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Some Quotations on Climate Change from the World of Politics and Elsewhere

  1. 1. Some Quotations on Climate Change from the World of Politics and Elsewhere Collated by Paul Mahony November 2013 terrastendo.net Image: Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, © Dan Breckwoldt | Dreamstime.com
  2. 2. Some quotes Paul Mahony 2013
  3. 3. Some quotes Paul Mahony 2013 “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.”
  4. 4. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  5. 5. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  6. 6. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  7. 7. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  8. 8. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  9. 9. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  10. 10. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan George Bush, Snr President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  11. 11. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan George Bush, Snr Bill Clinton President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  12. 12. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan George Bush, Snr Bill Clinton George W. Bush President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  13. 13. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan George Bush, Snr Bill Clinton George W. Bush Barack Obama President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  14. 14. Some quotes “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere on a global scale through a steady increase in carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels.” EMISSIONS HAVE ACCELERATED! President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 Presidents since then: Richard Nixon Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter Ronald Reagan George Bush, Snr Bill Clinton George W. Bush Barack Obama President Lyndon Johnson, 1965 message to Congress, cited in The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 8 January, 2011, “Naomi Areskes – Merchants of Doubt”. Seal of the President of the United States © Americanspirit | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  15. 15. Some quotes Paul Mahony 2013 “Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.”
  16. 16. Some quotes Paul Mahony 2013 “Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.” Barack Obama, 3 April 2006 Barack Obama, 3 April 2006, cited in Spratt, D, “Bridging the gap between science and politics”, Climate Action Summit, 9 April, 2011, http://www.climateactioncentre.org/sites/default/files/1104%20-recent-science.pdf Image: President Barack Obama © Kurniawan1972 | Dreamstime.com
  17. 17. Some quotes SO WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ABOUT IT MISTER PRESIDENT? “Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.” Barack Obama, 3 April 2006 Barack Obama, 3 April 2006, cited in Spratt, D, “Bridging the gap between science and politics”, Climate Action Summit, 9 April, 2011, http://www.climateactioncentre.org/sites/default/files/1104%20-recent-science.pdf Image: President Barack Obama © Kurniawan1972 | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  18. 18. Some quotes SO WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ABOUT IT MISTER PRESIDENT? “Not only is it real, it's here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster.” Barack Obama, 3 April 2006 TOO NOT IS PLAN POWER LATE. TOO CLEAN LITTLE, YOUR HOPE LET’S Barack Obama, 3 April 2006, cited in Spratt, D, “Bridging the gap between science and politics”, Climate Action Summit, 9 April, 2011, http://www.climateactioncentre.org/sites/default/files/1104%20-recent-science.pdf Image: President Barack Obama © Kurniawan1972 | Dreamstime.com Romm, J, Climate Progress, “’Invest, Divest’: Obama Goes Full Climate Hawk In Speech Unveiling Plan To Cut Carbon Pollution” Paul Mahony 2013
  19. 19. Some quotes Paul Mahony 2013
  20. 20. Some quotes Paul Mahony 2013 “The climate change argument is absolute crap.”
  21. 21. Some quotes “The climate change argument is absolute crap.” Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott Then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, 2009, quoted on ABC TV “7.30 Report”, 2nd Feb, 2010, http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s2808321.htm Image: No Carbon Tax Rally ID 18918621 © Phillip Minnis | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013
  22. 22. Some quotes “The climate change argument is absolute crap.” Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott Then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, 2009, quoted on ABC TV “7.30 Report”, 2nd Feb, 2010, http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s2808321.htm Image: No Carbon Tax Rally ID 18918621 © Phillip Minnis | Dreamstime.com Paul Mahony 2013 in knowledgeable and Australia. sophisticated We’re
  23. 23. The need is urgent!
  24. 24. “ . . . the world sTthaen dnse e. d. .is urgent!
  25. 25. The need is urgent! “ . . . the world stands . . . on the edge of a precipice . . .
  26. 26. The need is urgent! “ . . . the world stands . . . on the edge of a precipice . . . beyond which human actions will no longer be able to control in any meaningful way the trajectory of the climate system . . .”
