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Crazy Horses

Climate change, greenhouse gases, rising sea levels, carbon footprints, global warming ...

You know what I'm talking about right?

It's the impact that us humans are having, have had and will have on our planet and how that will affect the future of life on earth and the lives of future generations.

Right now there's a major event going on in Glasgow in Scotland which focuses on climate change and what might be done to halt it or reverse the damage already done - it's called COP26! Full name - the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. It started on October 31st and runs through until November 12th.

World leaders were there for just a few days, there were were some big announcements including one about efforts and pledges to reverse deforestation - a major factor in climate change -  but the conversations are not over with the departure of the likes of the President of the USA and others who pitched up, ironically, in their big motorcades and having flown to Scotland from all over the globe. Ironically, because fuel emissions are contributors to climate change and negative 'carbon footprints' include long distance travel.

But, that aside, this annual event is an opportunity for a focus on how we are affecting our world and that has to be a good thing.

Now if you think this is a 'one off' - it's not.  COP has taken place every year since 1995 and this is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. Oh except this one was delayed for a year because of the COVID19 pandemic.

COP stands for ‘Conference of Parties’ which refers to the 197 member nations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).The first event was in Berlin in 1995 and this year it's being hosted by the United Kingdom,  in partnership with Italy, where several events – such as Youth4Climate and PreCOP26  events – were held in Milan in early October.

In 2015 the event was held near Paris in France and that's when The Paris Agreement (Accord de Paris), which is also often referred to as the Paris Accords or the Paris Climate Accords, was signed by 196 parties. It's an international treaty on climate change and one that has had lots of focus in recent years.

Lots of commitments were made - click on the links if you want to read more about it - but still the world is waiting for people to catch up and fulfil promises made and to reach targets. 

We hear and read so much about this but actually for as long as I can remember there have been concerns about how we are affecting our planet. Back in the 1980s I remember the call to ban CFCs which were causing a 'hole in the ozone' ... ozone-depleting chemicals which were proven to be causing a  dangerous rise in the level of ultraviolet radiation (UV) reaching the Earth’s surface which has all sorts of consequences for human health and life on earth generally.

It was terrifying! These elements were said to be in loads of stuff we used at the time including, I remember, household standards like ovens, washing machines and refrigerators and in 1987 a worldwide ban was implemented.

Phew! Problem averted!

Ah ... no ... that was just one issue, and it took years of campaigning to get something done. And the problems are not just still with us, the focus is ever changing and it appears things are getting worse!

Every day now we hear, watch and read news of the global 'climate crisis' and the 'disaster' awaiting humankind and the 'catastrophes' just around the corner if we don't act NOW. I really don't like the hyperbole that is used especially by the world's media when reporting stories and issues like this because actually I think for many media listeners and viewers and consumers, they are so used to these apocalyptic phrases that they just don't hear them anymore! They are fed up of the negative reporting and just either don't engage or are now untouched by the words they hear, or numbed to the point of disinterest. I think we have to find a better way of informing the public without trying to 'shock' and 'scare' ... I don't think that will result in people taking the issues and challenges on board, rather people will just get bored of hearing it all and switch off. I think some are already doing that. Or have switched off already.

But back to the warnings ... I'm actually going to wind the clock back to my early teen years. Then I was (and still am actually, I have no shame in saying that) a big fan of The Osmonds - one of the original American 'boy bands' who were all members of the same large family and were global mega superstars in the 1970s. I, along with millions of other young girls, was madly in love with Donny, although the other boys weren't bad either!

Although a lot of their music at the time was pop and ballads designed for the teen (female) fans they did also produce some fantastic rock songs and music. And one of those was actually a song warning about the affects of climate change. Way before many of the Eco Warriors of today were around!


Crazy Horses album coverIt's called 'Crazy Horses' and I think it's one of their best actually! I love it!

Jay Osmond, the drummer in the band, sang lead vocals on the track from the album of the same name - I think I wore my copy out! Brother Merrill, who originally headed vocals in the band - sings second lead here.

This is what Jay said about the song ... "Crazy Horses was way ahead of its time. It's a song about ecology and the environment: those 'crazy horses, smoking up the sky' are gas-guzzling cars, destroying the planet with their fumes. We shot the record sleeve in a junkyard, surrounded by big old cars."

"Crazy Horses" reached number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1972 and the song has since been covered by numerous other performers.

Click on the YouTube link below if you want to hear the song and see the boys in action. It's from the release date in 1972 so, yes, it's a little bit dated ... but still fantastic! I still get goose bumps seeing The Osmonds in action!

But before that ... maybe take a few moments to read the words from the song ... nearly 50 years old now but still as relevant today, if not more so.  As I said, the climate change warnings have been around for many many many years ... yet we are still anguishing over it.

We're still debating while the world is waiting! 

Crazy Horses That's My Girl single coverThere's a message floatin' in the air
Come from crazy horses riding everywhere
It's a warning it's in every tongue
Got to stop them crazy horses on the run
What a show there they go smokin' up the sky yeah
Crazy horses all got riders and they're you and I

Crazy Horses
Crazy Horses
Crazy Horses
Crazy Horses

Never stop and they never die
They just keep on puffin' how the multiply
Crazy horses will they never halt
If they keep on movin' then it's all our fault
What a show...

So take a good look around
See what they've done
What they've done...
Crazy Horses...

 

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