The time is now

I rarely write blogs about anything other than the obvious, but today is different.

Yesterday I, like millions of others, sat and listened to our Parliament and I am ashamed of what is happening.

Whatever your political point of view, and I am not a political person, the behaviour in the House of Commons was appalling by anyone standards.

It has been certainly a remarkable time, and it will be for those who come next to judge.

A few days before this I also listened to Greta Thunberg at the World Climate Summit, as she said “How dare you,” to the world leaders present. As indeed she should, we should all be saying the same thing.

We have egotistical politicians with no sense of empathy for anything or anybody, when our beautiful planet is falling about us, they and sadly so many people, think that the “I’m all right Jack,” attitude is ok.

Well it isn’t.

None of us are alright.

The changes that scientist have been telling us for years are happening everywhere in the world, we are witnessing the most damaging circumstances the world has ever seen, and it’s happening now, today.

Many islands across the world have already disappeared due to rising tides, forests are disappearing at an alarming rate, any part of Nature you look at is suffering.

According to a UN panel of scientists, waters are rising, the ice is melting, and species are moving habitat due to human activities.

This is not just affecting remote places on the other side of the world this will and is affecting us all, unfortunately far too many people don’t respond to things unless it actually hits them personally, in other words the “I’m all right Jack.” attitude.

People will still fly all over the world to go on holiday, people will still buy petrol guzzling cars, will install wood burning stoves, will still believe they have the right.

We don’t have a right to continue to damage this planet, we are all to blame, myself included.

I come from a generation of plenty, we have had more or less everything we wanted, we have had more food than we know what to do with, we have had clean running water, the majority of us have a roof over our heads, we have had free medical care, if we want something we just go out and get it.

The next generation wont be so fortunate.

When I think about my grandchildren, as we all do, every minute of every day, I am fearful of what we are leaving for them.

I have never known a time like this, the behaviour of the leaders of our country should be bringing our country together, the result of the referendum in its very nature has been divisive, our country is split, there was never going to be an easy way to resolve the result. At a time in our history when everyone should have been working together for the common good, the opposite has happened.

They can stand there and hurl abuse at each  other, but the tide is still rising, the forests are still burning and our grandchildren have an uncertain future.

The way family breakdown has increased over the years just shows how we are all divided, Dad and Mums, In-laws, Siblings, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, cutting each other out of their lives, removing the stability of the foundations of family, denying children the right to a loving and caring family life.

We are at a point of no return if we don’t all start looking out for one another, of healing those damaging rifts be that at government level or in our own personal lives.

We all have a responsibility to start giving back, to stop taking.

Time to join the children of this world in shouting for change, all generations united as one.

To the leaders of the world as Greta said,

How dare you.

About Jane

Jane setup Bristol Grandparent Support Group in 2007 after a string of incidents led to the loss of contact with her Grand Daughter.

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