  27. 27. The need is urgent! “ . . . the world stands . . . on the edge of a precipice . . . beyond which human actions will no longer be able to control in any meaningful way the trajectory of the climate system . . .” f“DoCarlvi emidma Seteprg rCaeotntdc,e yc oRa-ecatdui:ot tnhh”oe,r 2 coa0fs0 e8 Source: “Global Warming – No more business as usual: This is an emergency!”, Environmental Activists’ Conference ’08: Climate Emergency – No More Business as Usual, 10 October, 2008, reproduced in Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, http://links.org.au/node/683
  28. 28. Australia’s “Angry Summer” 2012/13 Australian Climate Commission: “The Angry Summer”, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/136923/20130919- 1415/climatecommission.gov.au/report/the-angry-summer/index.html Paul Mahony 2013
  29. 29. Australian Climate Commission: “The Angry Summer”, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/136923/20130919- 1415/climatecommission.gov.au/report/the-angry-summer/index.html Australia’s “Angry Summer” 2012/13 Paul Mahony 2013 Australian Climate Commissioner Prof. Will Steffen, The Age 4 Mar 2013, are talking about natural variation causing all “Statistically, there is a 1 in 500 chance that we “Climate change a key factor in extreme weather, experts say” these new records.”
  30. 30. Paul Mahony 2013 Permafrost (It’s not all a direct quote, but it’s pretty close.) • plumes of methane . . . Dramatic and unprecedented have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region. • The scale and volume of the methane release has the head of the Russian research team astonished who has been surveying the seabed of the east Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years. • Igor Semiletov of the International Arctic Research Centre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks . . . said that he has never before witnessed the scale and force has never before witnessed the scale and force of the methane being released from beneath the Arctic seabed. Connor, S, “Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats”, The Independent, 13 December, 2011, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/vast-methane-plumes-seen-in-arctic-ocean-as-sea-ice-retreats- 6276278.html (Accessed 4 February 2012)
  31. 31. Permafrost (It’s not all a direct quote, but it’s pretty close.) Dramatic and unprecedented astonished has never before witnessed the scale and force of the methane being released from beneath the Arctic seabed. Connor, S, “Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats”, The Independent, 13 December, 2011, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/vast-methane-plumes-seen-in-arctic-ocean-as-sea-ice-retreats- 6276278.html (Accessed 4 February 2012) Paul Mahony 2013
  32. 32. Permafrost "We carried out checks at about 115 stationary points Dramatic and unprecedented and discovered methane fields of a fantastic scale - I think on a scale not seen before. Some of the plumes were a kilometre or more wide and the emissions went directly into the atmosphere - the concentration was a astonished hundred times higher than normal." has never before witnessed the scale and force of the methane being released from beneath the Arctic seabed. Connor, S, “Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats”, The Independent, 13 December, 2011, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/vast-methane-plumes-seen-in-arctic-ocean-as-sea-ice-retreats- 6276278.html (Accessed 4 February 2012) Paul Mahony 2013
  33. 33. Permafrost Paul Mahony 2013 Connor, S, “Vast methane 'plumes' seen in Arctic ocean as sea ice retreats”, The Independent, 13 December, 2011, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/vast-methane-plumes-seen-in-arctic-ocean-as-sea-ice-retreats- 6276278.html (Accessed 4 February 2012)
  34. 34. Some thoughts on climate-related risk management “Perhaps the greatest flaw in the climate debate has been our inability, or refusal, to address risk and uncertainty realistically.” Paul Mahony 2012
  35. 35. Some thoughts on climate-related risk management Paul Mahony 2012 “Perhaps the greatest flaw in the climate debate has been our inability, or refusal, to address risk and uncertainty realistically.” “Scientists are giving increasingly urgent warnings on the mounting evidence of human-induced warming and the need for rapid carbon emission reductions.”
