Earth is Dead.

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Regardless of our efforts, our planet is doomed. The only ‘green’ which is important to this world is money. The life of a business is more important than that of a breathing organism. This is something I have said for a while, to be honest. But recently, I’ve been thinking about the current state of the environment and I have realised more than what I had previously thought.

It’s not only what I have read, watched or heard; but things I have noticed in everyday life. The change in weather and exponential rise in concern are probably the most noticeable. However, one thing I have also realised is that, as consumers, it’s not so much our fault anymore. In fact, I’m not sure if it ever was.

Commercialism has killed us…

…Not just physically, but our minds too. Corporations are the biggest reason for our planet’s death. Who do you think makes all the plastic bottles? Who delivers them? How do you think they deliver them? They definitely do not use fuel burning big metal machines…right? I mean if they do, them machines definitely breathe pure clean air………right?!

But the worst part is we’re made to believe that we should be more responsible. Recycle your plastic, cans, paper and glass boys and girls. We’re not doing enough. Our grandkids are not going to see old age because this planet will be inhabitable and that’s our fault…apparently. Us consumers and workers are the reason for the death of our planet. WRONG. The polls don’t lie, as you can see here. We only buy the rubbish material or the thing with excessive packaging because that is what you give us. We can only use plastic bags because that is what you give us. It’s very easy to lose plastic bags. We can’t use public transport (in the UK anyway, and other nations with privatised public transport) because it’s an extortion. We end up driving old, less efficient cars because, for many, that is all we can afford.

The problem is not the consumer. To those who believe the people need to do more, there is little more we can do than the efforts we currently make. But we’re blinded by constant content which all repeat the same message of “protect our planet”. But the big name corps are the ones who should be taking most of the responsibility here.

Old McDonald has a…

…massive franchise which mass produces beef (if you didn’t know, cows are a significant contributor to CO2 emissions due to the large amounts of methane they produce), mass distributes bad plastics, builds itself in pretty much every town and city, and so much more.

Amazon are another fine example. Have you ever ordered something small from amazon, but it comes in a box which really does not need to be as big as it is? Or uses loads of “protective” plastic (e.g. bubble wrap)? Yeah, I have too.

The number of trees cut down for resources is somewhat frightening. The lack of control of the waters is dangerous. We all know how polluted our waters are. They’re like that because only 3% of the ocean is actually protected. This article from Richard Branson tells you the importance of protecting our oceans.

“Our Planet”, narrated by the great Sir David Attenborough and can be viewed on Netflix, really puts it all into perspective. A really touching piece of work which tells you how commercialism is killing Earth. It’s sad. It’s sad because it’s all true. And the worst thing is, a lot of it we already know, but we don’t know the scale of it.

Supermarkets are actually an area for other companies and brands to look up to. Brands, like Tesco and Sainsbury’s, are currently in the transition of replacing plastic bags with recyclable bags. By 2020, non-recyclable plastic bags should be a thing of the past. Morocco is a nation who have gone a step further. They have banned plastic bags and have replaced them with bio-degradable ones. Game changer- the rest of the world should be taking notes.

We have until 2030

#EarthDay has just passed, but our attention should still strongly remain on the future of planet Earth. This is a plead to the big guys up in their leather chairs and fine wooden desks. Do more. We do our part. Experts say we have until 2030 to do something about climate change, so do something.

Harming our planet because it’s the cheapest way to carry out your business is not ethical. It’s too common. Use electric transport for delivery. Find an alternative for plastic packaging. Stop dumping in the seas and, in fact, control them. Use your excellent marketing and strategy teams to get us consumers involved in your movement.

Make a change to your business and save us.

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Michael Jackson: Was the ‘King of Pop’ a Paedo?

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Prior to watching the documentary, Twitter followers were asked what they think…

I’m sure you have seen the absolute s**t-storm that “Leaving Neverland” has created on the internet. If you don’t know what it is or haven’t seen it, it’s a very shocking and surprising documentary which describes (in a lot of detail) how MJ sexually abused two people when they were children. Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck tell us their encounters with Michael when they were younger. I recommend you watch it before you read or comment on this article.

Leaving Neverland has divided the internet into two. One side are absolutely horrified and can’t believe their childhood idol (across several generations) is a disgusting monster. The other side are not having it. They think Robson and Safechuck are lying. They think this documentary has 0 truth and that the whole thing is a scandal to make money because, as you may know, a dead man can’t defend himself.

