Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist


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Dr. Patrick Moore, the founder and former President of Greenpeace, presented at the 2013 Agri-Growth Council Annual Meeting. He discussed his journey in becoming a sensible environmentalist and his new initiative,

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Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist

  1. 1. Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist Minneapolis - November 5, 2013 Patrick Moore, Ph.D.
  2. 2. Allow Golden Rice Now Agri-Growth Council Minneapolis - November 5, 2013
  3. 3. Environmental Extremism •AntiHuman •Anti-Science and Technology •Anti-Trade and AntiGlobalization •Anti-Business and AntiCapitalism Anti•Just Plain Civilization
  4. 4. Wood is the most important renewable energy source and the most important renewable material resource
  5. 5. We should be growing more trees and using more wood. Many activists argue that we should cut fewer trees and use less wood.
  6. 6. Trees grow in a factory called the forest, by renewable solar energy
  7. 7. Steel, concrete, and other non-renewable materials are made in real factories with huge inputs of energy, mainly fossil fuels. TREES ARE THE ANSWER WOOD is GOOD
  8. 8. “In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest carbon stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fibre, or energy from the forest, will generate the largest sustained mitigation benefit.” (38 words) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - 4th Assessment Report, 2007 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the foremost peer-reviewed experts on climate change, says the easiest and cheapest way to fight climate change is to "leave trees standing and protect its biodiversity." Stephanie Goodman, Greenpeace, Vancouver Sun, Feb. 2011 Grow More Trees - Use More Wood (6 words) Patrick Moore - Repeatedly 29
  9. 9. Sustainable Salmon Aquaculture - British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Washington State, Maine, Norway, Chile, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia.
  10. 10. “I would never feed a child farmed salmon. It’s poison” David Suzuki Toronto Star, September 15, 2004
  11. 11. There are many opinions about climate change There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphereobserved increasethe Most of the and disruption of in Earth'saverage temperatures since global climate. Global Warming Petition Project – the mid-20th century is very likely Opposed toobserved increase31,000 due to the Kyoto – Signed by in Scientists and Professionals. anthropogenic GHG concentrations. “I am Nations Intergovernmental Unitedcertain there is too much
  12. 12. CO2 Levels in the Global Atmosphere
  13. 13. 22C 17C Text Text 14.5C 12C A Billion Years of Global Climate Change
  15. 15. 1998 warmest year to date What happened here? Why did it get warmer here?
  16. 16. Ocean Temperature is not Increasing
  17. 17. Summer 2007
  18. 18. Winter 2007
  19. 19. This is the sum total of our knowledge of the extent of sea ice in the northern and southern Source: Polar Research hemispheres. Group - University of Illinois
  20. 20. Good thing we weren’t around 10,000 years ago
  21. 21. Tropical Cyclone Energy is Not Increasing "There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses (from extreme weather events) have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change" IPCC - Special Report on Extremes, March 2012
  22. 22. Hydro supplies 20% of global electricity production. It is the most important and cost-effective source of renewable electricity
  23. 23. Three Gorges Hydroelectric Dam - Yangtze River, China 22,500 Megawatts = 40 Coal-Fired Power Plants
  24. 24. China, Canada and Brazil Lead in Hydroelectric Generation
  25. 25. Greenpeace’s Fossil Fuel Dilemma Greenpeace says: "This ship is driven by super-efficient electric motors and sails that set a standard for sustainable shipping. It will be powered by the now-rainbow-warrior-in-action/blog/37537/
  26. 26. Nuclear energy will be the most important source of electricity in the future. There is fuel for thousands of years.
  27. 27. 21 countries produce 15% or more of their electricity from nuclear energy.
  28. 28. Used Nuclear Fuel is one of Our Most important Future Energy Resources 52
  29. 29. Nuclear and hydroelectric energy are the only nongreenhouse gas-emitting energy sources that can effectively replace fossil fuels and satisfy global demand Electricity  Hydrogen  Desalinization  Heating
  30. 30. Heavy Oil Upgrader - Suncor
  31. 31. Oil Sands Mining - Canada
  32. 32. Coal Mining - USA CO² Emissions from Burning US Coal Production are About 15 Times Higher than from Burning Canadian Oil Sands Production
  33. 33. Oil Sands Edmonton
  34. 34. Reclaimed Tailings Pond at Suncor Oil Sands Project
  35. 35. Bison Managed by Fort McKay First Nation on Reclaimed Tailings Pond at Oil Sands Project
  36. 36. Reforested Area Reclaimed from Active Mining Operations
  37. 37. Good Enough For Me!
