Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change

To London

Down to London today, to Broadcasting House to meet Simon Elmes (seen here posing with a bookcase) and hand over the Flash Cards with the audio I recorded during the trip. There’s about 23 hours of footage all up which Simon, the poor bugger, will now have to sit through and sift out anything that he can stitch together into a BBC radio documentary, to be broadcast I think in August. The doco will be half an hour long so I’m hoping that in every hour I recorded there must be at least a minute that is of use. Pad that out with a bit of music and you’re there.

On the train home (I went there and back in one day; my dislike of London having now reached a slightly ridiculous, almost pathological pitch), I read the Quarterly Essay ‘Now or Never’ by Tim Flannery. One phrase, describing ‘the climate-change problem’ sticks in the memory:

“The problem results from digging up the dead – vast amounts of fossilised, once-living matter in the form of coal, oil and natural gas – and burning it.”

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