Metro Letters November 18, 2022: Beware the climate change myths

Metro Letters November 18, 2022: Beware the climate change myths

These are the topics that got readers talking today (Image: Getty/

The world may be facing many problems right now, but is overpopulation the biggest culprit?

Despite humanity hitting 8 billion this week, some readers say the blame lies with the few, not the many.

That’s not the only topic that got people talking. Letters about nurses having lunch, tattoos and Jack Grealish’s calves have all landed in our mailbox.

Let’s hear what you think…

■ Letters pointing the finger at human overpopulation as a driver of climate change (MetroTalk, Thu) are misleading.

A 2020 report by Oxfam and the Stockholm Environment Institute highlights the fact that the richest 1 percent of the world’s population is responsible for emitting more than twice as much carbon as the poorest half of the world.

We need the elite to restrict. It is they who are pushing the mantra that population control should lead the charge to distract people from telling them to change their lives of luxury. Lewis Gibson, Birmingham

■ Maya (MetroTalk, Wed) says it’s not selfish to visit family abroad or go to a supermarket to buy things you can’t walk home.

You and others like you enjoy a level of privilege rare in this world. Most people cannot daydream about the things they take for granted – flying abroad or driving home with heavy shopping – and many in other parts of the world pay an unbearable price for their privileges. Judy Baldwinson, via email

Friesian cows in a field

Are bloating people as big a problem as methane-producing cows? (Image: Getty Images)

■ There are 1.5 billion cows on earth that produce a lot of methane gas by venting and burping. What if the 8 billion people in our small world farted at the same time? It would be a global catastrophe. Anthony, Portsmouth

■ Ted from Reading (MetroTalk, Mi) says we should see long-distance travel as unacceptable. Does he find it unacceptable that my husband and I want to fly to Australia to visit a dying relative?

Saying goodbye to my mother-in-law shouldn’t be “unacceptable”. I shouldn’t feel selfish about wanting to attend her funeral, either. Tansy, Colchester

■ It’s time to go vegan, says Lisa from Brighton (MetroTalk, Thurs). She should check her teeth in the mirror. Mother Nature has endowed us with a wonderful variety of differently shaped teeth to enable us to eat a wide variety of different foods.

If we all became vegan, in a few thousand years we would all have buck teeth and smell like goats. John B, Surbiton

■ Steven from London (MetroTalk, Tue) believes that the only reason we are on earth is to procreate. Well I never conceived myself and enjoy being on earth thank you very much! Fi Rosen, Portsmouth

Nurses shouldn’t have to sacrifice “penny pinches” when eating

■ Rebecca (MetroTalk, Thu) says she works in a hospital store and is far from seeing nurses so broke they warrant a strike over pay, there is no austerity from the large number of them, who buy coffee, water and pastries.

What an absolutely stupid thing to write. Is she saying the nurses must be fine because they drink and eat?

Doesn’t she drink and eat to survive? Should nurses starve themselves during their workday to make them feel like they deserve a raise?
I can’t believe anyone could write something so absurd. Korin, London

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham; Lobby with Costa

Nurses buying their lunch from a local shop is not a luxury but a necessity, argue readers (Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

■ In response to Rebecca regarding the pay of nurses and their ability to purchase lunch from a hospital store.

I often use the store at the hospital where I work as a nurse. This is not done out of free choice, but out of necessity. Rotating shifts and no other shopping options close to where I work means that if I’m lucky enough to take a break, the quickest thing I can do is stop by the hospital store.

In my hospital, the staff canteen is too far away to come and go and still have time to eat my lunch. Yes, the hospital store is more expensive, but the option is this or nothing.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have subsidized food for all hospital staff at all hospital sites as a recognition of the hard work of everyone working for the NHS?
Nicola, via email

■ To Greg, the American-born and now taxpaying British national, who says people who think paying more to nurses is a problem sound like “spoiled crybabies” (MetroTalk, Wed).

I couldn’t agree more with you. I am Canadian and have lived in the UK for 35 years. People don’t know how lucky they are. KAW, via email

Jack and his calves were awesome

Jack Grealish

Jack Grealish’s well-developed calves could win a few extra fans (Image: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

■ Amidst all the economic gloom, the article on Kevin Beresford’s calendar celebrating the calf muscles of England and Manchester City footballer Jack Grealish (Metro, Thu) was a real laugh.

My wife has absolutely no interest in soccer, but as soon as I show her this article about Jack’s muscles, I’m sure she’ll be watching. Mark, Kingsbury

■ A calendar of Jack Grealish’s calf muscles? How completely bizarre! I will save my £12.50 thank you very much! Gregory, Edinburgh

Baa humbug on ‘sheep’ comments on tattoos

■ How aloof is Simon from Luton for implying that people with tattoos are “sheep” (MetroTalk, Thurs)? Getting a tattoo has always been about making a statement, whether it’s an act of rebellion or a token of your love for someone or something.

It’s a shame Simon calls people with tattoos sheep, but I should point out that he’s the one bleating the same tired claims about tattoos.

But I daresay we can’t expect much from the “sheep” who still think we’re in the 1990s and a tattoo makes you a thug or somehow incapacitated. Matthew, Birmingham

Heavily tattooed woman with a flower in her hair.

Tattoos are about showing your individuality, not being a sheep, says Matthew (Image: Getty Images)

■ When I was growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, the only people who had tattoos were seafarers. In short, the world would not be worse if it had stayed the same. Robert Boston, Kent

■ Simon from Luton – I bet you have fun at parties. Harris, Essex

Should we just give up the ghost at these supernatural stories?

■ Do you think the ghost commentaries (MetroTalk) were enough in the newspaper now? A few more comments each day that take up valuable space for more important things. We’ve got homeless people, strikes… but you make endless small talk about ghosts. You turn into another rampant non-real world publication with too much time on your hands.
Bored of non-stories, Gloucestershire

■ Reader Anthony says it has been haunted in three of the eight homes he has lived in (MetroTalk, Wed). I don’t doubt his sincerity, but when these apparitions weren’t shared, the fact that he experienced them often suggests they came from what they all have in common: the observer, rather than homes widespread are.

The mind can interpret stimuli in a variety of ways and experience a variety of dreamlike states, suggestions, and hallucinations. If a phenomenon is to be considered objectively “real,” then the first requirement is that the results should be reproducible by multiple independent observers. Brian Candler, Tonbridge

■ When our first son was three or four years old, we moved. The previous occupant had died. He was a nice guy and very tall. Our son used to talk about the big blue man ducking through doors.

One day we went into his bedroom where he was talking. We asked ‘Who are you talking to?’ and he said, ‘The old blue man.’ ‘What is his name?’ we asked. He said, ‘I can’t tell you.’ Simon Jenkins, Bromley

■ I once saw a ghost in my kitchen washing the dishes with Scary Liquid…
J. Dalton, Bognor Regis

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