Big Issue readers react to articles on COP28, King Charles, cashless vendors and, of course, Christmas.
So here we are, COP28, the 28th time for the world to come together to save planet Earth. They are still saying they will limit the rise in temperature to 1.5°C, it has reached 1.4°C already. I saw a Tory minister on TV saying: “All this climate nonsense started with Greta Thunberg.” What utter rubbish, do these people know nothing? We have been warned for decades. The first I remember was Jacques Cousteau in 1957 warning about coral reef bleaching because of rising water temperatures.
Back in the 1960s, I joined a number of others in a call to save mankind and our planet Earth. In A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (1963), Bob Dylan sang about the sound of a wave that could drown the whole world and pellets of poison flooding our waters. Others like Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Mike Pinder of The Moody Blues were calling on governments to bring in legislation to combat climate change.
Here we are 60 years later and they have done very little in this regard. Now Mother Earth is fighting back trying to rid herself of the parasite that is killing her – mankind.
Tony Bourner, Axminster
Paul McNamee, in his piece about education [Issue 1592, 27 November], states, “the aspiration should be to make state schools every bit as good as private”. Private schools are socially divisive institutions which sell education as a commodity, and produce arrogant, entitled individuals, like Boris Johnson, who are groomed from birth to believe they are ‘natural leaders’. These schools are a throwback to an era of rigid, repressive classism and have no place in a progressive, pluralistic, inclusive society. Does Paul really want state schools to be like them? I hope not.