back.

It puzzles me whenever I run across someone who doesn’t know anything about the Long Last Days, but it probably shouldn’t. Stories from the times that saw the superbug pandemics, the New Coast Wars and the great high ground migrations, the cobot defection, planet-wide famines, the collapse of the World Mind, and the arrival of the Flies—all of which and more kicked the legs out from under what was called civilization and knocked us all the way back to donkey cart and barter days—those stories have mostly faded away in a mass forgetting. Time is the tongue that never stops licking away at those old wounds, and a lot of time has passed since then.

Even so, the Long Last Days gave rise to my life and yours just as sure as thunder follows lightning, and it’s in the shadow of our falling down, wearing out, and scattering across the still habitable parts of the planet that my brief and unfinished story begins. It’s brief because I’m just a few years beyond being a kiddie, and I haven’t lived long enough to have a whole lot to say. It’s unfinished because I’m still alive in spite of all that’s happened to me these past months. When and how it’ll end—well, who can possibly say more than it sure as hell will someday. But not just yet if I can help it.

Travis resolves to keep himself alive in the world he’s inherited, a world that’s being created today. But wait, you say. What about the pact just achieved at the recent COP26 climate summit. It can’t be too late to save the planet.

If you believe that, then think on this from an NPR news article which appeared yesterday:

 Days after President Joe Biden told world leaders that his administration is committed to slowing climate change with “action, and not words,” his Interior Department oversaw one of the largest oil and gas lease sales in American history.

Eighty million acres of the Gulf of Mexico — an area twice the size of Florida — was put on the auction block on Wednesday. Energy companies, led by Exxon Mobil Corp., only placed bids on a total of 1.7 million acres, and it’s unclear how much of that will later be developed.

There’s no end to the appalling short-sightedness, shameless hypocrisy, and willful destructiveness of our wretched leaders working in tandem with the world’s selfish moneybags to crap up the planet.

I’d comment further, but Greta Thunberg has already said it all, simply and honestly, before the summit convened.

Build back better, blah, blah, blah. Green economy, blah, blah, blah. Net zero, blah, blah, blah. Climate neutral, blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called leaders — words, words that sound great but so far, has led to no action or hopes and dreams. Empty words and promises.

Good luck to Travis. And good luck to us.

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