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10:14 am, December 6th, 2017 - 44 comments
Categories: climate change, Conservation, disaster, Environment, farming, food, global warming, Media, science, sustainability, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: barry soper, david attenborough, george monbiot, nz herald
George Monbiot is an informed, fearless and independent journalist. This is what he has written recently about climate change.
Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention.
This is not to downgrade the danger presented by global heating – on the contrary, it presents an existential threat. It is simply that I have come to realise that two other issues have such huge and immediate impacts that they push even this great predicament into third place.
One is industrial fishing, which, all over the blue planet, is now causing systemic ecological collapse. The other is the erasure of non-human life from the land by farming.
And perhaps not only non-human life. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, at current rates of soil loss, driven largely by poor farming practice, we have just 60 years of harvests left. And this is before the Global Land Outlook report, published in September, found that productivity is already declining on 20% of the world’s cropland.
David Attenborough is a highly respected and renowned broadcaster on the natural world. This is what his most recent show Blue Panet 2 says about climate change.
Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean. “Surely we have a responsibility to care for our planet. The future of humanity and indeed all life on earth, now depends on us.” He has warned that the world’s oceans are turning into a “toxic soup” of industrial waste and plastic, putting the future of humanity at risk … “
Barry Soper is a compromised corporate puppet who earns his money by writing sycophantic articles to please the financial industries who own the media in New Zealand. This is what he wrote about climate change.
In his wretched and petty little article about climate change today , he compares people (like Monbiot and Attenborough) to religious zealots, likens Al Gore to the crazed pastor Brian Tamaki, demeans Prime Minister Ardern by describing her as ‘giggling’ and finishes the article by threatening her with this statement:
Ardern would to do well to reflect on that.”
‘That’ refers to the fact that just 43 percent of Americans think climate change will harm them personally.
It is little wonder so many Americans and New Zealanders are so ignorant about climate change when their source of information for this topic are fools like Soper rather than Attenborough and Monbiot.