SH in a comment at my last post on Emmott
pointed me to a post by Franny Armstrong , of 10:10 and the famous “Splattergate” film at
She ends a doomfilled post about the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere having reached 400 parts per million with a despairing cry:
“So what the hell are we all going to do now?”
“Should we go into survivalist mode, buying up guns and fortifying our homes? It sounds extreme, but it’s not a coincidence that some people working on climate change are buying pieces of land far away from centres of population to move their families…
“Should we stockpile cyanide? You think I’m exaggerating, but a close friend of mine, who has four children, said she plans to kill herself and them when it comes to it”.
[Franny read zoology at University College London and her thesis was entitled ‘Is the human species suicidal?’]
I thought of adding a comment pointing out that buying guns and stocking cyanide with a view to killing people were extremely illegal acts, even if the people you intend to kill were your own children, and that her friend was in urgent need of psychological help, but comments are moderated, so I didn’t bother.
I thought of writing to Professor Stephen Emmott, informing him that his colleague who recommended teaching your children to use guns had a soul sister at Spannerfilms who was contemplating killing her own offspring. Maybe they could get together, and Emmott’s colleague’s kids could use Armstrong’s friend’s kids as target practice (with the accord of their respective parents, of course). But I didn’t.
There were a lot of mostly supportive comments to Armstrong’s article. Rachel wrote about her
“…extreme depression and as a mum with a baby, and v little time to try and do something through work and so hard to see what will create cut-through, i’m tempted by the cyanide option, otherwise head to an island…”
while Satyadasa says:
“My thought is that if there is such a huge suffering scenario ahead then the minimum useful response would be to prepare for suffering… Look towards the wisdom traditions. This underlying preparation usually gets overlooked because its so basic as to seem almost naive. My concern is that without this, what we end up with is a stockpile of cyanide and horrified anxiety as well as irreversible climate chaos. All the best”
On a more upbeat note, E says:
Cyanide is not very pleasant, but argon gas is, and will kill you easily, painlessly and euphorically in minutes. Definitely the way to go. I think any of the inert gases will do the same (helium, nitrogen etc) but we found argon to be relatively cheap and easy to get hold of. It’s used in welding or something. Check out youtube for instructions. And Michael Heseltine’s very interesting documentary, in which he searches for the most humane way to carry out capital punishment!…
… I’ve got a two year old, beautiful granddaughter, and it breaks my heart. No one’s going to escape this one. Just keep your sense of humour. With love,”
While one anonymous cynic suggests:
“Why not make a film in which anyone who disagrees with you gets blown up?”
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Surprisingly, 10:10 is still going strong, with eight full-time staff in Britain and a network covering 40+ countries.
It’s a registered company, so they don’t have to reveal financing. They’ve had five articles posted this month, but comments aren’t allowed.
Coming back to Fran’s article at Spanner Films, there was a huge number of comments, suggesting that she still has lots of fans. But the previous post on 19th March (an apology for a postponed course on documentary filmmaking) had no comments. And the post before that, in February, was this:
“We are flogging off most of our DVDs at eye-wateringly low prices… How’s about buying 20 and selling them for a tasty profit? The Age of Stupid is being flogged off cheap for £6, OR: Buy four boxes, totalling ONE HUNDRED DVDs for the earth shattering price of £300, plus get a free bike vest and mug and have lunch with director Franny Armstrong”.
There’s some publicity for the postponed film course, then nothing since January 2012.
Many sceptics interpret such evident signs of failure as signs that the global warming scam is losing momentum.
I’m not so sure. If Fran doesn’t manage to sell off her remaindered DVDs, it’s odds on that Miliband will create her Baroness Splattergate, and she’ll be legislating for us for the next fifty years.