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Climate Change Is “Bigger Existential Threat Than Nuclear War” , Says Nutty Sustainability Advisor

March 26, 2023

By Paul Homewood


Why does the Telegraph give publicity to nutters like this?




To claim that the impact of climate change meant that the construction and use of buildings are now a “bigger existential threat than nuclear war” is something that nobody in their right mind would say, and is an insult to those who lost their lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

And he is not even right about “buildings accounting for 15% of emissions”. It is the people who live in them who need energy to live their lives.

And it is irrelevant how “green” you make buildings – their construction will still require concrete, metals and equipment, all of which involve large amounts of fossil fuels in their production, transportation and use. And I doubt whether his preference for refurbishing rather than new build will have much effect either, since new builds can be designed to be much more energy efficient.

The end logic of Mr Sturgis is that we should all go back to living in mud huts.

Unfortunately Sturgis is just another of those attention seekers, who want to push their extreme agendas onto the rest of us. Shame on the Telegraph for giving him the opportunity.

  1. March 26, 2023 11:45 am

    “Architects told to swear an oath to ‘do no harm’ to the planet”

    No probs.

    Provided all those demanding the signature have already sworn an oath to neither use nor benefit from any fossil fuels, or, exhale planet ‘harming’ CO2.

    • gezza1298 permalink
      March 26, 2023 12:13 pm

      You could say the same of the virtue-signalling lawyers who have declared that they won’t work on prosecutions of the eco-terrorists or in defence of oil and gas companies. The more hypocrisy you encounter with these people, the more you can see how the leftie cancer is spreading through our society.

      • M E permalink
        March 27, 2023 10:09 am

        Oh,dear. I wickedly thought when I read about the lawyers , that an Oil Company pays better than a bunch of students when the legal fees are requested for services rendered . They will soon be out of business no matter how many poor students they help. But they will feel noble !

    • Matt Dalby permalink
      March 27, 2023 10:17 pm

      Mr Sturgis could help the planet by swearing an oath to go and die in a ditch.

  2. March 26, 2023 12:18 pm

    Those in medicine used to swear an oath to do no harm to their patients…..we see where that has gone.

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      March 29, 2023 7:48 am

      “The end logic of Mr Sturgis is that we should all go back to living in mud huts ”

      Termite colonies live in mud mounds and termites emit more methane annually than all human emissions …..The point is there is no existential threat exceeding the natural world and modern buildings may well impinge upon and damage ecologies and the natural environment however more sturdy and durable buildings protect human lives from extreme weather disasters which are in fact declining globally by 10% since the start of this century …..So where is the definitive signal of this ‘climate crisis ” in the age of mass industrialization and huge human population increases ? ……As we can see from the encroachment of palm oil plantations to produce ethanol as a fossil fuel alternative , the government crackdown on farmers in the Netherlands and the dystopian consequences of organic farming collectivism in Sri Lanka the real threat to human well being and the environment is posed by Green totalitarians ….Was Mr. Sturgis an advisor to the World Wildlife Fund when the NGO was “sustainably ” financing violent paramilitaries and rangers to attack indigenous forest tribes

  3. dennisambler permalink
    March 26, 2023 12:26 pm

    Schellenhuber thinks we should build wooden skyscrapers…

    • lefallois permalink
      March 26, 2023 12:32 pm

      My old microbiology Professor advocated building hospitals of wood and burning them down every 5 years to prevent build-up of harmful bugs.

      • Chaswarnertoo permalink
        March 26, 2023 6:18 pm

        Actually a good idea.

      • March 26, 2023 7:58 pm

        We had those before and after the last war. Problem was they did not knock them down for 30-50 years

      • lefallois permalink
        March 27, 2023 12:38 pm

        I didn’t know that. Perhaps that’s where he got the idea. He was “war generation”. Very interesting. Thankyou.

  4. geoffb permalink
    March 26, 2023 12:39 pm

    Well Mr Sturgis, please design either a 30 metre bridge or 30 metre high rise office block (your choice) using no concrete(cement), Iron and Steel, plastic (for the water pipes and electrical insulation) and no glass for the building. Two more provisos, it should be affordable and be safe, no fire risk or structural weaknesses. He is an expert on net zero, that is a good oxymoron.

    • Broadlands permalink
      March 26, 2023 1:03 pm

      A sustainability expert on net zero? He should certainly know (by definition) that whatever he does as an architect must be able to take out as much CO2 as he has put in. Good luck on that.

