April 22, 2004

So much for Earth Day

Patrick Moore, one of the founding members of Greenpeace has since left the movement. He left the organization, became chairman and chief scientist of Green Spirit, which is a consulting firm that works for sustainable development. Here’s what he says:

"Enough time has passed to take stock of the impact that the environmental movement has had on nature and mankind, and that record is decidedly mixed. There's no doubt that the environments of wealthy, developed countries are considerably healthier today than on the first Earth Day. Air and water are cleaner, human life expectancies are longer, forests are abundant and growing. Developed countries have wanted improved environments and they've been wealthy enough to afford them. But the story is much different elsewhere. Indeed for much of the rest of the world, conditions are worse than they should be. Ironically the very movement that made its presence felt in rallies across this country in 1970 and that thrives in the developed world today must shoulder much of the blame for the developing world's sorry state. It is impeding both economic and environmental progress due to an agenda that is anti-development, anti-technology, and in the final analysis, anti-human."

Posted by Ted at April 22, 2004 9:43 PM