In an interview with The Times (London) this week, Lord Nicholas Stern became the latest high-profile proponent of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to suggest that avoiding meat would help to ‘save the planet’. In September 2008, Rachendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), delivered a lecture in London on meat consumption and climate change, arguing that producing meat had a bigger impact on global temperatures than transport.
But never mind innovation and problem-solving. The truth is that eating meat, jetting around the globe and so on do not fit in with the hairshirt mentality of environmentalists, either the radical ones or the ones in officialdom. For greens, humanity should be apologising for its very existence and doing everything in its power to make the smallest possible impact on the Earth. If the treehuggers want to stay at home eating lentils and composting, that’s up to them; different strokes for different folks, as they say. However, when the leading lights of the climate change industry like Stern try to tell us that we’ve got to change our wicked ways – often on the basis of flimsy or overblown evidence – there’s only one thing to say: burger off. Full story...
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