Man Made Climate Change

It is interesting that there are many arguments banded about that seems to suggest that because scientists cannot prove beyond doubt that there is man made climate change – then there is definitely not.

I find it difficult to believe that the number of humans on the planet does not have a detrimental effect on our climate and/or eco-system.

I come at this from a slightly different angle. Reading reports aboout the devastating effects of climate change from non profit organisations such as Oxfam I find it difficult to believe that the number of humans on the planet does not have a detrimental effect on our climate and/or eco-system.

I think about these facts: near tripling of population since 1950, an estimated doubling of power use in the last 30 years, a 25% increase in food production per head of global population (despite the population explosion) since 1960, increased air travel and 600 million cars on the plant. Have we really achieved all of this without impacting on both the climate and the eco-system?

Perhaps we have but the common sense part of me doubts it. I am not an eco-warrior by any stretch of the imagination but neither am I an ostrich with my head in the sand.

The trouble is that society is driven (in the majority) by the dual goals of living longer and consuming more of bigger and better things. Governments have encouraged this as it drives productivity, gives the proles something to aspire towards. Even now the government does not have the courage of its green convictions: fraudulent eco-taxes on motorists whilst commissioning coal fired power stations. Really messed up, contradictory policies that only serve to disenfranchise people rather than encourage them to consider resource use.

We are lucky in the west. We’ve outsourced pollution on a massive scale. We can live in ignorant bliss of the pollution from cities such as Chongqing in China and the devastation of the Yangtze River eco-system. Perhaps however we will reap the ill effects of this pollution.

I am not convinced in the slightest that we can reverse any of these trends. Most people believe we can multiply and consume to infinity without impacting global climate change.