Climate change despair from Lovelock

James Lovelock, now 90, is a British scientist who has inspired the green movement for many years. He developed the Gaia theory that Earth is a huge, self regulating organism and his musings on how we are ruining our planet are highly respected all over the world.

He recently expressed his belief that man is not clever enough yet to tackle climate change. He told the Guardian”I don’t think we are evolved to the point where we’re clever enough to handle a situation as complex as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can’t do anything meaningful”.

 There are certainly enough people in the world who do have the desire to tackle climate change but it is just taking too long to get things organised. The Copenhagen disaster is evidence of that.  Mr Lovelock believes that declaring the fight against climate change as a war might be the vital key to any future success “Even the best democracies agree that when a major war approaches, democracy must be put on hold. I have a feeling that climate change may be an issue as severe as war.”

I  hope that whoever is governing the UK after the May elections will tackle the pressing issue of climate change as a battle to be fought now – rather than in the future. What are your thoughts on this?

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