“Global warming eh? Why’s it so cold then? Hur hur…”
It had to happen. Sooner or later some bright spark was going to ask the question:
“If there’s so-called global warming, why is it so cold?”
I saw it on Facebook first, which is perhaps inevitable given there’s 500 million people there (apparently even Sarah Palin is on there), and the very next day, skidding my way into the Coop on Dereham Road, I saw it on the front page of the Daily Express: “Global Warming: If Only”.
The subtext is clear – if global warming doesn’t match my experience of an unusually chilly November in England, it must not exist. Even worse, it must be some kind of pinko conspiracy, dreamed up to fleece hard-pressed middle-Englanders of their hard earned money; the “squeezed middle” the media is so fond of.
Frankly people should know better. Climate is not the same as weather.
Luckily the fabulous Marcus Brigstocke came to my rescue with a rant on that very subject, courtesy of BBC Radio 4 Friday Night Comedy “The Now Show”. I fell about laughing. So, if you happen to hear someone make a banal comment to you linking the early snow to global warming and you feel your blood boiling, Marcus will provide you with all the answers and rebuttals you need! (You’ll have to be quick and listen to it before the weekend though.)
Laughter is a form of resistance and a form of resilience.
Listen to this and the laughter will sustain you through these literal and metaphorical dark days, I promise!
Pic from www.bbc.co.uk (Marcus Brigstocke in the middle with the offending piece from the Daily Express)
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