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Climate Change Is Waycist!

January 28, 2022
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By Paul Homewood

h/t Joe Public

We know how utterly biased the BBC are when it comes to climate change, and how left wing they are.

They put the two together in this article which is nothing more than a piece of political propaganda:

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When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it was the city’s black neighbourhoods that bore the brunt of the storm. Twelve years later, it was the black districts of Houston that took the full force of Hurricane Harvey. In both cases, natural disasters compounded issues in neighbourhoods that were already stretched. 

Climate change and racism are two of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century. They are also strongly intertwined. There is a stark divide between who has caused climate change and who is suffering its effects. People of colour across the Global South are those who will be most affected by the climate crisis, even though their carbon footprints are generally very low. Similar racial divides exist within nations too, due to profound structural inequalities laid down by a long legacy of unequal power relationships.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220125-why-climate-change-is-inherently-racist

I won’t bore you with the rest of what follows. It is the usual load of tedious wokeness, with little basis in fact, and is simply the extremist viewpoint of the author.

It is based on the false assumption that both the Global South as a whole and minorities in western countries are adversely affected by the West’s industrialisation. To quote anthropologist Jason Hickel::

"The nations of the Global North have effectively colonised the atmospheric commons. They’ve enriched themselves as a result, but with devastating consequences for the rest of the world and for all of life on Earth."

We have of course been down this road before. By every metric the third world is immeasurably better off now than before the industrial revolution. This is no coincidence, it is a direct result of economic growth and technological development, all enabled by fossil fuels.

But poorer communities are always more vulnerable to the vagaries of weather, or indeed any natural calamity. The answer to that is not the abolition of fossil fuels, but to make those communities wealthier to enable them to be more resilient.

And, of course, that is exactly what has been going on in the last few decades. Thanks to economic development in the West, the third world economy has also been growing, benefitting from trade and western technology and expertise, not from aid.

The BBC article uses Zambia as a specific example:

Zambia clearly demonstrates this injustice of climate change. Average carbon footprints in Zambia are very low, coming in at just 0.36 tonnes per person per year – less than one-tenth of the UK average. Nevertheless, the country is facing environmental disaster, including a prolonged drought which left over a million people in need of food assistance in 2021.

"Zambia has been experiencing the negative impact of climate variability and change for the last three decades," says Zambian climate scientist Mulako Kabisa. "The biggest impact has been increased temperature and reduced rainfall, resulting in climate shocks that include droughts and floods."

These changes in rainfall and temperature have resulted in crop failure, livestock deaths and reduced the country’s GDP, she adds. "Droughts in particular have led to livelihood loss for the smallholder-dominated agricultural sector, because production is dependent on availability of adequate rain."

While specific events are often tricky to attribute directly to climate change, the IPCC has observed all these impacts in Southern Africa already. Worse is likely to come. "Local evidence and simulated projections all indicate that rainfall will be more variable," says Kabisa. "The production season will shift and drought incidents will be more frequent."

These experiences of climate breakdown generally don’t make the news. In an overview of the most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2021, Zambia came in at number one.

For the Zambian climate activist Veronica Mulenga, the justice implications are clear. "The climate crisis affects some parts of the planet more than others," she says. "Historical and present-day injustices have both left black, indigenous and people-of-colour communities exposed to far greater environmental health hazards than white communities. Those most affected by climate change are black and poor communities. As a continent we are one of the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change and we are left behind as the world progresses toward a low-carbon economy. Without taking into account those most affected, climate solutions will turn into climate exclusion."

This exclusion extends to international negotiations, where Mulenga says her country has been marginalised. "African voices are not well represented in climate summits, leaving climate justice out of the equation," says Mulenga. "At COP26 a lack of vaccines and funding available for African countries prevented many delegates and activists from taking part in the negotiations, including myself. Racism and white supremacy have long excluded African voices from environmental policy."

This sort of amateurish language belongs in a student common room, not in a supposedly objective, informative BBC report.

But where are the facts to back up these juvenile claims? Far from being hard done by, Zambians are twice as well off as they were just a couple of decades ago:

gdp-per-capita-maddison-2020

In particular, agricultural output, while showing the effects of drought in the last couple of years, has been rapidly expanding since the 1990s. The final year in the series, which is 2019, still saw the third highest output on record.

