As advisor and educator for farmers, foresters and other rural denizens, I found them more environmentally aware and concerned in practical ways than environmentalists. They live in the real world beyond the urban enclaves. They’re more aware and more concerned because it sustains them and their families. Urban armchair environmentalists know little about nature or the environment beyond their myopic, dogmatic, ill-informed pseudo-religious beliefs. They dictate how we all should live while contributing nothing constructive, logical, scientifically based or viable. All they offer is ignorance, arrogance and anarchy. Few could run a farm or make a living from the land. At least they stay in the city rather than get in the way when there’s a forest fire. Consider the views and activities of two people.
The Positive Constructive Approach
My good friend Charles (Charlie) Keenan passed away recently after a long life with major contributions to society.
Charlie built boats, was an avid sailor and a very good golfer. He worked in other parts of the world before settling in British Columbia (BC) and brought this wider perspective and understanding to his work in government as a senior administrator. A civil engineer and graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, he was involved in water and pollution issues in BC. He tried to bring balance between human needs and environmental impacts. He witnessed the emergence and negative impact of environmentalism on planning, development and society. He wrote about them in his 1984 book Environmental Anarchy: The Insidious Destruction of Social Order, a legacy of the sixties. He confronted the almost impassable position of today when progress is held hostage to emotionalism, unfounded, undocumented speculation, promoted by environmentalists with a political agenda. As he explained, “Having lived and worked in both Great Britain and New Zealand, the writer has no illusions about the intent of socialism – the handmaiden of communism – which seeks only the power to subjugate individualism to the will of the state. There is no doubt that environmentalism and socialism are bed fellows – that our country is being taken over by Fabians.” His legacy continues to serve society through sound well-engineered water resource and pollution control facilities and will do so for many years because of the positive, fact-based, nature of his work. We didn’t agree on everything. For example, he thought over-population was a major problem, but you could debate the issues.
The Negative Destructive Approach
This is not the case with David Suzuki. He avoids debate and usually avoids questions. In February 2007, he stormed out of a Toronto radio interview swearing when interviewer, John Oakley made the totally accurate observation that global warming is not a “totally settled issue.”
Oakley experienced the personal attacks of those who agree with Suzuki’s environmentalism.
Suzuki is currently on a tour promoting his arrogantly titled book, The Legacy: An Elder’s Vision For Our Sustainable Future. It is written in a simplistic patronizing style that reflects the preacher mentality of someone promoting environmentalism as a religion. What else can you make of statements like; we can “find ways to live in balance with the sacred elements, and to create a future rich in the joy, happiness, and meaning that are our real wealth”? Or, “We are spiritual beings, and we need a spirit more than ever.”
The book has the familiar theme of environmentalism and socialist politics; too many people in the world. The book has digressions. An early one (p.20) is titled, The Consequences of Relentless Population Growth.” His disdain for the people was documented early in a 1972 video in which, looking like Che Guevera, he refers to humans as maggots.
Ironically, Suzuki told a 1999 Seattle audience that he quit genetics because he didn’t like signs of “The Dark Side of Genetics: The Implications of the Biotechnology Revolution”. He believed it was going to be used for eugenics.
This makes you wonder how he relates to John Holdren, Obama’s science czar and early promoter of eugenics as a fellow traveler on the global warming bus. We know he praised the work of Holdren’s co-author Paul Ehrlich.
Suzuki is arrogant enough to think you can promote a legacy. You can’t, it is what the hindsight of history determines. What should be in his legacy? Like Ehrlich and all other doomsayers, he has made predictions that are consistently and devastatingly wrong. His most recent was the 2009 prediction that sockeye salmon were on the verge of extinction.
This year the run was the biggest in a century.
Over the years his Foundation has hounded and misled people until the politicians have restricted or closed the fishing industry among others. Thousands of jobs, lives, families and communities have been devastated unnecessarily without a single care of this anti-human agitator.
He’s done the same with his arguments about extinction. He traveled across Canada telling people that 3 species per hour were going extinct. It was reported on his website, but now apparently because of challenges to identify the species the page has nothing. The information is absolute rubbish but how many schoolchildren were indoctrinated?
It’s undoubtedly driving the biodiversity hysteria that he has re-emphasized as the global warming and climate change campaign has lost momentum. Suzuki’s legacy is already on the record. He has misled, misinformed, exploited and seriously damaged economies and people’s lives without a care for the humanity, but then why would he care about maggots?
Charlie Keenan understood what was happening. “Environmental pressure groups, with the influence of the academic “intellectuals”, have been able to capitalize on the disorder created through the 60s and 70s to an extent few really appreciate. In an age claiming to be well-informed, it is most disconcerting to note the confusion of the public as it attempts to decipher the realities of the issue…” Few have done more damage than David Suzuki. Oh, and by the way if you dare oppose him his Foundation has a nasty smear web site to deliver vicious and usually false personal attacks.