Climate change / creatives money distribution / child mental health system.

I would like to cover three topics that the main news has broadcast today. I’m putting them all in the same entry because my contribution isn’t going to be long enough for separate posts.

I shall start with climate change. The floods we are seeing in some countries, including our own (London flash floods earlier this week), are things we haven’t previously seen in our lives. Did anyone notice how different things seemed during our time in lockdown throughout the world last year? The smell of pollution actually left the air. Nature started becoming more visible. Now we’ve gone back to normal and it’s started reversing with vengeance. The break that we gave it last year has probably has made the effects ten times worse because it had detoxed a bit then we unleashed all the world chemicals back into the atmosphere when we came back out of lockdown. However, that has just proven what the climate activists had been saying shortly before all the virus situation kicked off.

The next part of the news was on about creatives like songwriters etc aren’t getting paid much when it comes to streaming services but the record companies are getting much more of a percentage. This is a major issue for those of us that create stuff like music, books etc. We get a tiny amount of money in comparison to agencies which represent us. The amount of work we have to produce to break even to just live without some form of top up benefit from the government in normal times let alone after the covid fallout. I don’t have the confidence to ever come fully off benefits due to the unstableness of the creative industry. I’m trained in am area where I either end up doing stuff for free or very little money. I’m not a huge fan of agencies / middle man type companies getting masses amounts of money when those of us below them actually do the work. It’s completely unfair. Yes, agencies get us work (when we manage to get properly established) but they merely make phone calls, hold meetings … they don’t have creative skills only marketing expertise.

I’m going to finish off with the child mental health system in this country. It’s always been the same. The groups of children being failed are also the same nowadays as they were when I was at school. I’m not surprises that the child in the news article had adhd/autism. I hear the same stories from parents of autistics and autistics themselves on a daily basis regarding the system being unsuitable to provide successful support for those on the spectrum. There’s a wide scale problem in this country. Most of us live in some form of mental crisis and unstable circumstances because our system doesn’t prevent them mentally deteriorating to that level of poor mental health or/ and poverty.