Why give awards to activists?

From – CNN Quote:

Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson was awarded a damehood in Queen Elizabeth II’s 2018 birthday honors list, while Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro was knighted.

Thompson, who was recognized for services to drama, is notable for her versatility as an actress and as the only person to have won Academy Awards for both acting and writing, for “Howards End” and “Sense and Sensibility,” respectively, the honors committee said. End quote.

To be honest, I have only ever thought of Emma Thompson as a mediocre actress. In my book, actors who basically play exactly the same role every time they appear in a movie or TV series have limited talent. Both movies referred to above were produced in the early 1990s, when she was married to Kenneth Branagh, who, I think, can rightfully lay claim to a large amount of the credit for both movies. The fact that she has done very little of note since those days is very telling. Think Nanny McPhee, Harry Potter, Last Chance Harvey, Love Actually… in the case of the last of that list, she was totally outshone by many great actors, notably Alan Rickman, who demonstrated what good acting really is. I guess they were scraping the barrel for a Dame this time around. No offence, Emma.

When the awards came out in New Zealand last week, a lot of people commented that they were tired of people being given gongs for just doing their job. I guess we could assume that the recipients are chosen because they do their job exceptionally well but in Emma Thompson’s case, I don’t think that is true at all. As her level of talent can only be seen as average, it would appear that she is being rewarded for longevity. In other words, the last one standing gets the prize.

Unless it is for something else entirely.

Emma Thompson is a self-confessed Greenpeace activist, who has broken the law in the past and will ‘probably’ do so again. I found this article in  The Guardian which proves that without a doubt. It also proves that she talks a load of drivel, but that is nothing new for people who want to persuade others to come around to their way of thinking. Truth never enters into the debate. Quote:

Many critics have latched onto the following inaccurate statement, [from Thompson]

if they take out of the earth all the oil they want to take out, you look at the science – our temperature will rise 4 degrees Celsius by 2030, and that’s not sustainable.

This is incorrect. According to the latest IPCC report, by 2030, global surface temperatures probably won’t be more than 2°C hotter than pre-industrial levels. A 2010 study led by Met Office climate scientist Richard Betts called “When could global warming reach 4°C?” answered the titular question as follows,

…our best estimate is that the [fossil fuel intensive] emissions scenario would lead to a warming of 4°C relative to pre-industrial during the 2070s. If carbon-cycle feedbacks are stronger, which appears less likely but still credible, then 4°C warming could be reached by the early 2060s

So, Thompson was off by three to four decades. However, because of the lag between the time when we emit greenhouse gases and when their full warming influence in realized, the highest emissions scenario considered in the latest IPCC report suggests we would commit ourselves to 4°C warming by 2050.

Even 2°C is considered a point beyond which international negotiators have agreed we should not pass because of the potentially dangerous consequences. At 2°C warming, coastal flooding will impact millions of people, coral bleaching will be widespread (exacerbated by ocean acidification), global food crop production will decline, and up to 30% of global species will be at increasing risk for extinction. End quote.

So, she obviously has no idea of what she’s talking about and just makes up the numbers as she goes along. But all ‘activists’ do this, so I guess there is nothing unusual here. Quote:

Our refugee crisis – which, let me tell you, if we allow climate change to go on as it’s going, the refugee crisis we have at the moment will look like a tea party, compared to what’s going to happen in a few years’ time. Because if we allow climate change to continue, there are going to be entire swathes of the Earth that will become uninhabitable, and where are those people going to go? Where do we think they’re going to go? We’re looking at a humanitarian disaster of proportions we simply can’t imagine.

Thompson again exaggerated the timescales by saying “in a few years’ time.” However, the concern she expresses is a valid one. Unchecked sea level rise would eventually make many low-lying island nations and coastal cities uninhabitable, for example. Intensified extreme weather events such as droughts could significantly reduce agricultural productivity in other areas, as some research has suggested happened in Syria. Too much warming could even make some regions unbearably hot, although likely not until next century. End quote.

No. Sorry, but no. The conflict in Syria is nothing to do with climate change. This is just convenient claptrap. Quote:

Timing wrong, but concerns valid

Ultimately, as Richard Betts noted,

while Ms Thompson’s concerns are valid in the longer term, her timing isn’t supported by the science. End quote.

The Guardian doesn’t exactly give her a hard time for getting her facts totally wrong. I guess, seeing that it is Emma Thompson, it is all okay because she means well, doesn’t she?

Then there was this, back in 2009. From Hamhigh Quote:

West Hampstead’s Emma Thompson is among a group of high-profile protesters to buy land to halt the controversial expansion if Heathrow Airport.

Award-winning actress Ms Thompson, who was nominated for a Golden Globe, said: “I don’t understand how any government remotely serious about committing to reversing climate change can even consider these ridiculous plans.

“It’s laughably hypocritical. That’s why we’ve bought a plot on the runway.

“We’ll stop this from happening even if we have to move in and plant vegetables.” End quote.

What is truly hypocritical Emma, is that while you stop more people being able to travel efficiently, you brag about the fact that you met your second husband, Greg Wise, on a private jet trip to Cannes. Gee, it must be lonely standing on the moral high ground. Does it get cold up there?

So, if this is the quality of people being made Knights and Dames these days, I agree with those who think these awards should be abandoned. A mediocre actress who openly admits she is prepared to break the law and deliberately stops airport expansion plans while travelling herself in private jets is no one to look up to. She ought to be ashamed of herself, but of course, like all other activists, she thinks it is OK if she does it. The rest of us can go to hell.


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