British celebrity Russell Brand has spoken out about what he sees as a largely irrelevant political system in England, which fails to address Climate Change.
According to People Magazine:
Brand grew up in Greys, England, living mostly with his mother after his father walked out whilst Russell was only a baby.
With his mother battling cancer, he lived in situations which were both economically and socially challenging, leaving him with both depression and eating disorders by the age of eleven.
Having difficulty with his mother’s boyfriends, spending time with relatives and enduring sexual abuse from a tutor, it is hardly surprising that Russell is remembered by his teachers as an attention seeking student, regularly playing the fool and carrying out weird pranks including eating ants.
Despite being described by his teachers as a waste of space, and getting thrown out of boarding school for entertaining girls in his room, Brand displayed a talent for and interest in Drama, which saw him move to London by the age of 16, to attend the Italia Conti stage school.
Again his personal demons surfaced, he started using drugs and turned to smashing up school property and self destructive behaviour which saw him kicked out of two acting schools.
Brand turned to comedy, and rose to prominence after numerous questionable stunts, including appearing as Osama Bin Laden only one day after the September 11 attacks, facing his father in a boxing ring and other equally dubious stunts.
By 2004 he had been through rehab for his drug issues, but he was back in rehab again in 2005 fighting his sex addiction.
Brand turned his life story into a best seller called My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up
With trouble following him in Britain he turned his career focus to the USA, marrying pop queen Katy Perry in 2010 and taking the lead role in the remake of “Arthur “ in 2011.
Sadly 2011 also saw the end of his marriage to Perry.
Despite his personal issues Russell continues to land prime and diverse roles, including a role alongside Tom Cruise in the 2012 musical Rock of Ages among others, and his own TV show.
Recently Brand created a sensation when he appeared on stage as an award recipient on the GQ 2013 Men of the Year awards, linking sponsor Hugo Boss with Hitler’s Nazis.
This week Brand has been interviewed by the BBC after becoming the editor of a Political magazine despite refusing to vote in any election out of total indifference to the choices put before him.
Drawing on his under-privileged background Brand describes the British political system as totally irrelevant to interests of the majority of its citizens and has called for a revolution to create a new political structure that no longer presides over the destruction of the planet through Climate Change or the massive social disparity that exists world wide.
Brand calls passionately for a political system that no longer ignores the needs of the people, addresses the major issues of our times, and is no longer dictated too, or influenced by commercial interests.
It is hard to argue with his overall sentiments when recent studies by The Guardian have concluded that many major corporations still do not take Climate Change seriously. The Guardian sites Apple, Facebook, and Amazon among 97 global companies not embracing the issue
Whilst Blue Planet Custodians does not endorse all comments made by Brand in this interview, it is pleasing to see him stand up so publicly and passionately for the climate change debate.