Mary Robinson’s Ecological Revolution
By Paul Homewood
BBC’s latest piece of global warming propaganda featured a half hour slot for Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
I sat through the first ten minutes, which largely consisted of mawkish reminiscing about babies being born, and long passages of angels singing!
Then she got to the nitty gritty, which the BBC summary pretty well sums up:
“Oh, things are so much worse”?
Really, Mary? Is that the best you can come up with?
We all know how subjective people’s opinion of the weather is.
Surely, as a former UN High Commissioner, you are aware of the agricultural statistics, which the UN’s own FAOSTAT agency produce each year?
And surely you are also aware of the massive increased productivity in Africa in recent years, regardless of the reason? This hardly justifies your ridiculous assertion that “things are so much worse”.
The final paragraph of the BBC’s summary rather gives away her true agenda:
Looking to the future, Mary argues "we have to move away from business as usual. The industrial and technological revolutions, I believe, have to give way to an ecological revolution. This has to become everyone’s agenda, to take part in this revolution."
Take away this “industrial and technological” revolution, and see how quickly those agricultural figures drop again. It is industry and technology, supported by plentiful, cheap energy and the capitalist system, which have been responsible for the transformation of African food production in the last 50 years.
It has also been responsible for the rise in living standards there, something that would have been unforeseeable a few short years ago.
By all means, have your ecological revolution, Mary. But ask yourself, how many Africans will die as a result of it.