  38. 38. Allow Golden Rice Now! 1
  39. 39. Organizations That Say GM Food is Safe The American Medical Association The American Assn for the Advancement of Science The World Health Organization The National Academy of Sciences The Royal Society of Medicine (UK) The European Commission The American Council on Science and Health The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics The American Society for Cell Biology The American Society for Microbiology The American Society of Plant Sciences The International Seed Foundation The International Society of African Scientists The Federation of Animal Science Societies The Society of Toxicology The French Academy of Science The Union of German Academies The International Council for Science and many more
  40. 40. The Main Biotech Crops Grown Today are Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Canola, and Papaya. Many others are in development.
  41. 41. Since 2002, when GM corn was introduced in the Philippines, farmers income has increased by $155 million per year, and pesticide use has declined more than 50%. A farmer with Bt corn in the Philippines – Greenpeace warned of “dying children and cancer clusters”.
  42. 42. Indian farmers forced the government to legalize Bt cotton Since 2002 when GM cotton was introduced in India, production has more than doubled. India was a cotton-importing country. Today India exports 20% of its production. 70 million people are employed in cotton farming.
  43. 43. A good illustration of the effectiveness of GM technology. The potato plants on the right have been modified to resist the Colorado potato beetle. Those on the left have not been modified. It is easy to see why farmers grow GM crops.
  44. 44. Vitamin A Deficiency in Preschool-Age Children
  45. 45. 250 million preschool children are vitamin A deficient. World Health Organization More than 2 million people die from diseases related to vitamin A deficiency every year. Golden Rice Project Photo taken in India: December 2012 by Prof Ingo Potrykus
  46. 46. Right to left: Prof. Peter Beyer, and Dr. Ingo Potrykus, the coinventors of Golden Rice. Dr. and Ms. Datta helped in the lab during the nine years of discovery. Their work may one day end nutrient deficiency for hundreds of millions of people.
  47. 47. Golden Rice has the potential to eliminate Vitamin A deficiency in developing countries, saving 250,000 - 500,000 children from blindness and death every year due to vitamin A deficiency.
  48. 48. The only difference between conventional rice and Golden Rice is that Golden Rice contains the essential nutrient beta carotene.
  49. 49. Under the agreement reached among patent holders and the Golden Rice Project, any farmer in a developing country earning less than $10,000 a year will not pay a license fee for Golden Rice and will be able to save and replant the seed.
  50. 50. Organizations Involved With the Development of Golden Rice The Golden Rice Humanitarian Board The International Rice Research Institute The Rockefeller Foundation Syngenta Foundation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Philippine Rice Research institute Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Helen Keller International Biosafety Resources Network Biotechnology Institute of the Philippines Seed Stories United States Agency for International Development (USAID) US National Institutes of Health
  51. 51. A Golden Rice Field Trial at the Philippine Rice Research Institute 21
  52. 52. Urban activists, supported by Greenpeace (these are not farmers) destroying research crops in the Philippines in August 2013. Filipino 22 farmers don’t have tattoos, video cameras, or dyed hair.
  53. 53. Greenpeace anti-GMO Activists Claiming that Golden Rice is Deadly The ultimate disinformation and ignorance
  54. 54. Greenpeace claims that there has not been enough testing on GM foods, including Golden Rice. Yet when scientists conduct field tests and clinical nutrition tests, Greenpeace destroys the field tests and trashes the scientists who do the nutritional tests. Does Greenpeace really believe that “possible unforeseen circumstances” are worse that 500,000 children going blind every year?
  55. 55. 40 grams of Golden Rice a day is all that is needed to prevent blindness and death
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  57. 57. Summary- A Sensible Environmentalist Would: 1. Grow more trees and use more wood 2. Choose hydroelectric power where it is available. nuclear energy over coal for electricity 3. Choose production. 4. Use geothermal heat pumps in most buildings. cost-effective technologies that require less fossil 5. Develop fuels. 6. Use genetic science to improve food and medicine. 7. Not ban useful chemicals unless there is evidence of harm. 8. Embrace aquaculture as a sustainable industry. 9. View climate change as natural and not catastrophic. 10. Recognize that poverty is the worst environmental problem. 11. Not kill or capture whales or dolphins anywhere, ever.
  58. 58. Thank You!
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