"Tell the more naive or lazy elements of the public that you've found a solution to a currently fashionable environmental issue and they will invariably believe you, it's easier for them, even if the solution is absurd jiggery pokery staring them in the face."
Since writing about the environment, and particularly when I've spoken out against wind energy, I've been criticised by many who have accused me of being a mouthpiece for one or other organisations or industries. The accusers tend to be faceless trolls or sometimes just angry people sitting in darkened rooms.
Just for the record, I'm not paid by the nuclear or fossil fuel industries to write about my opposition to wind farms, I do it all by myself - and for free.
Nor am I aligned with any political party, frankly I don't hold any of them in particularly high regard.
And neither am I associated with any crackpot conspiracy theorists or other cranks who might co-incidentally share an opinion I have voiced. In fact this suggestion really offends me - there is no room for conspiracy theories in my world - simple facts speak for themselves without dressing them up in conspiratorial clothes. And I treat those spouting venomous words from their sad little conspiracy hideaways with utter contempt.
Oh and finally, I'm not a climate change denier - how, why and to what extent the world might be warming up due to human activity is really not my focus - I just know that wind farms won't help us out of a crisis, they'll just fan the flames and add to the problem.
When I started my blog, little did I know it would take me on this journey. I was led by instinct and intuition and quickly found a voice. However there were many who wanted to pull me aboard their bandwagons - and they came along surprisingly quickly, trying to get me labelled in some way and boxed off so that I wouldn't step out of line. And I resisted. Labels are not my thing, and living outside of the boxes - well that really confuses people. Which brings me back to my original point.
Just because I don't like wind energy doesn't make me a sheep or part of someone's club.
What happened to people thinking for themselves? If more of us thought for ourselves as individuals instead of letting others speak for us then we might make some progress. Change comes through free thought and not from lamely accepting a preset agenda. That just makes us compliant robots.
Tell the more naive or lazy elements of the public that you've found a solution to a currently fashionable environmental issue and they will invariably believe you, it's easier for them, even if the solution is absurd jiggery pokery staring them in the face.
For example, fill the horizon with wind turbines, spin a few lines about how they are the solution to global warming and many people will find the sight of them comforting. Never mind that it's all a grim fairy tale that is destroying the very nature about which the beguiled onlookers claim to care.
It's a fools paradise.
They gallantly relinquish their plastic straws to save the planet but would be happy to see them recycled into turbine towers and blades which slice up birds and pollute the earth.
So, although I am constantly accused of working for others and being a mouthpiece for various organisations or ideologies, I'm not - I remain fiercely independent, I have to be.
And when I campaign against wind turbines or when I petition to save wildlife, I am doing so as an individual. And thankfully I am supported by a large number of individuals, each thinking independently.
We might be mere ripples in a big ocean but slowly and surely the ripples are making waves.
If you like what I write about, please consider showing your support by buying me a virtual coffee!
Click the button below! Thanks :)