‘Green Blob’ membership is a thing to be proud of

‘Green Blob’ membership is a thing to be proud of

‘Green Blob’ membership is a thing to be proud of

First published in Keith Thomson Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Environmental columnist

I WAS surprised to find out recently that my interest in the natural world, the environment in general and the workings of the planet’s atmosphere qualified me to be a member of the Green Blob, whatever that is. 
Apparently it describes the ‘tangle of unelected busybodies’ who get in the way of the hard working farmers and landowners who know how to manage the environment, or so says the recently sacked government minister who was responsible for the environment.
He sounded relieved that at last he could say what he really thought rather than paying lip service to government policy. 
He can now openly champion the fracking of shale gas, the wide introduction of genetically modified crops, the killing of badgers, the selling of national forests, High Speed Rail, the banning of further onshore wind turbines, airport expansion, industrial agricultural practices and business as usual, rather than addressing the inevitable problems that will result from a changing climate that he reckons is nothing special.
Indeed we will soon know what he really believes, and maybe learn more about the Green Blob, as in October he will give the annual lecture to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, though attendance is by invitation only. 
This organisation is selective in the material that it presents and downplays the threat of man made climate change. This is perhaps why its charitable status has been challenged following the confusion between its political and science-based ambitions, and its secretive funding.
The Green Blob position, as I see it, is absolutely clear - we human beings are seriously mistreating the planet we live on. We are changing it. We are abusing it. We are spending the future now. We show scant concern for future generations or the other species that share the planet with us and perform essential services that keep it all ticking along and in balance.
We seem to have a blind faith that something will turn up that will reduce our impact as it surely can’t be as serious as the Green Blobbers suggest. We ignore the fact that our numbers have increased without thought of the consequence, rising three fold in the last fifty years, so that over half the energy ever used by mankind has been used since 1995. 
Our lauded political, economic and personal ambitions are still based on competition, on growth and having more than the next person, or country. We excel at greed, and at killing, when the emphasis should be on collaboration, satisfaction with sufficient and celebrating our differences.
Being better, or bigger, isn’t important because being safe, well fed and accepting should be enough for each of us, and certainly suits the planet.

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