Greta’s carbon-free adventure not what it seemed

Greta Thunberg’s sail from Europe to America was meant to show us all what could be achieved by living carbon free. It wouldn’t for example, hamper your global travel plans. If you wanted to get somewhere internationally, just hop aboard a friendly round-the-world super yacht and be on your way.

Well, it may not be as carbon-free as it was sold:

Greta Thunberg’s sailing ship for the climate, Malizia II, must return to Europe after it has reached New York. For this, four new professional sailors fly to the US. Their mission is to release the crew of two skippers on board and sail the boat back. Altogether, six sailors must take at least one trip each by plane.

Amid invited to the UN Climate Summit in New York in September, Greta Thunberg refused to go by plane and wanted a carbon dioxide neutral way of travel. Fortunately for her, the Malizia II team came to her assistance, offering to sail Greta and her father across the Atlantic. As a return, the boat became the nine o’clock news all over the world when Greta set off from Plymouth a couple of days ago.

Multiple times more emissions
But going by sailing boat, might not be such a clever idea after all if the objective is to spare the climate. It turns out that Greta Thunberg’s trip adds many times more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than if she and her father just bought two airline tickets. Her sail results in multiple flights across the Atlantic since all the sailors must take one flight each, taz.de reports.

Oh. It’s almost as though were were lied to.

These people are idiots

Is that unfair? Maybe. Until you read this:

The Palestinian Authority banned members of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community from carrying out any activities in the West Bank.

The ban came after the grassroots group Al-Qaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society (Arabic for “the bow”), which engages and supports Palestinians who identify as LGBTQ, was planning to hold a gathering for its members in Nablus at the end of the month. The group operates both in the West Bank and among Arab-Israelis.

Earlier this month, Al-Qaws held an event in Nablus about sexual and gender diversity in Palestinian society. The PA police, however, learned about the event only days after it was held.

Al-Qaws is a civil society organization established in 2001 with the goal of “fighting for vibrant Palestinian cultural and social change, building LGBTQ communities and promoting new ideas about the role of gender and sexual diversity in political activism, civil society institutions, media, and everyday life.”

The group has offices only in east Jerusalem and Haifa.

Get that? They have offices in Israel. Wonder why … Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv …

This is why childcare is expensive

And as taxpayers, we suffer:

The state’s not-for-profit and private childcare sectors are both calling for restrictions on the opening of new centres, arguing proponents should have to show evidence of demand.

Industry advocates say either state planning laws or the federal childcare subsidy system should be used to prevent a glut of new centres threatening the viability of established ones.

How terrible that competition might bring the cost down.