Saturday, 22 June 2019

The Dark Side

Interesting news that David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has auctioned 126 of his guitars and raised $21.6m to donate to help counter resistance to urgently dealing with climate change (https://uk.reuters.com/video/2019/06/21/pink-floyds-gilmour-sells-guitars-for-cl?videoId=565221828&videoChannel=118261). At the same time, some artists are refusing to work with institutions that receive funding from BP, on the basis that this petrochemical company is a major contributor to the release of greenhouse gases (https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/jun/21/mark-rylance-resigns-from-royal-shakespeare-company-rsc-over-bp-sponsorship). Artists supporting Science? Both activities (and others) are clearly helpful but one has to ask why such individuals feel the need to take these actions. Could it be that they don't trust our industrialists and politicians to do the right thing?

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