  36. 36. Some thoughts on climate-related risk management Paul Mahony 2012 “Perhaps the greatest flaw in the climate debate has been our inability, or refusal, to address risk and uncertainty realistically.” “Scientists are giving increasingly urgent warnings on the mounting evidence of human-induced warming and the need for rapid carbon emission reductions.” “Officialdom chooses to ignore these warnings, preferring policy based on ‘political realism’, shorthand for hoping the problem will go away.”
  37. 37. Some thoughts on climate-related risk management Paul Mahony 2012 “Perhaps the greatest flaw in the climate debate has been our inability, or refusal, to address risk and uncertainty realistically.” “Scientists are giving increasingly urgent warnings on the mounting evidence of human-induced warming and the need for rapid carbon emission reductions.” “Officialdom chooses to ignore these warnings, preferring policy based on ‘political realism’, shorthand for hoping the problem will go away.” “Business, supposedly the experts on risk management, should take leadership, but have abrogated any responsibility, given that realistic action will require a fundamental redesign of the economic system, undermining established vested interests.”
  38. 38. Some thoughts on climate-related risk management Paul Mahony 2012 “Perhaps the greatest flaw in the climate debate has been our inability, or refusal, to address risk and uncertainty realistically.” “Scientists are giving increasingly urgent warnings on the mounting evidence of human-induced warming and the need for rapid carbon emission reductions.” “Officialdom chooses to ignore these warnings, preferring policy based on ‘political realism’, shorthand for hoping the problem will go away.” “Business, supposedly the experts on risk management, should take leadership, but have abrogated any responsibility, given that realistic action will require a fundamental redesign of the economic system, undermining established vested interests.” “The result is that nobody is seriously addressing the strategic risks to which we are exposed.”
  39. 39. Some thoughts on climate-related risk management Paul Mahony 2012 “Perhaps the greatest flaw in the climate debate has been our inability, or refusal, to address risk and uncertainty realistically.” Former international oil, gas and coal industry “Scientists are giving increasingly urgent warnings on the mounting evidence of human-induced warming and the need for rapid carbon emission reductions.” Ian Dunlop, 2012 executive. “Officialdom chooses to ignore these warnings, preferring policy based on ‘political realism’, shorthand for hoping the problem will go away.” “Business, supposedly the experts on risk management, should take leadership, but have abrogated any responsibility, given that realistic action will require a fundamental redesign of the economic system, undermining established vested interests.” “The result is that nobody is seriously addressing the strategic risks to which we are exposed.” “Interview with Ian Dunlop”, Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, 8 March, 2012, http://www.leadershipforwomen.com.au/transform/aclw-articles-published/expert-climate-change-panel/item/ian-dunlop
  40. 40. Some thoughts on climate-related risk management Paul Mahony 2012 “Perhaps the greatest flaw in the climate debate has been our inability, or refusal, to address risk and uncertainty realistically.” Former international oil, gas and coal industry “Scientists are giving increasingly urgent warnings on the mounting evidence of human-induced warming and the need for rapid carbon emission reductions.” Ian Dunlop, 2012 executive. “Officialdom chooses to ignore these warnings, preferring policy based on ‘political realism’, shorthand for hoping the problem will go away.” Roles included Chair of the Australian Coal Association and CEO of the Australian Institute of “Business, supposedly the experts on risk management, should take leadership, but have abrogated any responsibility, given that realistic action will require a fundamental redesign of the economic system, undermining established vested interests.” Company Directors. “The result is that nobody is seriously addressing the strategic risks to which we are exposed.” “Interview with Ian Dunlop”, Australian Centre for Leadership for Women, 8 March, 2012, http://www.leadershipforwomen.com.au/transform/aclw-articles-published/expert-climate-change-panel/item/ian-dunlop
  41. 41. Paul Mahony 2013 Former British PM, Margaret Thatcher 1989: British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher speaking to the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in four years (choosing to focus solely on the environment) Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Speech to United Nations General Assembly (Global Environment), 8 November, 1989, Margaret Thatcher Foundation, http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107817
