Red Black 2: Urge for going

Now the warriors of winter they gave a cold triumphant shout
And all that stays is dying and all that lives is getting out
See the geese in chevron flight flapping and racing on before the snow
They’ve got the urge for going and they’ve got the wings so they can go

 

 

Words from “Urge for Going“, Joni Mitchell, 1966

A melancholy song, but from simpler time when threat of apocalypse might be a foolish press on a button, not near certainty from the ordinary actions of each of us, daily, just living our lives.

Democracy is not only on election day

 

Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough may turn out to be the catalysts for change, but only if we wake up and act both as individuals and collectively. The election defeat for progressive parties (south of the border) wanting to address climate change is a significant step backwards; the middle aged and old putting our present comforts or despair ahead of hope, against the interests of our clearer-sighted children.

I have pasted below the links to the excerpts from the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, in which the two talk, linked between London and Stockholm, and also the interview with retiring Bank of England governor Mark Carney.  The interview with a spokesperson from Shell does not appear to have been posted by Radio 4.  Shell’s perspective appears to be that activism is good if it changes consumers’ opinions which in turn creates markets for green energy and so will drive green investment in a capitalist economy; in other words, when the local neighbourhood is burning, reluctant punters might decide to switch provider.

Greta says “Read up. Inform yourself about the actual science and situation… Be an active democratic citizen… Democracy is not only on election day, it’s happening all the time”.

Of these sketches, the one immediately below was done outdoors from my bike.  The rest were from photos, practice at expressing a landscape and sky with black and brown lines, bleeding ink, wash and conte crayon.  I finished with the drawing that headlines this piece.