Bait & Switch

Crossing Negativity Event Horizons

Some days are better than others. Now, ain’t that the truth ?

One of the draining things about the environmental movement over the decades has been the pervasive negativity. It’s almost like it’s deliberate, that somebody somewhere has said to themselves, “let’s try and make the Greens as ineffective as possible by keeping them depressed and obsessed about negatives.”

Well, I stand against that ideology ! Like it says in the Good Book, “Brothers and Sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

It’s true that to be true you have to look at the bad stuff. You have to dig into unpleasant histories and unsavoury practices. Corporate polluters have to be exposed. Lies have to be unravelled. Economic ideologies have to be challenged. Energy myths have to be debunked.

But, at the end of the dark tunnel, you need a little lightening up.

Take up your attitude of gratitude – we have concentrated solar power plants. Holy goodness be thanked – we have wind turbines and hydropower (on a suitable scale) and the prospect of oceans of truly natural biogas, and efficiency savings, and low carbon housing and cross-modal transport options and photovoltaics printed on bioplastic and natural ventilation, and woodburning stoves, and, and, the list is genuinely endless…

All these solutions !

Negativity erodes your soul, like flying too close to a black hole. Stay opposed to something for too long and you get pulled over the event horizon into a very dark, pressured place. Hatred ruins the hater.

Let’s hear it for the things we want : cleaner, greener, keener.

What’s the positive direction ?

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