I NOTICE (SasatNP, 4 April) a letter from an individual speaking in a manner that appears to be righteous indignation, suggestive of one who believes that he speaks not just for himself, but for a whole host of others.
And I don’t doubt that for one minute.
While it is right that people are allowed to hold and express their own views (and the opportunity to express them), I do believe that, when it comes to deriding those who attempt to act on behalf of everyone on this planet, those people have a duty to ensure that their message is both accurate and genuine.
Sadly the message proffered by this individual is anything but accurate.
He appears, as far as I understand, to be asking a group called Jersey Climate Action Network to refrain from urging action on climate change/ global warming (one is never sure which of these terms to use, as individuals such as this never pass up the chance to disparage the use of either). If that is so, I am left wondering how our planet – which is hard-pressed to respond to the demands humanity is making upon it – can possibly cope.
I’m aware he will say that it is not man’s actions – chiefly the burning of fossil fuels – that is the culprit, but that is false and therefore falls foul of the accuracy requirement above.
There is a massive body of scientific evidence linking global warming to anthropogenic action. I could blather on at great length citing many facts to underscore my case, but as these have been stated many times elsewhere, there is little point. Individuals such as this have a closed mind on the subject; their fixation on falsehoods is so strong that they are unable to accept any argument that contradicts their almost religiously fanatical beliefs.
So why does this modern-day Don Quixote continue to push a theory scientifically proven to be untrue? This is what worries me the most. If this person is so ignorant of the fact that science has, over the last century and a half, proven that global warming is a fact, surely he must fall into the category I have heard at least one ex-politician call a ‘useful idiot‘ – ie, used by others to promote an agenda without realising he is being used.
It is true that climate change has occurred on Earth for millions –no, billions – of years. What we are experiencing now is an accelerated global warming, caused by man’s profligate use of fossil fuels.
We should not continue to squander the Earth’s finite resources. The rate we are using fossil fuel is almost beyond imagination, and we must find alternatives. Unfortunately, by amalgamating this message with a load of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt), individuals such as this only succeed in undermining an important argument.
Colin Reynolds (after Gerard Baudains).