Do They Know It’s Climate Change?

It has come to our attention that those two well known environmental charities, Climate Aid and Save the Climate Data, have joined forces with various celebrities for a Christmas Charity Concert in support of urgent action on climate change, to be aired by the BBC apparently in the slot usually reserved for Carols From Kings. Celebrities rumoured to be taking part include Charlotte ‘climate change caused the Syrian War’ Church and Emma ‘four degrees Celsius by 2030’ Thompson. Unconfirmed reports of other celebrities involved include Leonardo (the Yacht) di Caprio, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Sting, Bono, Benedict Cumberbatch and Saint ‘I love the EU, I hate the EU’ Geldof himself.

Bob of course co-wrote the original lyrics to ‘Do They Know it’s Christmas’ with Midge Ure, but was happy to take all the credit for the song in the media at the time. For those old enough to remember, this was way back in 1984 when drought in the Sahel was just bad weather. Climate Aid intends to release a new version of this golden oldie—lyrics re-written by persons unknown—which will be sung jointly onstage by all concerned. Prince Charles is rumoured to have been invited as a Royal Guest in the audience. The venue is yet to be confirmed, but could well be the Royal Albert Hall. Cliscep will keep you updated. Meanwhile, we have an exclusive sneak preview of the ‘Do They Know’ song lyrics, updated for the age of catastrophic global warming.

It’s climate change, and there’s a need to be afraid.

With climate change, we let in warmth and we banish shade

And in our world of plenty, we don’t spread a smile of joy,

But a blanket round the world,

It’s climate change.

But say a prayer, and pray for the other ones.

With climate change, it’s hard, and they’re not having fun.

There’s a world outside your window,

And it’s a world of drought and fear,

Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears

And the heat and dust we bring there are the changing climes of doom.

Well tonight thank Gore it’s them instead of you.

And there might be snow in Africa this Christmas time

The greatest gift they’ll get this year is ice.

Where nothing ever grows,

But amazingly, it snows.

Do they know it’s climate change at all?

Here’s to Mann, Earth’s climate champion,

Here’s to Trump

Underneath a burning sun.

Does he know it’s climate change at all?

Read the words, let him know it’s climate change.

Read the words, let them know it’s climate change.

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A very Merry Christmas to all Cliscep readers and contributors.

10 thoughts on “Do They Know It’s Climate Change?

  1. The sad thing is that the funds went to the government, who used it to build concentration camps. If you want food, guys, come to the camps. There was a civil war in the country, unknown to Bob.

    Geldof was supporting a totalitarian regime and, to this day, he refuses to acknowledge it.

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  2. What other sorts of tunes will they be playing?

    My money – blowing in the wind.
    The stationary – windmills of your mind.
    Sunshine on a rainy day – is proof of climate change.
    Bicycle race – because we’ve taken away your car.

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  3. Meanwhile, to the dismay of greenhouse-gas-based charities everywhere(if only they knew), there is much to be pleased about the dramatic progress we have been making: https://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2016/12/20/our-ignorance-is-breathtaking-we-should-be-humble/

    Example (one of several): ‘Five out of ten Swedes believe things are twice as bad as they were 100 years ago. Another 4 out of 10 think no progress has been made. The sharp decrease in deaths connected to floods, earthquakes, and volcanoes is an incredible success story. Yet most of us have no idea it even happened.’

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  4. John,

    I guess it depends a lot on which particular indices of ‘progress and improvement’ you wish to choose. People were generally poorer many years ago, but there is a perception (which may or may not be true) that their lives were richer and more fulfilling.

    As far as the environment is concerned, dramatic improvements have happened in the last century, especially with regards to cleaning up highly polluted environments. But in other areas things have gone downhill badly, species decline being one example (whilst acknowledging that some species have also recovered from the brink of extinction – but not that many).

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  5. Jaime.

    Which you choose matters, but the linked-to article by Donna Laframboise in my comment above also notes, along with Hans Rosling whose work inspired her article, that the ones we are not aware of can be crucial:

    Here are a few more Rosling quotes from the Nature article:

    …Scientists want to do good, but the problem is that they don’t understand the world.

    …Campuses are full of siloed people who do advocacy about things they don’t understand.

    …To me it was horrific to realize that business leaders had a more fact-based world view than activists and university professors.

    Surrounded, as we are, by what Rosling calls ‘megamisconceptions,’ we all need to be more humble. Before we pursue dramatic changes that will diminish other people’s choices and lives, we need to remember that the world we think we’re fixing may not even exist.

    Given the penchant amongst CO2 Alarmers for GCMs, and said GCMs not being worth much beyond a few days into the future when it comes to mapping on to the real world, that last phrase of Donna’s strikes a chord with me. And remember, the ill-informed can be scientists. The mind boggles at what the luvvies and popstars have in mind when they think about ‘the world they’re fixing’.

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  6. I guess it might be a problem of scale as well. As a species, we evolved to respond to our immediate environment. Our environment has now become ‘the environment’ in the joined-up, digitally connected world in which we live. Yet most of us have no idea of the state of the ‘global environment’; all we get are factoids and snippets of information/misinformation from the news media and advocate groups, usually about specific locations within that ‘global environment’.

    Even if the global environment were a ‘thing’, in the scientific/technical/biological sense, it’s doubtful whether the human mind could actually appreciate it in any meaningful manner: and yet scientists, politicians and green advocate groups assure us that they can ‘improve the environment’, even ‘save’ it, via the application of specific remedies – which so often involve imposing taxes within and across borders and even a New World Order, oddly! A far better approach would be to abandon this globalist concept of environmentalism and focus instead on actual, local environments, where harm is obvious and where the solutions are more to hand, cheaper, targeted and far more practical.

    This is not to deny that local environmental problems do occur partly as a result of events many thousands of miles away, e.g. poaching in Africa/Asia fueled by the demand for ivory, rhino horn, ‘aphrodisiacs’ etc. in China. But this is a matter of politics, economics and social norms operating across borders to cause specific problems elsewhere, rather than a nebulous, pernicious, man-made influence spreading across the globe to cause harm to Gaia and all who dwell upon her. What we have today is truly vast amounts of money being sucked up by the globalist attempt to ‘fix’ the environment, whilst local environmental problems which could be ‘fixed’ are not, because the funding and the political incentive just isn’t there.

    Rant over.

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  7. Jaime Jessop says: 22 Dec 16 at 12:44 pm

    “A far better approach would be to abandon this globalist concept of environmentalism and focus instead on actual, local environments, where harm is obvious and where the solutions are more to hand, cheaper, targeted and far more practical.”

    I agree wholeheartedly! What humans actually know\understand of this planet\atmosphere is the best we can do; yet nonexistent! Picking up your-own trash may possibly work!
    All the best! -will-

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