Wednesday, 10 March 2010

James Lovelock - Is it too late?

My first next-door neighbor was an old man from Cape Clear Island . He was a fisherman and I think he used to whale watch too. His drink of choice was whiskey and milk - that i don't remember, but I was informed of recently and it left me quite intrigued. He left his collection of National Geographic magazines to us when he died. He also gave us 4 whales' teeth.
This is my earliest memory of being aware of the environment. I became interested in whales and dolphins, then all animals and saving them from extinction. I cleaned up a local pond/ river/ sewer with my friends and I didn’t talk to my Dad for ages because he was furious with me for shouting at and chasing poachers from our field. I also tried to join Greenpeace when I as about 9 years old - not sure how successful I was though. Anyway, the point of my rambling is the environment.

Queue James Lovelock. Another old man who has inspired me.

I found an interview with him (see pic - you probably can't read it - just serves as a reminder) yesterday and it reminded me that I should be more careful. It's amazing how quickly we (I) forget.
Also here is another good article on him that you can read, although reading this link from the Guardian is a little depressing, so be warned. I thought that by doing my little bit of recycling ( like all the extra pictures I printed from the recent shows ) would help (no bigger tree killer than myself when it comes to AW10 ). However, Mr. Lovelock thinks otherwise. Please read to get another persepctive of what we should have done - Is it too late?

In 1965 executives at Shell wanted to know what the world would look like in the year 2000. They consulted a range of experts, who speculated about fusion-powered hovercrafts and "all sorts of fanciful technological stuff". When the oil company asked the scientist James Lovelock, he predicted that the main problem in 2000 would be the environment. "It will be worsening then to such an extent that it will seriously affect their business," he said.
"And of course," Lovelock says, with a smile 43 years later, "that's almost exactly what's happened."

Said Article :-

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