  42. 42. Paul Mahony 2013 Former British PM, Margaret Thatcher 1989: British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher speaking to the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in four years (choosing to focus solely on the environment) “Of all the challenges faced by the world community in those four years, one has grown clearer than any other in both urgency and importance. I refer to the threat to our global environment. I shall take the opportunity of addressing the general assembly to speak on that subject alone.” Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Speech to United Nations General Assembly (Global Environment), 8 November, 1989, Margaret Thatcher Foundation, http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107817
  43. 43. Paul Mahony 2013 Former British PM, Margaret Thatcher 1989: British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher speaking to the United Nations General Assembly for the first time in four years (choosing to focus solely on the environment) “Of all the challenges faced by the world community in those four years, one has grown clearer than any other in both urgency and importance. I refer to the threat to our global environment. I shall take the opportunity of addressing the general assembly to speak on that subject alone.” “We are seeing a vast increase in the amount of carbon dioxide reaching the atmosphere. The annual increase is three billion tonnes, and half the carbon emitted since the Industrial Revolution still remains in the atmosphere. At the same time as this is happening, we are seeing the destruction on a vast scale of tropical forests which are uniquely able to remove carbon dioxide from the air.” Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Speech to United Nations General Assembly (Global Environment), 8 November, 1989, Margaret Thatcher Foundation, http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/107817
  44. 44. Telling it like it is Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA Paul Mahony 2013
  45. 45. Telling it like it is Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA Source: Hansen, J., “Climate change is here — and worse than we thought”, The Washington Post, 4 August 2012, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/climate-change-is-here--and-worse-th%20an-we-thought/ 2012/08/03/6ae604c2-dd90-11e1-8e43-4a3c4375504a_story.html Paul Mahony 2013 “When we plotted the world’s changing temperatures on a bell curve, the extremes of unusually cool and, even more, the extremes of unusually hot are being altered so they are becoming both more common and more severe.”
  46. 46. Telling it like it is Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA Paul Mahony 2013 “When we plotted the world’s changing temperatures on a bell curve, the extremes of unusually cool and, even more, the extremes of unusually hot are being altered so they are becoming both more common and more severe.” Source: Hansen, J., “Climate change is here — and worse than we thought”, The Washington Post, 4 August 2012, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/climate-change-is-here--and-worse-th%20an-we-thought/ 2012/08/03/6ae604c2-dd90-11e1-8e43-4a3c4375504a_story.html
  47. 47. Telling it like it is Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA “When we plotted the world’s changing temperatures on a bell curve, the extremes of unusually cool and, even more, the extremes of unusually hot are being altered so they are becoming both more common and more severe.” Paul Mahony 2013 “Extremely hot temperatures covered about 0.1 percent to 0.2 percent of the globe in the . . . period from 1951 to 1980. In the last three decades, while the average temperature has slowly risen, the extremes have soared and now cover about 10 percent of the globe.” Source: Hansen, J., “Climate change is here — and worse than we thought”, The Washington Post, 4 August 2012, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/climate-change-is-here--and-worse-th%20an-we-thought/ 2012/08/03/6ae604c2-dd90-11e1-8e43-4a3c4375504a_story.html
  48. 48. Hansen on Canadian Tar Sands Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA Paul Mahony 2013
  49. 49. Hansen on Canadian Tar Sands Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA “If Canada proceeds [in extracting tar sands oil], and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.” Source: Hansen, J., “Game Over for the Climate”, The New York Times, 9 May 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/game-over-for-the-climate.html?_r=1& Paul Mahony 2013
  50. 50. Paul Mahony 2013 Hansen on Canadian Tar Sands Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA “If Canada proceeds [in extracting tar sands oil], and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.” “Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history.” Source: Hansen, J., “Game Over for the Climate”, The New York Times, 9 May 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/game-over-for-the-climate.html?_r=1&
  51. 51. Paul Mahony 2013 Hansen on Canadian Tar Sands Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA “If Canada proceeds [in extracting tar sands oil], and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.” “. . . it will be game over for the climate.” “Canada’s tar sands, deposits of sand saturated with bitumen, contain twice the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by global oil use in our entire history.” Source: Hansen, J., “Game Over for the Climate”, The New York Times, 9 May 2012, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/opinion/game-over-for-the-climate.html?_r=1&
