Greta Almost Made me Miss My Flight....

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I can’t believe the global population will ever accept the required changes to lifestyles to save the planet in the long term. Too much damage has been done already.

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Steve.
Proud poster of mindless drivel on BlatChat since 2006.  

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Guardian:
"Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion protesters may sue the Metropolitan police for unlawful arrest after the high court quashed an order banning the group’s protests in London last month.
In a judgment handed down on Wednesday morning, Mr Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice Chamberlain said the section 14 order imposed during XR’s “autumn uprising” in October was unlawful."

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At the end of 1945 from memory  there were around 2.5 billion humans on the planet and now it's what? 7.5 billion.

A colleague recently pointed out that in terms of food production we should stop growing crops to feed animals to then eat said animal (number of cows on the planet etc)and whilst reducing farm animal population is obviously a no brainer in terms of common sense the problem is that the extra 5 billion humans all want a varying degree of the following, the latest Iphone, a fridge, a car, computers, etc etc

Our birth rates and our consumption is what's killing us. Interestingly if you globally educate woman birth rates fall (i realise this is extremely difficult to a) achieve and b) Get right) and this would be far more useful than many other suggestions.

How many XR supporters have more than 2 kids (swampy's got 4 i think). Too much hypocrisy but at least it's up high on the agenda.

And if anyone thinks we're going to voluntarily stop the consumption they need their heads examined because its not in our nature. Reform i fear will have to be imposed by state.

 

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Interestingly if you globally educate woman birth rates fall (i realise this is extremely difficult to a) achieve and b) Get right) and this would be far more useful than many other suggestions.

It's true, it's important, and it's achievable.

Jonathan

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Interestingly if you globally educate woman birth rates fall (i realise this is extremely difficult to a) achieve and b) Get right) and this would be far more useful than many other suggestions.

That is the first very sensible and reasonably practical suggestion I have heard.  I agree it is difficult but it is far better than many alternatives being bandied about.  

 

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As I have a 401k I will be submitting a US tax return for the rest of my days regardless of whether I stay on GC or take citizenship - even once back in the UK.  I've heard that being a US resident / having a green card for a number of years (some say 5 years, others say 8) will lead to a lifelong US tax liability even if you do not take citizenship - I need to look into this some more. 

I also need to get my head around how my UK property will be treated.  If I sell it whilst still in the US, I'm not only expecting a CGT liability, there is also a tax on the notional gain in the value of any mortgage amount that is cleared as a result of the sale

Steve - let me know if you want an intro to my expat tax specialist.  Long suffering but totally wonderful lady having dealt with me for a while, she will be able to sort you out.   The 401k alone will keep you filing tax returns into your retirement years.  As for the house - stick it in a trust.  That changes the character for tax purposes.  I bet you have PFIC issues too that you have not discovered.  You also need a new will in each country that mirror.  This multi-citizen stuff is fun isnt it!  Irked 

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So action in the spaces of publicity and headlines and celebrity seems to be necessary as well as in the spaces of politics, science, technology and economics.

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The Greta effect.

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"YouGov found that 56% of people back the total decarbonisation of the UK economy by 2030 and just under half support public spending to make large swathes of public transport free to use."

Can anyone find details of the poll, please?

Jonathan

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How to get back home???

Sailing catamaran. (Possibly an Outremer 45.)

Jonathan

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Good for Greta, if you are not idealistic when young, I don't think you ever will be.

Stephen Hubbard

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