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IanD

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  1. Because you're the one spreading sh*t all over the forum and he's just one of many people who don't like the smell? Here's a clue -- look at the number of people liking his posts asking you to stop vs. the number liking yours saying you're going to carry on...
  2. The Johns Hopkins University says it had nothing to do with any of these posts. [just spotted, somebody beat me to it, serves me right for answering before reading all the way to the end of the thread...]
  3. Stop it now -- not everything is about Brexit ... 😉
  4. If you look at where and from whom all the slagging off of GT actually comes from, it's very easy to explain: -- rightwing "news" sources and websites with strong ties to political parties who are lobbied/financed by the fossil fuel/petrochemical/aircraft/car industries -- people (often older) who have a comfortable lifestyle which is built on energy from cheap fossil fuels and don't want to change it -- people and politicians (often older) who *hate* being told what to do by an uppity girl who is 50 years younger than they are For people who do see GT as a force for good (like David Attenborough only younger and *much* more willing to annoy the establishment) there's little point arguing with the above people, because they simply don't want to hear the unpleasant truths about climate change, pollution, plastics, fossil fuels, necessary lifestyle changes and so on -- or of course they know they're true but fixing them would trash their businesses or lifestyles, so they publicly deny them (like big tobacco did for many years). When they can't face the facts they either make up their own or shoot the messenger -- so maybe more enlightened people should be glad that GT is getting a load of flak, it shows that the dinosaurs are getting worried she might help force change on them whether they like it or not... 😉
  5. Go on then, there's your challenge -- do better than GT to raise awareness about climate change. Off you go, chop chop...
  6. So, it's very well documented that GT tries to travel everywhere by train and ship and refuses to fly even if it's quicker and cheaper, because she fundamentally objects to the high CO2 cost of flying -- a quick search will throw up any amount of evidence from reputable news sources showing this. For example, when she spoke at Davos there had been hundreds of flights and private jets used by all the high and mighty delegates to get there, and she went by train. When she visited the UK she took the train from Sweden even though it took a day instead of a couple of hours and the tickets cost more than flying. Since you're the one claiming she doesn't do what she -- and many other *reliable* news sources --- says she does, it's up to you to provide your evidence to support the assertion that she jet-sets around the planet ignoring this. Don't just quote one example ("the exception that proves the rule") where there was no choice but to fly, look at all the trips she's made in the last couple of years. Don't use sources like Fox News or the Daily Mail or right-wing propaganda sheets that have zero credibility. Over to you -- put up or shut up 😉
  7. Quite the opposite to what Naughty Cal said, GT tries to travel everywhere by train or boat where possible and only fly when there's no alternative. Thought sometimes this goes wrong, like the highly-publicised crossing of the Atlantic to the Rio climate summit on a racing yacht when the summit was cancelled when they were in mid-ocean. Still it got a lot of publicity for climate change, which was after all the whole point... You could say that some airlines should go bust; the aviation industry pays few taxes (especially on fuel and certainly not on the resulting CO2 emissions) and its prime objective is to increase traffic, which is in no way compatible with reducing CO2. If that means people won't be able to fly to Prague for a stag weekend for 50 quid, well they shouldn't be able to 😉
  8. Equally some people's children become Nobel prize laureates. Just sayin' like 😉
  9. Yes you're correct, I was quoting from memory and didn't bother looking up the quote word-for-word -- but the meaning is of course the same 😉
  10. It's a general comment, like "flogging a dead horse". Or "a closed mouth gathers no feet". Or "better stay silent and let people suspect you're a fool than open your mouth and prove it". Many other similar aphorisms are available... 😉
  11. With every post you make the real reason you disparage Greta Thunberg at every opportunity increasingly obvious... 😉
  12. Indeed he has -- but as I said, by his own admission (and regret) he focused for most of these on the wonders of the natural world (better than anyone else) and has only recently changed his focus to the damage we're doing to it. And he has said that he sees GT as a torch-bearer for this cause, which ought to be enough recommendation for most people 😉 Agreed -- though the elderly white bloke in the suit is an iconic figure who is also (like GT) undoubtedly the best in the world at what he does 🙂 The other reason GT is so effective -- which she says is at least partially due to her autism -- is her single-minded youthful focus combined with the fact that she doesn't care whether the high and mighty like what she's telling them, she's going to tell them it warts and all instead of sugar-coating it. Just remember this every time you use "autistic" or "teenager" as implied insults -- they're why she's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and you haven't... 😉
  13. Prince Charles is well-meaning but has had very little real impact outside the UK, or even inside really. Sir David has had a much bigger impact, but even he admits that he wishes he'd been more outspoken about climate change (and plastics...) and their effect on the world sooner, instead of focusing on educating people about the wonders of the natural world -- for which he is undoubtedly without compare. But it's only recently that he's really switched focus, possible helped by the fact that he now feels he can speak out without getting lambasted by programme makers and audiences for being a doom-monger -- his own words from an interview IIRC -- because GT is already throwing the facts in people's faces. The fact remains that if you look at the impact that GT has had in bringing climate change to the attention of the world and especially their leaders in the last couple of years, she has done more than any other single person to push unwilling people into facing unpleasant truths about what humans are doing to the planet. Which might just possibly be why she was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, and none of the people ignoring and/or insulting her (including those on this forum) were...
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