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Mary Robinson’s Ecological Revolution

September 6, 2016
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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.

  1. September 6, 2016 8:45 am

    It’s all about people like that feeling good about themselves. They don’t really give a fig for the poor.

  2. David Richardson permalink
    September 6, 2016 8:49 am

    The Malthusian numpties will be the end of us all – Oh sorry that’s a bit negative isn’t it?

    Does Mary Robinson actually believe things are getting worse, or is it part of the agenda as you point out Paul?

    There is a constant drip feed of BS this year and it is orchestrated from a central point. I still cannot find the article from some months ago that analysed how items are deliberately mirrored around the pseudo-science world and the MSM to make a false consensus.

    I usually believe the cock-up theory as opposed to the conspiracy theory but this propaganda scheme is well organised. Tell a lie often enough it becomes the “truth”.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      September 6, 2016 1:18 pm

      UN Agenda 21 & Sustainability is not a “Conspiracy” per se as it is totally out in the open.
      But it is an Agenda and they are all on board, destruction of current economics and a one world government is what it is all about.

      • Rowland Pantling permalink
        September 6, 2016 1:25 pm

        Agenda 21is now supplemented by Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.

  3. NeilC permalink
    September 6, 2016 8:49 am

    Paul, you lasted 5 more minutes than I did. CAGW on Something Understood started about a year ago. I remember Mark Tully almost squirming when he mentioned Climate Change. He was obviously told to put it in the script.

    The BBC can only be regarded as a major propaganda broadcaster which most cetrainly does not like Britain. You should listen to some of the stuff they put out on World Service, CAGW nonsence on almost every programme about any subject.

  4. September 6, 2016 8:52 am

    Well meaning politicians, celebs and scientists who think that climate change is about to cause “the 2 deg K temperature increase” disaster are very dangerous. This BBC article appears at a first glance to be a cry from the heart to save the world from itself, and many viewers will be taken in by it.

    There is no real public body to present the faults in this argument, as you have done so clearly, so it becomes part of the brainwashing process that the BBC is leading, (after all she is preaching to the converted in this interview).

    An interesting issue here is whether she is supporting population growth (as a good catholic would) while demanding de-industrialisation. The combination of de-industrialisation and population growth is a certain route to global disaster.

  5. Ewing Caldwell permalink
    September 6, 2016 9:01 am

    There are two temperature reconstruction graphs on Wikipedia A click on each graph enlarges it.

    The first graph is the reconstructed temperatures for the last 5 million years. I think we can safely expect the right hand part of that graph to continue in just that way for several more millions of years.

    The second graph is a reconstruction for the last 65million years. The first graph is an enlargement of the bottom right hand corner of the second graph. I don’t think there’s a lot to worry about from an emissions point of view. As Nigel Calder put it in the book “The Chilling Stars; A Cosmic View of Climate Change” co-authored with Henrik Svensmark

    … the Galaxy is firmly in control of our climate.

  6. September 6, 2016 9:02 am

    Usual stuff from the UN and worse so from an academic that doesn’t do the leg work that you have done Paul.
    Mary Robinson sadly represents everything that is wrong with the UN and like her country keeps taking short cuts, fall for lies and corruption, works with rumours not facts and then to no surprise to people who can actually think, falls over into mayhem.

  7. richard walker permalink
    September 6, 2016 9:05 am

    However you look at it, there is NO existential threat to the future of this planet

  8. September 6, 2016 9:11 am

    The current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, is even worse. As an unelected bureaucrat, he has launched a scathing attack on Western populist politicians, branding them “demagogues and political fantasists”. Talk of pot and black kettle! The UN has become a force for evil. It does not like democracy.


  9. Ex-expat Colin permalink
    September 6, 2016 9:21 am

    Just so much costly crap on the BBC along with the BBC WS (Nigerian Editions). I heard it and took a look at her wiki page:

    Commendable? It would be perhaps if it wasn’t so much of the UN

    Just trash as usual

  10. September 6, 2016 9:53 am

    What exactly might this ‘revolution’ be trying to achieve? Apart from creating lucrative jobs for bureaucrats that is.

