Tutu Goes Koo-Koo…

Desmond Tutu jumps a Megalodon-sized shark over climate change:

Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change.

How nice of you to excuse them, your worshipfulness. Except I seem to recall, back then, all the alarmist reports about a ‘new Ice Age’…

Today we have no excuse. No more can it be dismissed as science fiction; we are already feeling the effects.

Oh, we don’t dismiss it as science fiction – we dismiss it as a religion, or as an opportunity to control people (if those two things aren’t the same thing…).

If the negative impacts of the pipeline would affect only Canada and the US, we could say good luck to them. But it will affect the whole world, our shared world, the only world we have. We don’t have much time.


Who can stop it? Well, we can, you and I. And it is not just that we can stop it, we have a responsibility to do so. It is a responsibility that begins with God commanding the first human inhabitants of the garden of Eden “to till it and keep it”. To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it.

What..? Seriously..?

Throughout my life I have believed that the only just response to injustice is what Mahatma Gandhi termed “passive resistance”. During the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, using boycotts, divestment and sanctions, and supported by our friends overseas, we were not only able to apply economic pressure on the unjust state, but also serious moral pressure.

It is clear that those countries and companies primarily responsible for emitting carbon and accelerating climate change are not simply going to give up; they stand to make too much money. They need a whole lot of gentle persuasion from the likes of us.

That would be the ‘us’ that use the power they generate, and won’t be giving it up any time soon?

People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. We can, for instance, boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil-fuel energy companies. We can demand that the advertisements of energy companies carry health warnings. We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities and cultural institutions to cut their ties to the fossil-fuel industry. We can organise car-free days and build broader societal awareness.

I take it you yourself will be heeding this call and won’t be jetting off around the world any more then..?

6 comments for “Tutu Goes Koo-Koo…

  1. john in cheshire
    April 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Mr Tutu was a nuisance in South Africa in the period leading up to the end of Apartheid and he seems to have remained so. What I can’t fathom is who exactly he is preaching to? I also understand that he and his family did quite well financially out of the anti-Apartheid movement, and I suppose on that basis he’ll expect his 30 pieces of silver for his climate change hysteria; and so, logically why should he give it a rest?

  2. Voice of Reason
    April 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    As I’ve said before, the reports of ‘a new Ice Age’ appeared in the popular press, but not the scientific literature.

  3. Stonyground
    April 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    “We can, for instance, boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil-fuel energy companies.”

    That’s no good Des, you have to stop using their actual products. That would be the stuff that you use to get around and to heat and light your house. Take a look at the Amish, they have a pretty good blueprint for how the responsible climate alarmist should be living their lives.

    As for organising car free days, I have a car free day on a regular basis as I cycle to work when the weather is good. What’s to organise?

  4. ivan
    April 16, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Poor old Desmond appears to have fallen off his trolly with this. Doesn’t he know it is not the evil western companies that are to blame for all the evil CO2 in the atmosphere but those nasty volcanoes that are spewing out about 90% of all CO2 and then there are the Chinese with all their coal fired power stations.

    Someone should tell him, and the guardian readers, that if the west stopped producing CO2 the savings would be eliminated in a couple of months by the Chinese power stations.

  5. April 17, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Tutu appealing to Gandhi is a bit rich. Gandhi hated blacks, Africans in particular. As for ‘passive resistance’ Gandhi didn’t seem too passive when he was in Africa in the British Army in his younger days, putting down black rebellions with his rifle. He was a Sergeant. I think Tutu is taking the piss, possibly from the same cup that Gandhi used to drink his own piss from.

  6. Andrew Duffin
    April 23, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    What, that Desmond Tutu?

    Good Lord, I had no idea he was still alive and pontificating.

    Rather endearing, really, isn’t it?


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