Chapter Nineteen

London, Monday, October 22

Myron Hill is a long-time environmental campaigner joining celebrities who embrace the aims and agenda of Environment Rebellion, challenging serious global issues and making the public aware of the potential threats of climate change

   Articulate and eloquent, Hill’s natural charm contributed in helping him build a dedicated circle of influential friends in showbiz, business and politics, while rugged good looks, an expensive education and family wealth gives him the means to travel the world to monitor and campaign at environmental hotspots.

   Hill also has a secret he has never revealed to anyone; not even those closest to him, although he has few really close friends and even fewer long-term romantic attachments because of the nomadic lifestyle. His secret is that he has a psychic ability which he finds invaluable for reading people and their intentions.

   Hill, in short, is a very persuasive individual and it came as no surprise to commentators that he played a leading role in Environment Rebellion, helping to close down parts of London earlier in the year. It was Hill who issued an open letter on social media which said: ‘We further call on concerned global citizens to rise up and organise against current complacency in their particular contexts, including indigenous people’s rights advocacy, decolonisation and reparatory justice – so join the movement that is protesting against global warming.

   Shortly afterwards the 39-year-old risked arrest at Waterloo Bridge before telling a reporter: ‘I feel like it is really, really, tough to disrupt people’s lives like this, but this is really important because I believe the disruption that will come down the line if we do not declare a climate emergency and do not tackle this situation of climate change will just dwarf any inconvenience here today.’ Hill, however, managed to avoid arrest; indeed, he has a reputation among his colleagues in the various movements he has been involved in for staying out of jail, whatever the protest might happen to be about or however much disruption it causes.

   He has also been largely responsible for making the Environment Rebellion international with protests in New York, Paris and other capitals as well as provincial cities in the UK.

   More recently, Hill has also developed an interest in HAARP after whispers began circulating around climate change activists about something in Alaska called Poseidon. All enquiries about what it might be simply drew a blank.Nobody knew anything about it other than it was supposed to be a research project into the weather, but gradually, rumours began to trickle out that whatever was going on there could be a global threat. Social media began to feature conspiracy theories, some of them patently ridiculous, but others had a leavening of truth but still little by way of solid facts. It all reeked of an official cover-up which was enough to arouse Hill’s continued interest.

   So, Hill made the trip to Gakona in Alaska in October and saw for himself the barbed wire, the watch towers, the armed guards. He stopped his car and took pictures but within minutes a half-track appeared in from of him full of heavily armed troops who discouraged him from staying any longer. Normally, Hill would stand his ground in the face of official bullying and argue that he has a perfect right to take pictures in a public place, but on reflection, he had seen what he had come to see and was convinced that whatever is going on there is something they do not want civilians to see.

   There did, however, appear to be something of a flap on at the time with a helicopter hovering above and the half-track taking off in the direction of Anchorage. Hill followed at a distance keeping well behind, almost out of sight.

   Ten miles further down the road, alongside the Copper River, the halftrack stops, and salvage vehicles are pulling a 4×4 out of the river. Hill also stops a little further on and gazes out of his rear-view mirror. The car has obviously skidded off the road during the violent storm that swept over the area the previous night. There does not appear to be anyone in the 4×4; no ambulances or emergency vehicles are present, just the military. The occupant must either have been rescued earlier or somehow escaped he reasons. So why are the military so interested in a civilian car found in a river? Surely that would be a matter for the state troopers or the police. It is an intriguing question. And Hill likes intriguing questions because they usually point to official secrets and official secrets usually involve furtive activities the authorities would rather keep hidden. The inescapable answer that Hill comes up with is that it was the person in the car that the military are so keen to find, a person who was evidently on the run but on the run from what?  He puts his car in gear and drives on to Anchorage with the intention of visiting the local emergency hospital to ask if anyone has been rescued from the Copper River. Yes, that could be interesting, he decides.

   More recently, he was intrigued when he read a report of a HAARP scientist being murdered in Liverpool and was convinced that it could not be a coincidence. What was a HAARP scientist doing there? he asks himself. Liverpool too could be worth visiting. It’s a place he hasn’t been to before despite having heard a lot about it over the years.

   In the meantime, he has a backlash against Environment Rebellion to deal with. A familiar gallery of super trolls have mocked Hill as both bourgeois elitist and a ‘cultish doom-monger.’  

   Hill grins at that. You know you are winning an argument when your opponent’s go after your background, he thinks.  When they start going after your tone, you know you’ve won. The same critics have cast Environment Rebellion as the reaction of the privileged few, punching down at the emerging beneficiaries of mass consumer culture by promulgating ‘hair-shirted Leftyism’ instead of their preferred technological optimism. He laughs out loud at that.

   But back to the barricades. Hill is off to the City in a renewed bid to persuade financiers to back the aims of Environment Rebellion. He puts the finishing touches to a statement he is about to issue: ‘We aim to engage with the business community. We’ve already talked to [governor of the Bank of England] Mark Carney, Legal & General and Axa but we’re going to step it up by forming a ‘business declares emergency’ movement. We want large banks, insurance companies, pension funds and hedge funds to openly declare we have a climate emergency and commit to zero emissions by 2025.’

   He smiles. That should do it. He will issue it today. And then on to Bristol and then Liverpool.

Published by pod1942

I am a cereer journalist having worked for the London Dail Mail, Reuters and latterly the Liverpool Daily Post on Merseyside as well as the journalists’ leader in the region. I have experience as a crime reporter, feature writer, business editor and latterly, a senior sub-editor. My qualifications include a BA (Hons) English, from the University of Liverpool; a BA (Hons) Fine Art and an MA in Creative Practice both from Liverpool Hope University. I now divide my time between art and writing. I will shortly be publishing my first full-length novel, The Poseidon Files and as a taster I have written a short story which features the same central female character in which she talks about her world and her life. It is, however, essentially a ghost story.

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