Dips in output, as seen lately, have happened before, and have nothing to do with climate change.

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As for climate change induced droughts, the World Bank Portal clearly shows there has been no long terms in rainfall for Zambia, though the 1960s and 70s were a much wetter period:

observed-average-annual

https://climateknowledgeportal.worldbank.org/country/zambia/climate-data-historical

And they comment:

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Of course, the BBC won’t tell you that, because it would spoil their climate narrative.

FOOTNOTE

If you think this lot is eerily familiar, you would be right!

The author, Jeremy Williams, published a book last year, called Climate Change Is Racist. I reviewed it at the time here, and it was as childishly absurd as this BBC piece is.

According to his Amazon blurb, Williams is is a writer and campaigner for environmental and social justice. He writes at The Earthbound Report (twice recognised as Britain’s leading green blog) and is editor of the Extinction Rebellion book Time to Act.

He has every right to promulgate his opinions, but why is the BBC giving oodles of publicity to a self-confessed eco-activist, without even any attempt to challenge what he says or publish alternate views?

31 Comments
  1. Athelstan. permalink
    January 28, 2022 6:21 pm

    What this bloke needs to learn is that life, it isn’t fair and never has been nor will be and that’s just a fact – of life.
    Geographical luck, a indented coastline plenty of scope to build ports and sea trade and ability to adapt, make stuff and apply knowledge, it got Europe ahead, that’s not racist it’s just down to hard graft. It might be argued that China was there first but they decided that they knew it all and retreated into isolation most favoured.

    He, Williams might also look at who are the major exploiters and colonialists in Africa now. Instead he potters around in the stricture of blm and its evident misanthropic prejudice, his delusional speculation is idle pseudo intellectual pulp.

    read more here: http://grassrootsluton.org.uk/news-events/2021/6/4/climate-change-is-racist-race-privilege-and-the-struggle-for-climate-justice

  2. January 28, 2022 6:34 pm

    Anyone know any countries that shunned railways, motor vehicles, planes, steamships,
    metal structures like bridges, fossil fuels generally, manufactured goods and suchlike when they became available due to industrial progress?

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      January 29, 2022 9:12 am

      For some years Zambia was a relatively wealthy African state because of its abundant copper reserves, most of which was exported to the West and Japan. The Copper Belt had good jobs, good schools, good hospitals and good roads. Zambians were setting up businesses to service all of that. But then a socialist government nationalised it all – late 1969 as can be clearly seen in the graph of GDP.

  3. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 28, 2022 6:40 pm

    “The climate crisis affects some parts of the planet more than others”
    The fact that ‘climate’ affects some more than others has nothing to do with the colour of your skin! It is all to do with the national government in those places. Perhaps the authors might rail against the kleptocratic rulers in their CO2-belching Mercedes and how these are causing their problems – which have nothing to do with climate and all to do with the 10 percenters (like Biden) ripping off their country.

  4. January 28, 2022 6:50 pm

    Oh the irony, if anything to do with climate change is racist it is the “fight” against it, a gigantic transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich. A recent youtube video featuring Prof Ian Plimer makes the point very well:

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      January 28, 2022 8:27 pm

      Excellent Review . . . thanks for that !

    • In The Real World It has been known permalink
      January 29, 2022 9:54 am

      It has been known for a long time that the aim of the Global Warming scam is nothing to do with the climate , but all about taking money from Western economies to bring about a ” One World Socialist Government “https://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/01/22/the-u-n-s-global-warming-war-on-capitalism-an-important-history-lesson-2/

      So it is not surprising that the green lefties keep on promoting their lies .

  5. Philip permalink
    January 28, 2022 7:13 pm

    Chuff me. Unbelievable.

  6. It doesn't add up... permalink
    January 28, 2022 7:34 pm

    Articles like that should come with a trigger warning. This might be a suitable prefix:

    Jeremy Warner is a Green campaigner and supporter of the extremist Extinction Rebellion group.

  7. marlene permalink
    January 28, 2022 7:41 pm

    Racists love to fling that word around, hoping to find another believer. It never occurs to these extremists that even calling someone or something “racist” is the worst form of racism. So “waycist” is the way.

