Yes! Here’s 5 reasons explaining why…
1) Global warming? Then where’s all this snow coming from?!
Did you know, most climate scientists have stopped calling it “Global Warming” in favour of “Climate Change”. This is because each region of the planet will be affected differently.
For example, Aberdeen is as far away from the equator as Moscow, yet we don’t have temperatures any near as chilly as -60*c in the winter! This is because the ocean currents are regulated by the melting of the polar ice caps. They bring warm waters from the west coast of Africa back up North, and thus provide Britain with a “temperate climate”. 2014 saw the warmest March, April, May, June, August, September and Halloween EVER on record.
As the ice recedes at it’s current rapid rates, it is increasing the ocean currents and pushing more warm water towards us. BUT, if the ice caps disappear, that means there will be very little of this water coming our way, it’s quite likely that Britain will be extremely cold in the future!
2) Spiraling Food prices?
We have all felt the pinch since the recession started in 2008, and a record number of food banks have sprung up around the country to deal with the ever increasing number of hungry – many of whom work yet still receive poverty pay.
Yet a changing climate means food crops will be less likely to grow under unstable weather patterns. Imagine if 10% of the planet’s arable land used for growing were to disappear.
Businesses who sell food to their customers will find themselves 10% down on the produce they are able to sell. Are they going to accept a 10% loss in profit? Nope. That 10% will be passed on to you, the consumer.
3) Natural disasters? Surely not round here!
January 2014 saw huge flooding across the South West. In fact, it led to the largest ever pay out needed to be made by insurance companies in the UK! So did they pay out? Of course not!
They took one glance at the costs, and decided they weren’t going to cover the victims’ for the full rates they had been paying for years. The insurance companies can thus use “natural disaster” risk as an opportunity to increase premiums for your property, with the likelihoods that if they’re actually needed they’ll just take your cash and run. One local council was even caught charging it’s constituents £25 per single sandbag for home defenses! Talk about value for money!
In 2003 the United Kingdom and United States of America, plus a few allies, fabricated evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and were about to use them.
Under the guise of humanitarian intervention, the invasion occurred, Iraq was destroyed, hundreds of thousands of people died, millions were displaced, and no WMDs were ever found. The botched invasion cost trillions of pounds to wage, which took money directly out of our public services.
Then came the security threats, with violent attacks taking place in Britain as a retaliation. Unfortunately, if your economy is dependent on the purchase and sale of fossil fuels, as well as it being central to production of consumer goods and motoring around, there comes a point where conflict becomes inevitable.
5) Scarcity and rising costs
The cost of fossil fuels have been steadily rising since the 1970’s, reflecting the scarcity of them as a commodity. Ever heard of peak oil? That is the term given when total production begins to decline. This too, forces up the costs (think about what you read in the food section!).
With developing countries like China, India and Brazil hungry to mimic western consumer patterns and using ever more fossil fuels, the price squeeze is intensifying.
Which would you rather? Pay more and more every month for the same amount of gas and electricity, or get it for free from a diverse range of renewable sources?