Is passion supposed to replace common sense?
We understand the desire to join up and do something important.. it's "sexy" to save the world, but you gotta spend a couple of minutes to find out if you're really saving the world and not just being herded around by some politically motivated assholes, who may not really care that much about the environment but see this as some chance to raise money for whatever they think is a good idea. No end justifies the means.. of lying.
Nobody's going to listen to you if you say the world is not going to come to an end, but if you say the world IS going to come to and end, you get headlines. And so sensationalism, especially when it's combined with misinformation leads to a situation where people send gobs of money to these groups for campaigns that are actually totally misguided.
Basically, they are using sensation, misinformation and scare tactics.
I'm Patrick Moore, an ecologist and life-long environmentalist.
The environmental movement was basically hijacked by political and social activists who came in and very cleverly learned how to use green rhetoric and green language to cloak agendas that actually have more to do with anti-corporatism, anti-globalization, anti-business, and very little to do with science or ecology. And that's when I left.
And what did he leave? The Greenpeace Organisation.
Yeah, Patrick Moore is a founder and former president of the grand daddy of all environmental groups.
I realized that the movement I had started was being taken over by politicos, basically, and that they were using it for fundraising purposes.
And it drives me even further crazy to have them say they're against globalization when their main tools of trade are cell phones and the internet. It just makes no sense at all to be against science and technology, and then to use science and technology, whether its jet planes to get to international environmental meetings, or cell phones or laptop computers. You're part of globalization. So how can you be against it?
It’s important to note that if you’re pro-socialism, or anti-globalism, or anti-corporation, those are all fine, debatable ideas.
But couching them in environmentalism is bullshit! Just say what you mean. Don’t say, “Corporations are bad because the water is worse today,” because the water ISN’T worse today! We’re not going to say there are no good arguments to socialism, but the environment ain’t one of them!
The solution side is to try and figure out how to do things better, not to have campaigns against everything in the world but rather to have campaigns in which you're shifting from the way you did things before into doing things in a new way that still provides the goods and services we need but do so at less cost to the environment.
Of course there are real problems with the environment and it's a natural thing to want to save the world, to be the HERO, to purge the corruption, to lead the revolution.. and revolutions are essential, revolution gave us freedom, revolution gave us science, without revolution we shrivel we die. But when we feel that sexy instinct to save the world we are especially vulnerable. If we do not stop to do our homework we can waste our nobelist instincts on bullshit. It's easy to feel like a hero, it's a little harder to be one.
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