Read my article about Ch4′s What the Green Movement Got Wrong at Spiked-Online.
Environmentalists have long claimed that their desire to save the world has been thwarted by conspiracies of Big Oil and right-wing think-tanks. Channel 4’s What the Green Movement Got Wrong (watch it here) showed signs that some environmentalists are at last beginning to take responsibility for their failures. But does it tell us anything we didn’t already know, and will the new environmentalists be so different from the old?
While you’re there, check out Brendan O’Neill’s excellent take on neomalthusianism.
When modern Malthusians insist that resources are finite, they only expose their historical illiteracy, misanthropy and social pessimism.
Arguing the corner for the neomalthusians, Adrian Stott of the OPT tries to defend his case.
Are we facing an existential environmental problem?
Yes. I hope we agree that the global environment is already in bad trouble, and getting worse. (If spiked is in denial over that, then there’s not much hope for this debate). The increasing rate of extinctions, the rising number of species suffering population declines in the order of 90 per cent (not just tigers, but sparrows and voles, too), the destruction of rainforests, the pollution of the oceans – the evidence is plain to see.
It’s plain to see that neomalthusians don’t really understand their own argument, nor the criticism of it, in spite of its historic failures.