  5. Thomas Carr permalink
    March 26, 2023 12:46 pm

    Clap trap in its purest form.Makes the work of one profession at least largely redundant.

  6. Epping Blogger permalink
    March 26, 2023 12:49 pm

    It is more urgent for architects and planners to promise not to damage our communities with the poorly designed boxes they design for us.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      March 26, 2023 3:19 pm

      Or the concrete brutalism they inflicted in us for decades because they knew what we ought to like and want.

  7. thecliffclavenoffinance permalink
    March 26, 2023 1:11 pm

    I took a Nutty Sustainability class in college
    The Nutty Sustainability Professor had lots of free nuts in the classroom.
    But we did not have a Nutty Sustainability Advisor.

    I also took the following courses:

    Blarney Biology
    Crazy Communications
    Loony literature
    Eccentric economics
    Surreal sociology
    Wacky western civilization
    Absurd art
    Goofy geography
    Absurd accounting
    Hysterical history
    Deranged differential equations
    Erratic earth science
    Flaky finance
    Irrational interior design
    Preposterous physics
    Nutty nutrition

    And then they gave me a BS degree
    I’m not sure what BS stands for

  8. ancientpopeye permalink
    March 26, 2023 1:16 pm

    From where do they dig them up?

  9. Ray Sanders permalink
    March 26, 2023 1:35 pm

    There are plenty of raving nutters out there but the real issue is why is the Telegraph highlighting them? Is the DT now a being run like a Victorian freak show? How much was “Neil Johnston Senior News Reporter” paid to report on such drivel? Ultimately who gives a flying bonk what a deranged idiot like Simon Sturgis jerks off on?
    The DT is rapidly pursuing The Graun on its way down the tubes. This really is pathetic stuff from our supposed “quality media”.

    • dennisambler permalink
      March 26, 2023 10:47 pm

      “The DT is rapidly pursuing The Graun on its way down the tubes. This really is pathetic stuff from our supposed “quality media”.”

      No surprises:
      The Daily Telegraph
      Division: Global Policy and Advocacy
      Date: MARCH 2022
      Region served: GLOBAL+3
      Committed amount: $2,434,447
      Grant topic: Global Health and Development Public Awareness and Analysis
      Duration (months) 36
      Grantee location: London, United Kingdom

      Guardian News & Media Ltd:
      Division: Global Policy and Advocacy
      Date SEPTEMBER 2020
      Region served: GLOBAL+1
      Committed amount: $3,499,032
      Grant topic: Global Health and Development Public Awareness and Analysis
      Duration (months): 36
      Grantee location: London, United Kingdom

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      March 26, 2023 10:55 pm

      Be fair.

      The Telegraph (and most of the MSM) has had an enormous bung from HMG (paid for by your money, or extra money printing to impoverish you, dear reader).

      They have also had an enormous bung from Billy Gates, paid for by Billy Boy’s disfunctional software and his enormous Big Pharma profits. It is likely that Soros and other evil swine also have thumbs in the pie.

      You don’t really expect The Telegraph to care a fiddler’s fart about their readers, do you, let alone something as Olde Worldy as the Truth?

      So long as they are, say, only 95% as blatantly mendacious and absurd as the Grauniad, they’ll all go home every evening thinking that they have done a really good job and feel like heroes.

  10. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    March 26, 2023 2:00 pm

    Sturgis might well be an attention seeker who wants to push his agendas upon us. He may well be just a deluded foot soldier, an ‘expert in net zero’, whatever that can possibly mean (an expert would know it is nonsense on stilts), but he is a harbinger.

    The EU is where you have to look because they legislate for things before they even announce them. Fait accompli.

    This is what is coming, and sure as eggs is eggs the UK will follow:
    Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. It is mandatory and crippling, and will activate in 2030, a strangely familiar date.

    You will not be able to afford to own a home and you will be happy relocated to your 15 minute city.

  11. Bob Schweizer permalink
    March 26, 2023 2:50 pm

    Have you, or anyone, pointed this out to the Telegraph? I also was dumbfounded by the absence of any rationale for them posting the stupid article.

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      March 26, 2023 10:58 pm

      Rationale? We don’t need no stinking Rationale!

      We got HMG and full Uniparty policy, based on ‘The Settled Science’. And that’s bullet proof!

  12. Harry Passfield permalink
    March 26, 2023 3:18 pm

    I’m just waiting for the CC ambulance-chasers to declare that the awful tornadoes that have devastated parts of Missisippi were down to global warming. As if they’ve never ever happened before.