    • Joe Public permalink
      September 6, 2016 9:58 am

    • September 6, 2016 12:54 pm

      OB – lucrative jobs (and the neverending jamborees at tax payer expense) isn’t that enough? 😉

  11. September 6, 2016 10:05 am

    She appears to be a longing for medieval times. By ecological revolution she probably means a devolution to the good old horse and buggy days. But that message is being delivered to us by way of evil industrial-technological-capitalist tools. These are the same tools that empowered the peasants and the working class and gave rise to democracy and the human rights movement. She is either senile or a moron.

    • David Richardson permalink
      September 6, 2016 12:03 pm

      Yes well each of others can have their own view on that – one or the other or both perhaps?

      But I believe that people like her are just staring down the wrong end of the telescope and no amount of pointing out the dire history of such views will make any difference.

      To them – it doesn’t matter whether Paul Homewood (for want of an example) point out the truth of the current climate and its ways – to the Mary Robinsons of this world he will just be a big oil shill stilling waiting for his cheque. For Mary it is a case of “don’t confuse me with the facts – my mind is made up”.

    • Broadlands permalink
      September 6, 2016 3:56 pm

      Back to the good ole “horse-and-buggy” days? To the “honey-wagons)? With billions more people, how much CO2 would billions of tons of horse “exhaust” create? Perhaps Mary can “sequester” and store it somewhere before it creates a “catastrophe”?

  12. September 6, 2016 11:47 am

    I am reading “Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years” published in 2007 by S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery (I had the pleasure of meeting and talking w/ Mr. Avery 3 years ago at a panel on climate change hosted by my Congressman, David McKinley). Mr. Avery specializes in agricultural reconstruction of the past.

    The authors show that high-yield farming practices as opposed to those of the past actually reduce wildlife extinctions. They disturb less land and the fertilizers make it possible to utilize the same land instead of continually using new land or needing larger and larger tracts of land.

    It is actually those who are currently living under the system Mary so longingly seeks for all of us that are doing the most damage to the environment.

  13. tom0mason permalink
    September 6, 2016 11:59 am

    Maybe Mr Lawson should be next to ‘Something Understood’ BBC propaganda podium.

  14. September 6, 2016 12:14 pm


    Black Lives Matter protesters close London City Airport runway

    “”Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.”

  15. CheshireRed permalink
    September 6, 2016 12:18 pm

    Capitalism isn’t the problem, Mary Robinson. YOU are.

    People like her are causing worldwide unrest, agitating for ‘change’ when the system we already have, while being far from perfect, is a damn sight better than any alternative she could ever come up with. (See BLM at City Airport today as the latest example)

    Btw I went scuba diving off Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands 11 years ago. Strangely there was precisely no sea level difference between the islands then and when the US tested their nukes post war. (Just don’t eat the coconuts. 🙂 ) Just another scare to add to the rest. There really ought to be a law against deliberate, evidence-free scaremongering.

  16. September 6, 2016 12:28 pm

    It’s that word “existential” that always riles me. As Ewing Caldwell tells us above (with evidence) the planet has been around for at least the last 65 million years and it seems more than a little unlikely that varying the temperature by a couple of degrees will suddenly cause its demise.

    If Ms Robinson wishes to start an “ecological revolution” then will she please explain what that is and what she hopes it might achieve. Who knows but that I might agree with her aims at least, if not perhaps her methods? Either way asking for co-operation is likely to produce better results than threatening us all with horror stories.

    The scaremongering from people with no scientific knowledge but some sort of socio-political axe to grind is starting to become tedious and hopefully very soon counter-productive. There are improvements to be made to society both in general terms and in the specific area of poverty both in terms of physical well-being and educational attainment but they will be all the better addressed if people stop using global warming as a far-fetched excuse to impoverish half the planet in the forlorn hope that somehow or other this will improve the lot of the other half. It will, of course, but only by making us all equally destitute.

