1970 was European Conservation Year. I was ten and in primary school, which I hated. That was also the year I started learning how to skive off school without getting caught.
My first success was when I noticed that on Wednesday afternoons, when we went to a local racecourse with a big grass area to do games, they would check we were all present on arrival, but when it came time to go home there was no check, we just left. I could sneak behind a pavillion and then, keeping the building between me and the teachers, I could reach the road and disappear. This gave me a couple of hours before it was time to get the usual bus home.
It was hard to get any of my fellow inmates to accompany me on these afternoons; back then, ten-year-olds didn’t really play truant much. There were plenty of things to do in town though, and when it was raining there was the library and the museums. At first I was challenged by adults to know why I was not in school, but soon figured that walking close behind an adult was all I needed to do to escape suspicion.
It was on a rainy afternoon in the library that I came across a small display about European Conservation Year, and a leaflet which said that if things continue as they are now, by 2000 we would need another six cities the size of Birmingham to accommodate the extra people. I knew Birmingham as a big, grimy, stinky urban sprawl, so my imagination did not need to work hard to be horrified by this prospect.
The leaflet also went into things like pollution and… well, back then it was just pollution really, the sophistry came later. It must have been part of a much bigger propaganda campaign (though I did not notice) because not long after that I found more. Our neighbour used to pass on her copies of the Daily Telegraph Magazine to us, and back in those days there was no internet, so anything at all was food for a hungry mind, however poor quality the content.
I found a truly horrific photo of massive foambergs in the River Trent, and below it were photos of hundreds of dead fish, and of sewer and factory outfalls going directly into the river. I started to imagine being a fish in such a place.
I decided right there to dedicate my life to helping to solve this problem. I would study biology and get qualified, I would go higher and higher in the hierarchy until I was influential enough to make a difference. I already knew that biology and chemistry were subjects that were covered in the secondary school I would soon be going to, so all I needed to do was to work hard and get the tools I needed.
Secondary school came around soon enough and I tried really hard to knuckle down and do as I was told. In that first year I got a sadistic twat of a biology teacher who liked to press people’s necks hard into the desk from behind if they didn’t do what he liked, and one day he (unjustly) decided that I had done something bad. I can’t even remember what. Whatever… non-compliance with tyrants (however petty) trumps learning, which I could see there was not going to be much of from this nutcase anyway. My relationship with the biology teacher deteriorated from there.
Some time later the physics teacher was telling us about atoms. This was really exciting for me; I was getting closer and closer to finding out what everything is made of! He was talking about protons and neutrons in the nucleus, and how the electrons orbit around them. He answered a few students’ questions, then came to me and I asked what the electrons are made of. I can’t even remember his response, except that it was totally unacceptable. The truth is, of course, that he did not know (quarks is just another way of saying we don’t know), but he would not admit that. [Now they say it’s all just frequencies, but frequencies of what? Electromagnetism? Then what are electrons? Oh, we’ve been here already! Modern science = ignotum per ignotius]
I persisted, because I was really curious and wanted to know more. Why do the electrons orbit the nucleus, what do you mean by an electrical charge? But I understand now that his job was not edification, nor education, but to train us to perform tricks for our future bosses. When he realized that I was not going to give up he turned nasty. I ended up being thrown out of the class a few weeks later for being disruptive, which I absolutely was. I left the ranks of the good kids and joined the bad kids, cos they were much more interesting and fun.
By the third year I discovered that the secondary school had a lot more gaps in its bars than the primary school had. We were all registered in our classrooms at 9 a.m. and then went off to our various different classes. If at the beginning of a term I did not go to most classes, teachers would hardly ever notice because they made their mental lists of students in that first lesson of the term. I am sure that’s changed, and it saddens me to think of how much more stultifying school is now.
Obviously they would find out eventually, but that was rare and in the meantime it was possible to skip school entirely most days, after registering in the morning. All I needed to do was be back in time to get the bus home (about 10 miles), or sometimes I would just spend the day walking all the way back. I got caught a few times, but perfected my methods well enough to miss the vast majority of the last two years of school.
I didn’t waste this time I had reclaimed, I spent about half just doing interesting things with whomever I could convince to accompany me, and the other half on my own in the library and museums. This is where and how I learned most of what I know. My interest in overpopulation and pollution was fed by the increasing amount of materials available about these subjects.
I came to understand that these were the most pressing issues of the day, and the obsession of most people with trivia was very frustrating. All I could do was continue to learn what I could, and try to get others to understand the danger we were in.
After many years of banging my head against a brick wall, I started to see some progress. People (just a few) started to say that I had been right and started to get the idea, at least superficially. I saw the rise of the Ecology party in the UK, and then saw it change its name to the Green party and promptly disappear up its own ass. I saw greenpeace doing their fundraising theatre, and then being joined by other groups, with a similar agenda.
But then in 1992 I heard that the UN was having a big public consultation culminating in Rio De Janiero where all the local meetings’ conclusions would be gathered together so that our rulers could take our opinions into account while deciding what to do. I’d not heard of the Delphi Technique at that stage, so I attended our local meeting.