  52. 52. Hansen on Meat Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA Paul Mahony 2013
  53. 53. Hansen on Meat Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA Paul Mahony 2013 “ . . . in our personal life styles, the most effective action is to begin to alter our diet more toward vegetarian . . . I have become 80%-90% vegetarian.” Source: Submission to the Garnaut Review by Geoff Russell, Peter Singer and Barry Brook, http://www.climatechange.gov.au/greenpaper/consultation/pubs/0409-russell.pdf Cow Image: Brahman Bull | iStockphoto.com | tap10
  54. 54. Hansen on Meat Dr James Hansen, former director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA Paul Mahony 2013 “ . . . in our personal life styles, the most effective action is to begin to alter our diet more toward vegetarian . . . I have become 80%-90% vegetarian.” “If you eat further down on the food chain rather than animals, which have produced many greenhouse gases, and used much energy in the process of growing that meat, you can actually make a bigger contribution in that way than just about anything. So that, in terms of individual action, is perhaps the best thing you can do.” Source: Submission to the Garnaut Review by Geoff Russell, Peter Singer and Barry Brook, http://www.climatechange.gov.au/greenpaper/consultation/pubs/0409-russell.pdf Russell, G, “Dietary Guidelines Committee ignores climate change”, 24 March 2012, http://bravenewclimate.com/2012/03/24/dietary-gc-ignores-cc/
  55. 55. More on Meat
  56. 56. More on Meat “Please eat less meat; meat is a very carbon intensive commodity ... This is something that the IPCC was afraid to say earlier, but now we have said it.”
  57. 57. More on Meat “Please eat less meat; meat is a very carbon intensive commodity ... This is something that the IPCC was afraid to say earlier, but now we have said it.” Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Head of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Source: Agence France-Presse, “Lifestyle changes can curb climate change: IPCC chief”, 15 January, 2010, http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5iIVBkZpOUA9Hz3Xc2u-61mDlrw0Q
  58. 58. The Western Diet
  59. 59. The Western Diet Animal food products place . . . “undue demand on land, water, and other resources required for intensive food production, which makes the typical Western diet not only undesirable from the standpoint of health but also environmentally unsustainable”
  60. 60. The Western Diet Animal food products place . . . “undue demand on land, water, and other resources required for intensive food production, which makes the typical Western diet not only undesirable from the standpoint of health but also environmentally unsustainable” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, 2002 Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization, “Human Vitamin and Mineral Requirements: Report of a joint FAO/WHO expert consultation Bangkok, Thailand”, 2001, pp. 14, ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/004/y2809e/y2809e00.pdf and http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/Y2809E/y2809e08.htm
  61. 61. Paul Mahony 2013 The Western Diet
  62. 62. Paul Mahony 2013 The Western Diet “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation.”
  63. 63. The Western Diet “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems. Urgent action is required to remedy the situation.” Henning Steinfeld, United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, 2006 (Co-author of the UN FAO’s “Livestock’s Long Shadow” report) Paul Mahony 2013 FAO Newsroom “Livestock a major threat to environment - Remedies urgently needed”, 29 Nov 2006, http://www.fao.org/NEWSROOM/EN/news/2006/1000448/index.html Image: FAO name with flag © Fabrizio Mariani | Dreamstime.com
  64. 64. Paul Mahony 2013 The Western Diet
  65. 65. Paul Mahony 2013 The Western Diet “A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.” The Guardian, 2nd June 2010 Carus, F, “UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet”, 3 June 2010, http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2010/jun/02/un-report-meat-free-diet
  66. 66. Paul Mahony 2013 The Western Diet
  67. 67. Paul Mahony 2013 The Western Diet “A new and hard-hitting report concludes that dramatically reforming, re-thinking and redesigning two sectors - energy and agriculture - could generate significant environmental, social and economic returns.”
  68. 68. Paul Mahony 2013 The Western Diet “A new and hard-hitting report concludes that dramatically reforming, re-thinking and redesigning two sectors - energy and agriculture - could generate significant environmental, social and economic returns.” “Perhaps controversially, it . . . calls for a significant shift in diets away from animal based proteins towards more vegetable-based foods in order to dramatically reduce pressures on the environment.”
