Bubble in the desert

A blog I started whilst on a GE "Bubble" assignment in Nevada. I'm back in Cambridge (UK) now but still miss the desert and my friends out there.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Environmentalists Damaging SUVs and 4x4s - "Criminal"

Sometimes people just go too far and make a nuisance of themselves: writing slogans in acid on golf courses; chaining themselves to the railings outside Buckingham Palace and breaking windows along Oxford Street. It's just criminal damage. They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I mean, things are fine the way they are. Why should WOMEN have the right to VOTE?

Ah yes, perhaps now you see. Sometimes things are wrong. Prior to 1918 Women in the UK could not vote. Some of them, known as the Suffragettes, decided to stand up and do something about the injustice, often going to prison for their 'crimes'.

Looking back, what do we think about these Suffragettes? Were they just criminals or were they on to something? Is it right that women should vote? Of course it is. Was it right for them to do everything they could to highlight the problem. I think so.

I heard on a radio show last night the word 'environmentalist' spat out by the host such that it shocked me. The host suggested that these people, who vandalize SUVs and 4x4s, are just criminals who need to be prosecuted. Whilst I don't subscribe to these actions I find it hard to hear the word 'environmentalist' used with such negativity as if we are a bunch of football hooligans, not a bunch of people who are deeply concerned about our planet and its continued destruction. Perhaps we should reflect on those Suffragettes.


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