attitude is everything. I don’t want to elaborate on Limerick’s All-Ireland win, but among the many factors that contributed to the win, attitude was singled out by most commentators.
When legendary Kilkenny resilience saw them draw level, weaker legs would have buckled, but stance kept limerick legs straight and skill did the rest.
Those who work with older people will tell you that hiring is more than half the battle when it comes to longevity and quality of life in later years.
I remember my first time leaving the country. I was only 14 and I was on a school trip to France. As the boat left Rosslare we all felt nauseous but one of the teachers took some of us to the bow of the ship.
He told us to focus on how the boat rises and falls and allow ourselves to go with the movement of the boat. We did, and after that most of us had a comfortable sailing.
Attitude is the foundation on which success is built: it creates opportunities and can transform circumstances. In terms of attitude, the greatest enemies of success are defeatism, hopelessness, and denial.
I’m sure when the AIB decided to go cashless in 70 branches across the country, they assumed that after initial resistance, hopelessness and defeatism would prevail and the opposition would fizzle out. They were wrong, and a crescendo of resistance at all levels forced them to back down.
Attitude plays a big part in our failure to take climate change seriously and address it meaningfully. There’s some hopelessness, some defeatism, and a whole lot of denial.
The attitude of denial causes us to lead a narrow-minded existence while the world around us burns or is flooded. Surely the sight of burning houses in temperatures hovering in the 40s in southern England should alert us to the possibility that this could be happening here?
Preliminary 2021 figures released by the EPA attribute 38 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions to agriculture in general. That’s more than double what’s in transportation (18 percent) and energy (17 percent).
Meanwhile, data from the EU-27 countries and the UK show that between 1990 and 2020 only Ireland and Cyprus increased emissions.
Estonia leads with a 71.5 percent reduction, the UK has made a 48.5 percent reduction, Germany a 40.8 percent reduction. Meanwhile, good old Ireland has increased its emissions by 6 percent, while Cyprus’ increase is a massive 46 percent.
I do not think we can accuse the Irish agricultural sector of denying climate change and agriculture’s contribution to the problem. On the contrary, it’s a smart industry with smart people at all levels, from the field to the boardroom. They’re familiar with the science, but it hasn’t changed their attitude.
A number of strategies are adopted to address the environmental pressures on the sector. One takes the form of rearguard action, where the methods used to calculate these emissions are questioned, or where the models for comparing one industry to another are disputed.
Skirmish after skirmish is fought and these sow doubt and deliver small victories, but only ward off the inevitable.
Another strategy is to play the victim and promote the narrative that everyone is after the farmers and all the blame for climate change falls on their shoulders. This has the effect of mobilizing the peasants to take on the big bad world.
The numbers stand and haven’t changed much since 1990, when agriculture accounted for 36 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Irish agriculture’s claim that it is being harassed is not true – the numbers are consistent no matter how they are calculated. A mindset shift is needed where the industry needs to start asking, “What can we do?” instead of “What can we get away with?”.
But ultimately, farmers and the agricultural sector are fighting the wrong battle as they try to insulate their income and way of life from the opportunity and financial costs of stalling climate change.
They must mobilize all their cleverness and direct their campaigns towards the ruse that is fundamental to the western economic model. Making groceries as cheap as possible is the trick to freeing up most of the disposable household income to buy useless things like SUVs and TV screens the size of a gabled wall.
Farmers must join the fight to stave off climate change – it is the fundamental fight of our time. They also need help in fighting the fraudulent economy of cheap food.
https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/comment/jim-obrien-farmers-are-fighting-on-the-wrong-side-in-the-wrong-war-in-the-climate-change-struggle-41864678.html Jim O’Brien: Farmers are fighting on the wrong side in the wrong war in the fight against climate change