    I’m glad to see Joe Public giving Herr Edenhofer’s “foot-in-mouth moment” another airing except that no-one in a position to do anything about it is listening. Even those who know better pay lip service to the inane idea that you make poor people wealthy by making wealthy people poor. I believe it’s known as “virtue signalling”. I call it mass suicide.

  17. Gerry, England permalink
    September 6, 2016 12:52 pm

    Tim Ball’s latest article on WUWT talks about how climate change brought about the industrial revolution in response to the cold of the little ice age. Single room houses were replaced with smaller multirooms each with a fireplace. The demand for charcoal, fire wood and shipbuilding wood drove the advance of coal and then iron and steel as supply dwindled. Our modern technology makes it possible for the population to exist. Take away fossil fuel – for no good reason – and the population will collapse.

    • A C Osborn permalink
      September 6, 2016 1:26 pm

      Which is what they want, just read the history behind Agenda 21.

  18. tom0mason permalink
    September 6, 2016 2:22 pm


    You may be interested in this program I’ve just heard on the BBC Worldservice

    VERY alarming program about ‘fragile’ corals dying. Alarm, alarm and more propaganda.

    Over the past eight months almost a quarter of the Great Barrier Reef has died – according to some estimates – because of coral bleaching, which can happen when sea temperatures rise.

    No counter argument was offered. The fact that corals have been around for 2 million years or so seems to eluded these AGW advocates.

  19. John F. Hultquist permalink
    September 6, 2016 4:18 pm

    My Grandmother, from Béal an Átha Móir, sailed from Derry a long time ago because the land was just like Mary Robinson thinks it should be: green and brutishly poor.

  20. Billy Liar permalink
    September 6, 2016 4:28 pm

    Mary explores the plight of the Marshall Islands, which sit only two metres above sea level. She draws upon the work of Marshall islander Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner whose poetry lays bare the effects of climate change gross overpopulation on her place of birth. Over two-thirds of the population live in the capital, Majuro and Ebeye, the secondary urban center, located in Kwajalein Atoll.

    In 1960, the entire population was about 15,000. In July 2011, the number of island residents was estimated to number about 72,191.

  21. Gamecock permalink
    September 6, 2016 7:03 pm

    ‘give way to an ecological revolution. This has to become everyone’s agenda, to take part in this revolution.’

    To bind all people to a common agenda. ‘Ecological revolution’ is a prop to get people to agree to surrender. ‘Ecological revolution’ is a tool, not the goal.

  22. September 7, 2016 2:22 am

    It looks as though Mrs. Robinson (as the old song goes “Hey, hey, hey”) has changed her tune – again!

    A little over two years ago, as Ban Ki-moon’s duly anointed “Special Envoy on Climate Change”, she was singing a somewhat different – albeit an equally tossed ‘n dressed word-salad – tune:

    We need to change the debate on climate change – to move beyond its construct as a scientific or environmental problem and to realise that it is in essence an issue of development and of rights. Taking a climate justice approach to climate change means you respect human rights. I particularly welcome the Human Rights Council’s reaffirmation that human rights principles and obligations can inform and strengthen policy making on climate change at all levels.

    See: <a href="IPCC very quietly released Part 3 of AR5 The Movie

    As an aside, speaking of the 3rd world dominated abomination known as the UN’s “Human Rights Council” – and/or its various “parents”, arms, elbows, hands, fingers etc. – it is worth recalling that dear ol’ Mrs. Robinson was serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002.

    Consequently, she presided over what has come to be known – at least by those who are genuinely concerned about human rights – as the “Durban Débacle” of 2001.

  23. BrianJay permalink
    September 7, 2016 2:03 pm

    Perhaps this woman ought to go to Venezuela to see how food production is coming along in that socialist paradise. Or perhaps she might be able to convince Africans of the merits of the ecological revolution encountered there

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