  8. MrGrimNasty permalink
    January 28, 2022 8:34 pm

    “third world” is on the BBC offensive/derogatory list now, if an R5 caller says it, it gets the same reaction as the n or c words – I’m not even kidding.

  9. Coeur de Lion permalink
    January 28, 2022 10:46 pm

    The campaign by Greta Thunberg and her clique of scientists and politicians to deny the third world the benefits of fossil fuels is racist.

  10. Gamecock permalink
    January 29, 2022 3:03 am

    ‘There is a stark divide between who has caused climate change and who is suffering its effects.’

    A metrics free assertion.

    ‘Similar racial divides exist within nations too, due to profound structural inequalities laid down by a long legacy of unequal power relationships.’

    Wut?

    Psychobabble. Fostering personality disorder. The idea is to convince groups of people that their lower productivity is someone else’s fault. That they do not have the capacity within them to succeed. The solution is for the productive to give more to the less productive. They need white saviors. It is the creed of SLAVERY.

    It is a destructive philosophy. Jeremy Williams is part of the problem, not the solution.

    ‘When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, it was the city’s black neighbourhoods that bore the brunt of the storm. Twelve years later, it was the black districts of Houston that took the full force of Hurricane Harvey.’

    Cirrusly? Hurricanes are racist, too?

    ‘Historical and present-day injustices have both left black, indigenous and people-of-colour communities exposed to far greater environmental health hazards than white communities – Veronica Mulenga’

    What about Asian and Hispanic communities?

    Not reading any further. This is gross anti-white race hatred. Way to go, BBC.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      January 29, 2022 9:03 am

      Having worked in Zambia I can say with some certainty that Zambia’s problems stem first from a socialist government that nationalised its main industry, copper mining, (cheered on by the Left in the West, then let it go to wrack and ruin, and vast corruption at every level. The graph of GDP clearly shows nationalisation and the disastrous effect it had on a rising GDP. The climb in GDP after 2000 is largely due to the massive increase in copper price combined with the privatisation of mining.

      For the lastv70 years, Africa’s poverty has been caused by the Left in the West, as comparisons with countries thatvwere also dirt poor such as South Korea and Chile show.

      • Russ Wood permalink
        January 29, 2022 11:46 am

        More-or-less the same as is happening in South Africa. Socialist governments think that making a profit is bad, so industry has almost been destroyed, while mining (once the SA economy’s staple) is being so hemmed in by regulations that it’s almost impossible for a mine to make a profit. Weather can be good or bad, but ‘climate’ has nothing to do with a country’s success or otherwise.

  11. NeilC permalink
    January 29, 2022 5:42 am

    Climate is not about racism but political, both New Orleans and Houston voted Democrat, say no more.

  12. Phoenix44 permalink
    January 29, 2022 9:05 am

    When did “white supremacy” become something we al dovrather than the preserve of a handful of dim nutters in the American South? This stuff really stokes division and hate.

    • Gamecock permalink
      January 29, 2022 12:10 pm

      The Left will use the term as long as it gets traction. Truth not required.

  13. norman paul weldon permalink
    January 29, 2022 9:12 am

    The worldbank website certainly puts the claims into perspective, but Paul, do take the time to compare the text with the graph. They have a very biased way to interpret the data. And not only for Zambia. A deeper analysis on your part would most likely bring out the bias from them, and make an interesting post.

  14. Harry Passfield permalink
    January 29, 2022 10:50 am

    ‘Climate Change is racist’ – It’s not. But climate change promotion most certainly is.
    I know I’ve said this before but the conversion of a colourless gas to a BLACK element in order to scare people that a big black monster is going to destroy them, most certainly is.
    I know it sounds trivial but the constant repetition of the meme through government (!!)-backed propaganda could (a useful word I’ve picked up from the ‘science’) effect people’s attitudes in the future.

  15. 2hmp permalink
    January 29, 2022 11:14 am

    The BBC is entering its death throes

    • Crowcatcher permalink
      January 29, 2022 1:25 pm

      If only!