I went to a few workshops and was feeling quite despondent, actually starting to doze off when a girl put up her hand to ask the coordinator a question. “What about direct action?” she said. The coordinator dismissed her professionally and moved on. I waited till after the meeting and asked the girl what she meant about direct action. She said she was part of a group that, instead of asking our rulers to do something, did something themselves.
That was it, I went all in and for the next few years I helped to build up the movement. Instead of asking the people who were logging old growth forests in Clayoquot Sound in Canada to stop, which the local people had been doing without success for many years, we found the docks in London where the paper they made from the ancient forests came in, and we shut them down–albeit just for a day, there weren’t many of us. Then we shut down the factory where it was made into bog rolls (Macmillan Blodell in Liverpool), and picketed supermarkets where it was sold as Andrex.
We got big coverage in the mainstream media, obviously mostly negative, but no publicity is bad publicity. This in turn encouraged the local people in Canada to redouble their efforts and physically obstruct the logging. One action gave us the full front page of all the Scottish newspapers, and a couple of features inside. The exposure drew much interest from people wanting to take similar actions, and groups sprung up all over the country, and indeed all over Europe.
We networked by post, and as the internet became available, we also used that. We produced newsletters, books and magazines, publishing them ourselves and distributing them over our own networks.
“Social issues” are part of everyone’s world, and we set up a series of squat cafes where we gave out free tea and snacks, making town center places where locals could meet up without having to pay outsiders large amounts of money just to sit and take a break. The owners were usually some company registered in the Bahamas or some such place, so it took them a while to get us evicted and usually we would have a few months. More sometimes… they often didn’t even know the place was squatted until we had been there a while.
These buildings became our offices, as well as a place to hang out, and gradually we learned more about catering. Eventually we set up a mobile kitchen, which could cater for gatherings and festivals up to 400 people. We were able to support some of the larger actions too. We did the catering for a party of about 300 indian farmers who came to Europe to tell everyone that our big chemical corporations via their media lackeys were lying to us about genetically modified organisms being a “savior” for the third world.
This was the first time I realized that we were operating very differently to everyone else I had ever known. We got up in the morning and decided what to do. There was no boss, no manager, not even a “delegated” coordinator… nothing. We just did what needed to be done. This was a revelation—proof that there are other ways to organize than the usual mind-numbingly boring dichotomy of capitalism vs. socialism.
It cost about £3 per day per person for all meals, and unlimited teas and coffees. There were no cock-ups and no complaints over the 5 days we did it. The 6 of us never had one dispute about anything work-related.
The whole thing culminated in the actions against new roadbuilding in the late 1990s. We managed to derail the entire program, both by direct actions costing the government vast sums of money so that they used up their budgets on fewer roads, and by waking up huge numbers of people to the destruction that was going on.
All good things must come to an end though, and our little movement was no exception. As we became successful and well-known, and popular despite the negative press, lots of other people with other agendas were attracted to our success (not to our ideas). We were inundated mostly by socialists. They changed our priorities and made their own priorities top of the list. I started to see flyers with “and the environment” tacked on to the end of a load of social issues, many dubious to say the least. And we started to get get slightly better media coverage too!
The socialists brought all the boring stuff–the reason they were not popular in the first place–with them. Things like bossy people started appearing, and then “direct action courses”. Meetings became more structured and organized. They basically destroyed everything, and as you can see now there is virtually no direct action in the “environmental” movement, we’re back to the old military model of “Marches” and “Campaigns”. Now we’re back to “protests” which just means complaining to our rulers and demanding that they “do something”.
Personal empowerment is no longer important. Antifa are now just a bunch of thugs running around burning buildings, along with the cleverly named Black Lives Matter, and acting as judges, attacking people as “fascists” just for failing to agree with their fucked-up views, while “extinction rebellion” manipulates well-meaning and concerned people to set up an alternative government, because the socialists/globalists (tyrants, really) are losing control of the existing one. No-one should have control, no-one.
Perhaps the worst thing of all is that out of all the problems that we have, the “protestors” are fully under control and are highlighting only things that can increase the rulers’ control over us. “Climate Change” means they can monitor everything we do, regulate every aspect of our lives. They can make us believe they can take away our rights, and impose their will on us. Not only that, but we will beg them to do so.
For if you [the rulers] suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves [and outlaws] and then punish them.-Sir Thomas More, Utopia, Book 1
A little thought is all that’s needed to overcome this illusion they are weaving. Who was it that built a massive propaganda machine to turn us into a horde of all-consuming zombies? Who owns the media corporations that bombarded us with programming to make us desire more and more stuff all the time? Who runs the big movie and TV companies that got inside our heads and sneaked mind poison in there? Who runs the “educational” systems that stole the common sense that children went in with and churned out maladjusted adults who need constant drugging and counselling? Who runs the big tech companies who decide what information the vast majority of us will believe and what we will not see?
