WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE’S A POWER CUT GRETA?

Reliance on electricity always being available to charge your car is as bad as relying on any technology that requires power whether created by wind,waves, coal, or nuclear.

Imagine right now there’s a power cut..

all the power is gone…

no lights , no electric, no charging devices, no tvs , no kettles, no ekextric heaters, no chargers for your electric cars…No public transport to go to your ‘just stop oil’ protests, no street lighting, no internet to broadcast your latest demonstration against fossil fuels,

right now I’m sitting on a dark hotel room in John o groats in the far North of Scotland. All the power is out save a little phone battery to write this, but no internet to post it!

Earlier it was quite nice weathering the storm inside,,but as it gets dark outside I realise that there will be no food tonight and the entire hotel will be in darkness… and it’s getting very cold too!

Not very resilient is it? Fortunately I’ve got a warm sleeping bag to dive into!

To develop resilience we need múltiples sources of energy as we have to on our offshore voyages onboard Ariana. You cannot have everything relying on a central connection to one power source…

The governments et al would have you believe that using cail and wood fires is bad, and instead we should all rely on clean, environmentally friendly energy delivered to us through the national grid network, but as has happened just now when the grid develops a fault, you’re cut off! It doesn’t matter that it was generated by wind!

Unfortunately we all need to develop individual resilience, or small group resilience… Unfortunately the word ‘community’ doesn’t mean anything these days as most people barely know their own neighbour! Especially in a city…

Oh if you’ve got one of Elon’s fancy electric car that needs charged here that’s down too! Sorry.

You could choose to wait out the storm here at the hotel and have a drink, but they can’t selll you a drink, because the till won’t function, or even open!

And to the Greta Thunbergs of the world, Extinction Rebellion, Just Stop Oil, and any number of ‘protesters’ who are good at waving placards, and demanding that ‘we’, that’s you and me, and companies, and governments, change their ways…

they need to look closer to home, to deconstruct their own lives, as I have done, and rebuild them by looking at their clothing, who made it, the production processes, the wider supply chain, the distribution, etc etc, next their house, what’s in it, how it was made, by who, where, using what materials, how much energy it uses, their mobile phones, their social media use, (which uses huge amount of energy by the way)…

Hopefuly If you are an ‘environmental activist’ you’re already at the very least vegan, and can trace all the food you buy, and how much ‘energy’ has gone into producing it… and better still, have walked to the local farm to do your fruit and vegetable shopping…not buying premade food provenance unknown, and sitting down with your soy latte on facebook, complaining people need to JUST STOP OIL!

Telling people what to do just infuriates people, and makes them hate you… trust me, I know!

Until you understand ‘the whole’ from every angle, and can offer real solutions, not placards, that use paper, and ink etc … probably stop ‘protesting’ and do something meaningful with your life, like go on a long distance walk and camp… although in nature, the animals aren’t interested in your slogans, and protesting, they probably just think you look rather silly!

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