A chaotic series of events at the Assembly of Nations today underlined the political inertia of the establishment in dealing with climate change. With the continuing construction of new power plants, motorways and the unregulated growth of global trade, the world is failing to achieve its carbon emission targets. In spite of increasing warnings from the scientific community that a 2 degree rise in global temperature is now pretty much inevitable, there has been little chance for minority voices to be heard. While the global community focuses on market growth, the vast bulk of the populus seems unconcerned with international relations and environmental issues, except when they relate to sport. A surprise speech at the AN this morning may have changed that.
Freedemian-born Brittney Sandrea (30), well known for her support of the renegade Anarchist organisation Telkhug Ēkdŭn and now a representative of that organisation at the AN, was scheduled to give a 30 minute speech on the effects of climate change on small island nations. Ms. Sandrea rose from her seat at the back of the Assembly hall and made her way to the front. Standing 5’11’’ and with long, blonde hair, not to mention the fact that she is a representative for an anarchist group, Ms. Sandrea is not a typical AN bureaucrat; in the male-dominated chamber, all eyes followed her closely. Taking her place at the podium, Ms. Sandrea spoke briefly about the unconventional route that had led her into politics. She then proceeded to outline the effects of increasing global temperatures. Here, her speech deviated from the norm. For each cause of climate change Ms. Sandrea removed an item of clothing. Having started wearing a skirt, jacket and flat shoes it was not long before she was down to bra and panties. Uproar in the chamber followed. And at this point, Ms. Sandrea had only underlined the causes of 1 degree of climate change. Finally, removing first her bra and then her panties, a now nude Ms. Sandrea, while being confronted by two burly security guards, got further into her points, as the confused guards tried to figure out what to do. “Think about it, people! I’m standing here naked in the middle of the AN and I’m not the least bit cold. In fact, I’m still hot!! It wouldn’t have been like this ten years ago. See for yourself. It’s okay.”
For a short moment, the confusion and uproar actually stopped, as they realized the strength of her point. For a second, some representatives even seemed like they were about to get undressed along with her, including Commonia’s Dan Iikjm and Freedemia’s Eliza Bellworth. However, they soon realized what was happening, and began once again to protest against the strange event. Ms. Sandrea finally shouted: ‘you can debate and argue all you want, but the world is getting too hot! If you want to actually make a stand against climate change, then strip! Do something that will actually make people care!’ She was then forcibly dragged from the chamber and is currently thought either to be under in detention in a local police station or to have been taken back to the Telkhug Ēkdŭn embassy in the city. Footage of the speech has gone viral around the world. For the first time in a while, it seems like climate change is back on the global agenda.
In Freedemia, response to the speech may actually affect the election for vice president. Newscaster Patrick Houser, currently in third but only behind by a few percents, is the only candidate which has made going green a priority. Houser is already gaining fast, and Nelson and Redsten are slowly dropping. If Freedemian people really value going green, Freedemia’s vice presidential election could end up showing it.