These are the very same people that the “climate change” monkeys are begging to give us more regulations, more restrictions and to increase their control over us! The same media people who lied to us about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or Massacres in Libya, or countless other lies that led directly to war and the deaths of millions of innocents are now fully behind the climate change agenda.
Imagine a different scenario. One where the socialists and communists had not managed to take over, where the principles of freedom had won. Imagine instead of coercion there was real education going on, so that the vast majority of people would start to see what an amazing place this is and how a reduction in comsumption could be a real improvement in our lives.
Most people don’t want to destroy the world. They are just ignorant, and that ignorance is not a natural state. It’s a state that has been inculcated and gradually perfected by the rulers over millennia, and which has to be maintained at great expense. It has to be constantly reinforced by controlling all the media, all the storytelling (books, tv, movies), all the food, and all the music – ALL the time. Because left to our own devices we tend naturally to cooperate and act in our own best interests, and to ignore crazy people like those who want to rule us. This is why our rulers spend so much effort consolidating power into fewer and fewer corporations which grow bigger and bigger all the time.
From our rulers’ point of view there are too many of us, and maybe there are. But would any sensible person leave solutions to problems up to those who caused them? We have solutions, like permaculture and organic gardening, which our rulers suppress by giving large grants from our forced taxes to farmers who practice monoculture and poison spraying, and give no grants at all to intelligent farmers who don’t farm that way. This, in effect, makes it close to impossible for food producers to maintain a family without destroying the environment our rulers claim to care about so much. Good food has a much higher price because money is taken from us by force to subsidize the bad food. We pay for the bad food regardless of whether we eat it or not. It appears cheap because we have been forced to pay for it already.
We have a healthcare system that costs trillions of dollars a year worldwide. Its a highly polluting system, using huge amounts of resources. We’re forced to pay for it whether we want it or not, and alternatives such as good nutrition and natural medicines are suppressed by making us pay for the bad healthcare regardless of whether we want it or not. Then the alternatives, already at a disadvantage due to not being “free” are forbidden to advertise and even outright banned in many cases. Are these the actions of people who care about the environment? Or about us?
What people say is of little importance really. Look at what they do. Our rulers are pushing the climate change agenda really hard. Why would they do that? Because they care about the environment? If they did, they would not be using our tax money to force us to prop up bad environmental practices, but they do, so they are lying to us.
I think that the reason that, out of all the environmental problems we face, the rulers chose to focus on climate change is that they can use that to blame us for all the problems, make us feel guilty and then they can provide their solution, which entails them increasing their control over us, which is all they ultimately really care about.
No-one is going to “save us”, it’s up to us, ourselves, to figure out what is wrong and what to do about it. Our rulers are sick in the head and the first thing we need to do, before anything at all can be done about the problems, is to get rid of them. Not to replace them with another bunch of sick fucks, but to do away with rulers altogether. But that means facing up to the truth that we are in mortal danger and we are on our own. Can we overcome cowardice and fear, or are we doomed to whatever fate it is that our rulers will drive us into?
Ideas like permaculture give me confidence that we can turn things around. The ideas are strong, and in line with how the world actually works. Without the rulers’ interference, the ideas would catch on quickly and spread because they use common sense and could be a hugely successful way of life.
Without grants for bad farming, land would be really cheap both to buy and to rent. Most of the current landowners would quickly go bankrupt, and there would be a lot of land for sale, so the price woud drop drastically. Living a fully self-sufficient life would become a viable option for anyone who wants to. Those wishing to set up a business would not need to borrow money from bankers, and could charge significantly less for their produce. The bad farmers would cease to produce anything anyway, so there would be no fixed fight going on. Organic gardens and permaculture would quickly cover the land and people would be going on courses and learning from each other about things that fit the real world, instead of fighting it.
Once industrial agriculture dies, all the wild areas would start to repopulate because they would no longer be poisoned. As fertilizer and pesticide runoff stopped, the coastal seas would see abundant marine life return, and consequently seabirds. The woods would be teeming with wildlife. Vast areas of poisoned land all over the world would start healing as the fertilizer industry stopped strip-mining them, and the devastated rivers would start to have fish again. Chemical factories would shut down and stop poisoning everything. Power would be small scale and locally generated. Fossil fuel use would all but disappear. Traffic would also disappear as people realized that it was better to spend time and effort to make the place you’re in a good place to be than to constantly keep travelling to other places, making everywhere in between into a nightmare landscape almost devoid of life.
Ideas like climate change (as currently presented) are used to promote fear so that solutions involving tyranny can seem like the only way out. Ideas like permaculture are solutions in themselves, and involve love instead of fear. Such solutions can appeal to the vast majority of people, who just want to live and be happy. For the rulers though, living a simple life would be a fate worse than death. They live to rule us. This is why they promote climate change instead of deforestation and all the other bad stuff that is equally important. They have their own solution, and it is not one that is designed for us. Why would you expect someone you don’t know to act in your best interests? That’s insane, especially when a small amount of research will show that they have supported and funded mass murder and tyranny all over the world.
Climate change is a symptom. Regulations are a treatment of that symptom.
Pollution is a cause. Permaculture (for example) is a cure.