  16. January 29, 2022 11:53 am

    This BBC1 Wokeday Evening Trailer is worth a watch:

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      January 31, 2022 1:09 pm

      Thats gold ….Have the Prevent Stasi summoned you for a meeting Joe Public ?

  17. Eoin Mc permalink
    January 29, 2022 12:42 pm

    Thanks again Paul for your continuing indefatigability in systematically confronting the torrent of eco witchcraft.

    It’s from sites like yours and Anthony Watt that I’ve been enabled to join the dots. Unfortunately my experience with trying to engage even middle aged acquaintances and friends on the topic is invariably met with barely disguised impatience and/or pity.

    I have come round to the view that the reason for this lack of inquisitiveness generally, but most especially with eco propaganda, is laziness and unconscious deindividuation.

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      January 29, 2022 3:29 pm

      Well said !

  18. January 29, 2022 1:00 pm

    “challenge what he says or publish alternate views”

    Not allowed on the BBC. Environmentalists and climate alarmists are given free access to the BBC and cannot and are not ever challenged, no matter how ludicrous, biased or plain wrong they may happen to be. On many topics, they are the only voice that gets heard.

    The BBC is more enviromentalist even than the Guardian these days. Everything is looked at through highly distorted green spectacles. Incredible.

    • jimlemaistre permalink
      January 29, 2022 3:26 pm

      Galileo, the father of ‘The Modern Scientific Methods’, suffered 5 years of imprisonment and lived out his life under house arrest for his ‘Descenting Scientific Research’. The more things change . . . the more they stay the same. Environmentalism, today, is the new ‘Religion’ defining the prevailing ‘Global Consensus Views’ on Climate Change. The 2001 united nations document co-authored by Michael Mann that included his now famous ‘Hockey Stick Graph’ has become the new ‘Holy Grail’. Research . . . any Scientific Research counter to this Globally accepted consensus view that Climate Change is caused by humanity burning Fossil Fuels shall be deemed blasphemous to the ruling doctrine of our time, akin to ‘Satanic Worship’.
      The Truth . . . The Environment as a subject, is Explosive! You speak against its Edicts at your Peril. Accept the truth as prescribed from upon high, or suffer the Scorn and the Ridicule among your peers. Not to mention by society as a whole. Environmentalism is a relatively New Science and it is being truly tested for the first time. If Climategate starting in 2009 is any example, we can only imagine what is yet to come. When that One Stone gets overturned proving Collusion and Willful Deception. The un-scientific foundations that have been supporting the Environmental Movement since its inception will render it . . . Null.

      Sadly, to date, no self-respecting Media Representative wants to risk the Ire of their Peers or the Mandarins ruling the Environmental Movement or The Purveyors of Globalization in our New Social Construct. For they are ‘Brothers-in-Arms’, so to speak. Who wants to be the one to open Pandora’s Box? . . . It would be like pulling Hans Brinker’s finger from the Dyke or Killing the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg . . . The old adage . . .

      There are none so blind as those who will not see . . . How Ironic . . .

      My Thoughts . . .

  19. dennisambler permalink
    January 29, 2022 3:15 pm

    This stuff has been a long time in the making and gets constantly recycled, like all the other mantras. https://web.archive.org/web/20041124165112/https://www.d.umn.edu/~bmunson/Courses/Educ4234/ERacism-4234.pdf
    Page 10: David Friedman’s article from 1998 was entitled The “Environmental Racism” Hoax. (The American Enterprise. vol. 9, no- 6, November/December 1998) He shows the origin of the policy and how it was used by the Clinton Administration in the person of Carol Browner, to force through environmental regulations: This is how he described it:

    “Environmental justice” entered the activist playbook after a failed 1982 effort to block a
    hazardous-waste landfill in a predominantly black North Carolina county. One of the protesters was the District of Columbia’s congressional representative, who returned to Washington and prodded the General Accounting Office (GAO) to investigate whether noxious environmental risks were disproportionately sited in minority communities.
    A year later, the GAO said that they were. Superfund and similar toxic dumps, it appeared,
    were disproportionately located in non-white neighborhoods. The well-heeled,overwhelmingly
    white environmentalist lobby christened this alleged phenomenon “environmental racism’…

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