Monday, March 03, 2008

Lovelock - all gloom and doom

Now I have a lot of respect for James Lovelock, maverick or not; he has always made a lot of sense to me. (OK, so I'm a nutter then!). This from Saturday's Guardian contains a few gems of gloomy prediction which seem to even surpass what he's said before.

"Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time on wind turbines we need to start planning how to survive."

And I wholeheartedly agree with him on Carbon Offsetting and plastic bag bans too!

Me? I'm finishing work before 7pm for once and I'm off to the pub whilst decent beer is still an available (albeit less and less affordable) commodity! [Work has always been the curse of the drinking class!]

Some interesting letters in response in Tuesday's Guardian.

Addendum 2 (from Junkk Male): Lighten up, Lovelock

1 comment:

Peter said...

I didn't know what to do... or say about this piece.

Not exactly a rallying call for those trying to avoid what might be bearing down. More an excuse for hedonistic excess on a par with any movie/TV show on the last days of collapsing civilisations.

I am afraid I found it rather came across as 'I told ya so! And as I am old enough to be long gone when the sh*t hits the fan I guess I'll just lie back and enjoy the proceeds of being right'.

Now, the question is, do I continue in a rather difficult campaign of encouraging moderation/mitigation, or do I open the Restaurant at the End of the Universe whilst building a heavily-defended Ark to flog tickets for the Apocalyspe Cruise to those with anything left I may deem of value to buy a slot on board?

Tricky. Maybe the new media ... and money... is in being eco-Nostrodamuses!

ps: Welcome back. Good to have you back on (this) board. Hope the show went well.