No one WANTS to believe this. We all loved Michael. But I can see why there is such a divide in opinions. If the accounts told are false, then it’s just another fine example of how the industry cares about literally NOTHING other than cash.

Personally, I have never said MJ is guilty. I have also never said he is innocent. But, unlike many viewers, this documentary changed nothing for me. I still don’t know. Both sides of the argument do have valid points. I want to cover both sides of the argument here.

THIS IS IMPORTANT. MJ wasn’t just anybody, he was one of the greatest to ever grace the Earth. His music would still be played in 100 years, that’s how impactful he was. But now, I’m not so sure…

Take His Crown!

One person on Twitter definitely agreed

For many, Michael’s reputation is gone. Finished. He’s guilty, clear as day. I can see why. The stories in this documentary were very detailed. VERY. And I think it’s fair to say if literally any middle-aged man on the planet did the same thing Michael did, the whole world would be screaming for his head.

Michael has always seemed to be a bit off-key. I mean the fact he wanted to have slumber parties with young boys is weird. The fact he paid millions of dollars to avoid a lawsuit seems strange too. The telephone calls which were mentioned in the documentary could also be perceived in that manner. There are not many other points which I can say regarding why and how he might be guilty because that is literally it. He wanted young boys to live in his house. Need I say more?

The level of detail which Robson and Safechuck went in to was disturbing to say the least. But, considering the relationship they had with MJ, it does have a lot of plausibility. But like I said, a dead man can’t defend himself…

You Liars!

Another person on Twitter thought it was “stupid”

The other side of the internet think it’s all a scandal to get money. In fact, when the question was raised, one Twitter follower had a lot to say about it. You can see the thread here. They suggested that “Robson started off this whole accusation with a book deal” and that the “UK broadcast was 45 minutes shorter” than the USA. There was a lot more said but these points stood out for me. Was this just a ploy to gain some sort of profit? Whether it be financial or reputational? Was this documentary, knowing it was going to get attention because of the context, created for the purpose of gossip? Gossip which would lead to more interest? Interest which would lead to views and greater financial gain? Everyone involved in the documentary knows how eventful it would be because of how one-sided it is and how defenceless the accused is.

Personally, there was a lot of it which I didn’t buy. The accusation is definitely plausible. But, Robson and Safechuck, as well as their mothers if I am going to be honest, seemed off. The way the story was told sounded like it was being made up on the spot. Elements sounded true but a lot of it sounded like they were just making it up as they went along. It felt like they were thinking ‘hmm maybe I can add one or two more things here to make this sound even worse.” There was even one point when one of them said ‘MJ abused me while my parents were in the next room.’ The whole documentary they made it seem like MJ played EVERYTHING safe, so they never got caught, but that did not fit in at all. The tone of the mothers was strange as it always felt like their attitude towards the whole thing kept changing. Either they are just some weird people, or they are very bad at storytelling. I’ve heard all sorts of rumours saying that ‘Robson and Safechuck are struggling financially so they need the money’ and a billion-dollar lawsuit being raised. There are a lot of strong points defending MJ after this documentary and they seem to be somewhat more factual in comparison to the accusation approach from the opposing side.

Why did this have to happen?

The legacy of one of the greatest musicians in history; one of the most influential people ever; the master of the moonwalk; the one and only King of Pop; has been severely damaged, if not, destroyed. The worst part of this is that we still don’t know if he deserves that or whether his name is being vandalised for commercial benefit.

Is this all just a big money thing? Seriously? That’s horrible if it is the case. I’m unsure of whether this is true, but I have been told the Michael Jackson Estate are making a ‘counter’ documentary in response to this one. Are they doing that for the right reasons? Or because it’s going to bring down their gain in royalties when angry consumers boycott his music…

I’m still down the middle. I think a lot of us are. But one thing is for sure and that is that I strongly believe this documentary was not made to “expose the truth”. This documentary was made for commercial purposes. Regardless of whether the stories from Robson and Safechuck are true or not, it was Dan Reed who made this. It was his idea. He made it happen. In my opinion, he doesn’t care about the truth. He see’s dollar signs… and that’s a damn shame.

What do YOU think?

I wrote this article as my interpretation of the documentary only. There are a few points from my Twitter followers in here too but I have not done any extensive research to determine more about whether he’s guilty or not. To be honest, the purpose of this article was to just put the product in the spotlight. It doesn’t prove anything, so was there any need for it? At most, this documentary has caused a massive debate worldwide.

But I’d like to hear your take on this. Do you agree with what has been said? What did you think of the documentary? Tweet us using the hashtag #YouHerdItHere or comment below!

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