Reasons to be cheerful:
1 BARACK OBAMA: Despite the fact that the current security situation means he’s sounding like previous incumbents, he is STILL the best thing to have happened to international politics for many a long year.
2 ECO-AWARENESS: When I look around at my nearest and dearest, and a little beyond into the fantastic people who constitute my PSG (personal support group), I see examples everywhere of people making an effort to live a greener life. And while it may seem insignificant, it DOES make a difference if we (and these are just a few examples) switch off lights, buy local produce, walk more, take public transport, drive less, fly less and STOP EATING MEAT (or at least have meat-free days).
Link to information about why we should stop eating meat: http://www.show.me.uk/site/news/STO873.html
3 THE PEASANTS ARE STILL REVOLTING: The big difference between the first protests I was involved in the 60s and 70s and now is that in those days, we marched and then we went down the pub and thought we had changed the world. All we did was change from sober to drunk. Protest is much better organised these days and action groups realise they will do much better if they IGNORE POLITICIANS and appeal directly to the general public.
4 TWITTER AND OTHER WAYS TO LEAK INFORMATION: It is getting more and more difficult for the bad guys (and they usually ARE guys) to withhold information about what they are doing, be they megalomaniac national leaders, industrial giants polluting rivers, fat cat bankers lining their nests or British MPs lining their moats and bell towers. Someone somewhere will leak information, including photographic evidence of wrong-doing. Whatever fun we made of twitter a year or so ago, it isn’t just something to idle away a few minutes, it’s actually a force for change.
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