  13. Phoenix44 permalink
    March 26, 2023 3:18 pm

    Well fist define your terms. What is “the environment”? London? How about the North Sea, with those lovely wind turbines killing birds and disturbing marine life? Or the man-made landscape of the Cotswolds, shaped by millennia of farming? As usual, just meaningless platitudes that aren’t meant to go anywhere but make him feel very pleased with himself.

  14. liardetg permalink
    March 26, 2023 3:38 pm

    Poor Sturgis is a Net Zero expert? What’s that? Oh he has a solution to decarbonise aviation? And motor transport? Oh he drives an EV? What about thousands of huge diesel powered artic lorries you creaking moron?

  15. fretslider permalink
    March 26, 2023 4:07 pm


    Click bait

  16. Gamecock permalink
    March 26, 2023 4:46 pm

    ‘Sustainability advisor’ sounds like a commissar there to look over everyone’s shoulder.

  17. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    March 26, 2023 6:20 pm

    Net zero is a very stupid idea and anyone who believes in it should stop exhaling CO2, right now!

    • March 26, 2023 7:55 pm

      I agree. I year or to back I came up with an idea at my 3 beer stage. Given that there are approx. 410 ppm CO2 in the atmos and given that the greentards are all hyperventilating over it maybe someone should point out that maybe they should think about the 30,000ppm CO2 they exhale with every breath. I then developed the idea and thought how after pointing this out, to then invite them to take part in a world hold your breath day to save the planet….Maybe we would get some winners. It can be hoped we can count on “Simon” to embrace the moment………

  18. John Hultquist permalink
    March 26, 2023 6:28 pm

    Neil Johnston is a “Senior News Reporter” for, I assume, the Telegraph. I also assume her/he/they was asked, or self-selected, to attend and report on the SAVE Britain’s Heritage annual lecture.
    What Neil J. believes as true or good about this lecture is difficult to tell from the included image of the text.
    I further suspect that Simon Sturgis has made a good sum of money by flogging this low carbon scam. But a “dead horse”, whether a pub bill, straw effigy, or an honest to goodness deceased horse isn’t going anywhere.

  19. March 26, 2023 7:28 pm

    Climate change or Nuclear war….. hmmm a tough one (not). Think I will stick with climate change given that it has been around for 4.5 billion years and the warming version of it is infinitely preferable to the cooling version.

    What is clear is that there is no level playing field. Nobel prize winning physicists saying there is no problem do not get publicity but crackpots pushing the klymutt propaganda do….. hmmm seems like we is being had!

  20. March 26, 2023 7:43 pm

    Simon says eh? Wot else does Simon say I wonder and why should we hear about it? He sounds quite a fun guy…not


    I am so sick and tired of the incessant meaningless science free climate porn predicated on emption and the wilfully ignorant arts graduates who promote it. Now the political story writers/inventers of the IPCC have has their emotional term inflation meeting and agreed on “Code Red” we can now settle down in the knowledge that there can be no more emotional climate BS term inflation now they have reached the ultimate or…. will we be subjected to ceremonies with wailing masses wearing sack cloth (no doubt fetching polyester numbers) and ashes where Code Red lightbulb one is lit and then they can go on for everrrrrrrrrrrrrrr lighting a new bulb every year? How absurd these people are. I can even make it personal and say what worthless parasites all of you are who make money out of this fraud. I call you all out every man/woman/it of you!

  21. Ian PRSY permalink
    March 26, 2023 10:23 pm

    The proposal is quite easily satisfied. Shortly after declaring a climate emergency, my council approved the biggest logistics depot in Europe (I may have mentioned this before). All they had to do to keep a clear conscience and proceed towards their carbon-free future was to specify that the project should use “sustainable construction” methods and produce a 10% increase in biodiversity. The developer/owner satisfied their consciences by including a bike shed and a few car charge points. Simples. Cynical? Moi?

  22. Mike O permalink
    March 26, 2023 10:54 pm

    It is correct but it is not directly the stupidity of the Western world in so-called fight to change the climate makes it the biggest threat we have. The so-called cure is much worse than the perceived disease.

  23. cookers52 permalink
    March 27, 2023 5:58 am

    What is “the Environment ” ???

  24. Up2snuff permalink
    March 27, 2023 9:19 am

    PH: “Why does the Telegraph give publicity to nutters like this?”

    It is the new religion; we are reverting to paganism.

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