Yes, Let’s All Become 18th Century Peasant Farmers!

March 4, 2014 13 Comments
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Mary Robinson (once president of Ireland, now full-fledged ecoloon) demands sacrifices for Gaia!

Our planet is warming to a catastrophic extent, and the human race must step up.

We must..?

The divestment campaign – which originated in the United States and is now making its way across the Atlantic – is one shining example of what is needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Transforming our economic system to one based on low-carbon production and consumption can create inclusive sustainable development and reduce inequality.

Hmmm, and will you be tilling the fields and working at the cotton gin, Mary?

The premise of the divestment campaign is simple: non-profit organisations must move their investments away from fossil fuels, reducing the power and influence this industry has on society. Initially focusing on universities – in the UK alone, their endowment funds have invested £5bn in coal, oil and gas – the campaign’s message has since had an influence on other organisations, such as the Church of England, which this month said it would pull its investment in companies that didn’t do enough to fight climate change.

Gosh, I bet the energy companies were really concerned…

The reality of climate change, of which Britons have had all too much experience recently, may be the catalyst for even more ambitious action.

She means the floods, of course. As Tory Aardvark notes, these have been a godsend for the Green fruitcakes.

We already have the scientific knowledge available to us. Among members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations climate panel, there is a 97% consensus that humans are causing global warming.

So what? I’d expect to see a 99% consensus amongst the Flat Earth Society members that you could go sailing off the edge of the world, but that wouldn’t make it true, would it?

But Mary thinks the youth of today will be our saviours:

The active role of young people is worth noting. As with the anti-apartheid campaign in the 1980s, students today are taking action that can determine their futures – and the futures of generations to come – for the better. They are showing the world that, once again, a transformation in how we grow our economies is essential.

Are they? Maybe until the energy runs out and they can’t use their iPads, yes. Then they might start building a few low-carbon, environmentally friendly wicker men for the likes of you

Meanwhile, the temptation to invest in coal, oil and gas is heightened by countries’ fossil fuel subsidies that, worldwide, amount to $1.9tn a year, according to the International Monetary Fund. Such subsidies enable the fossil fuel industry to perpetuate the notion that renewable energy is more expensive.

But we all know that it is. And that’s because of subsidies.

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13 Responses to Yes, Let’s All Become 18th Century Peasant Farmers!

  1. john in cheshire
    March 4, 2014 at 8:43 am

    JuliaM, Ms Robinson can believe whatever she wishes. What I object to is that she is afforded a public platform to spout this crap, and hardly anyone is given access to the same media outlets, in order to refute what she and the rest of those like her, are saying.

  2. Hereward unbowed.
    March 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

    “Are they? Maybe until the energy runs out and they can’t use their iPads, yes. Then they might start building a few low-carbon, environmentally friendly wicker men for the likes of you…”

    Aye and then the likes of Mary contrary will blame the English, for no power, the for potato blight and no doubt too – lay it at the door of The Lord Protector of the commonwealth of England – an Irish republican default fall back position.
    Though she might like to look at this and explain how Ireland is going to survive without its ‘dirty’ fossil fuels?
    link to en.wikipedia.org

    NO chance.

  3. Woman on a Raft
    March 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I would like some of what Mary is smoking, please.

    How on earth do grown adults stand there and have absolutely no concept of how the materiel which surrounds them from their panty liners to their coffins is produced? I can forgive this amongst young bunnies who have a Teletubby-like concept of the world, but surely by the time you are her age, you have more of an idea?

    Apparently not.

    P.S. the wicker man line is brilliant.

  4. Lynne at Counting Cats
    March 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Despite the jokes the Irish aren’t stupid. They are too busy surviving being made a fiscal sacrificial goat to the EU to pay attention to economy wrecking greenie bullshit like this. They are also the reason why Airy Mary is no longer President.

  5. Stonyground
    March 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    “Our planet is warming to a catastrophic extent”
    are you sure about that Mary?

    link to wattsupwiththat.com

  6. March 5, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    “Our planet is warming to a catastrophic extent”

    erm, no.

    I take it I don’t need to read further?

    • Stonyground
      March 7, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Did you check out my link Bucko?

      • Bucko
        March 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

        Eye :smile:

  7. Steve
    March 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    There has been no warming for nearly as long as the EU’s books have remained unaudited.
    That’s a long, long time. :shock:

  8. Sackerson
    March 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

    18th C peasant farmers: We’ll get there anyway, in the end – if we don’t have some dreadful collapse first. Fortunately, you and I will probably be OK as SKIs (Spending the Kids’ Inheritance).

  9. March 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    ‘Tis toim she switched off her battery-operated, shamrock adorned, pointy, tin-foil hat. I’tis, i’tis.

  10. March 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    ‘Tis toim she switched off her battery-operated, shamrock adorned, pointy, tin-foil hat. I’tis, i’tis. The heat has gone to her head, I’tas.

  11. March 11, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    ‘Tis toim she switched off her battery-operated, shamrock adorned, pointy, tin-foil hat. I’tis, i’tis. The heat has gone to her head. I’tas.

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