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"Enjoy life while you can" - James Lovelock on how climate change is irreversible

Climate science maverick James Lovelock believes catastrophe is inevitable, carbon offsetting is a joke and ethical living a scam.’Therefore’, he says, ’Enjoy life while you can’.

Read the Guardian Interview here.

There's additional information on my blog for those interested.

"Innovation tells us that sometimes the only way forward is to go backwards. In Lovelock’s words, “We must think of moving away from sustainable development to sustainable retreat”. In a spurt of peotic prophecy he goes, “Enjoy life while you can. Because if you’re lucky it’s going to be 20 years before it hits the fan."

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Comment by chris macrae on June 9, 2009 at 12:37am
sunil sounds like the most irresponsible vision -particularly as that's like telling our friends in bangaldesh, go drown first

in most of social and economics life I insist optimism can make better visions as long as it is grounded; I agree that what I can see of climate scenarios doesnt give much optimistic grounds; what interests me however is how exponentials play out through time; there is little doubt in my mind that we are very near irreversibility (an exponential phenomenon); conversely if we havent breached it yet, then doing solar expoentially right around the world can put us back to much more optimistic targets; it is absolutely possible to have thriving carbon-negative economies wherever there is sun; that's what our bold bangaldeshi partners provide the world leading system evidence on
Comment by Sunil Malhotra on June 17, 2009 at 1:36am
Sure Chris. Despite being the eternal optimist all my life, the seriousness of the Climate change issue has got me to be skeptical about whether anything substantial will be done before it is too late. But I resoundingly support your view about doing solar exponentially right - especially in our parts of the world that have sun all year round. I'm no expert on climate issues but I can sense the magnitude of impending disaster. Somehow I think people like James Lovelock must be reckoned to give the world a 'wake up call' - shooting straight.


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