Concept of battle prizes is probably as old as mankind, and medals are still an important feature of armed forces activity world-wide. Remembrance Sunday probably features the UK’s biggest annual display of medals, worn as evidence of experience rather than celebration. Although my father and his three brothers all earned medals in the Second World War, I have no recollection of their ever wearing these, and the Remembrance Sunday display always reminds me of the powerful sentiment I heard from a Highland veteran who won distinction in the Second World War: ‘Baubles! I threw them away! Why would I be proud of killing other people?’
Tag: UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)
International attention is focusing on the challenges and dangers of climate change this week as world media covers COP26 in Glasgow. Despite published evidence and campaigning many still regard climate change as somebody else’s problem, and it is particularly worrying that some world leaders refuse to believe there is any problem. We all have a duty to help halt the climate crisis, but as always the most significant impact will depend on the will and actions of the most powerful political and business leaders. Actions will always speak louder than words, and COP 26 desperately needs a legacy of actions!