  69. 69. The Western Diet “. . . substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.” Paul Mahony 2013 “A new and hard-hitting report concludes that dramatically reforming, re-thinking and redesigning two sectors - energy and agriculture - could generate significant environmental, social and economic returns.” “Perhaps controversially, it . . . calls for a significant shift in diets away from animal based proteins towards more vegetable-based foods in order to dramatically reduce pressures on the environment.”
  70. 70. The Western Diet “. . . substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.” Paul Mahony 2013 “A new and hard-hitting report concludes that dramatically reforming, re-thinking and redesigning two sectors - energy and agriculture - could generate significant environmental, social and economic returns.” “Perhaps controversially, it . . . calls for a significant shift in diets away from animal based proteins towards more vegetable-based foods in order to dramatically reduce pressures on the environment.” United Nations Environment Programme, June 2010 United Nations Environment Program “Energy & Agriculture Top Resource Panel’s Priority List for Sustainable 21st Century”, 2 June 2010, http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/media/EnergyAgric.asp
  71. 71. Time to act Paul Mahony 2013 Dr Andrew Glikson, earth and paleoclimate scientist at Australian National University
  72. 72. Paul Mahony 2013 Time to act Dr Andrew Glikson, earth and paleoclimate scientist at Australian National University “Contrarian claims by sceptics, misrepresenting direct observations in nature and ignoring the laws of physics, have been adopted by neo-conservative political parties.” Sources: Glikson, A., “As emissions rise, we may be heading for an ice-free planet”, The Conversation, 18 January, 2012,http://theconversation.edu.au/as-emissions-rise-we-may-be-heading-for-an-ice-free-planet-4893 (Accessed 4 February 2012). Image: Earth © Pmakin | Dreamstime.com
  73. 73. Paul Mahony 2013 Time to act Dr Andrew Glikson, earth and paleoclimate scientist at Australian National University “Contrarian claims by sceptics, misrepresenting direct observations in nature and ignoring the laws of physics, have been adopted by neo-conservative political parties.” “A corporate media maintains a ‘balance’ between facts and fiction.” Sources: Glikson, A., “As emissions rise, we may be heading for an ice-free planet”, The Conversation, 18 January, 2012,http://theconversation.edu.au/as-emissions-rise-we-may-be-heading-for-an-ice-free-planet-4893 (Accessed 4 February 2012). Image: Earth © Pmakin | Dreamstime.com
  74. 74. Paul Mahony 2013 Time to act Dr Andrew Glikson, earth and paleoclimate scientist at Australian National University “Contrarian claims by sceptics, misrepresenting direct observations in nature and ignoring the laws of physics, have been adopted by neo-conservative political parties.” “A corporate media maintains a ‘balance’ between facts and fiction.” “The best that governments seem to do is devise cosmetic solutions, or promise further discussions, while time is running out.” Sources: Glikson, A., “As emissions rise, we may be heading for an ice-free planet”, The Conversation, 18 January, 2012,http://theconversation.edu.au/as-emissions-rise-we-may-be-heading-for-an-ice-free-planet-4893 (Accessed 4 February 2012). Image: Earth © Pmakin | Dreamstime.com
  75. 75. Paul Mahony 2013 Time to act Dr Andrew Glikson, earth and paleoclimate scientist at Australian National University “Contrarian claims by sceptics, misrepresenting direct observations in nature and ignoring the laws of physics, have been adopted by neo-conservative political parties.” “GOOD PLANETS ARE HARD TO COME BY!” “A corporate media maintains a ‘balance’ between facts and fiction.” “The best that governments seem to do is devise cosmetic solutions, or promise further discussions, while time is running out.” Sources: Glikson, A., “As emissions rise, we may be heading for an ice-free planet”, The Conversation, 18 January, 2012,http://theconversation.edu.au/as-emissions-rise-we-may-be-heading-for-an-ice-free-planet-4893 (Accessed 4 February 2012). Image: Earth © Pmakin | Dreamstime.com
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