Why having fewer children won’t save the earth

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A study that claims having one fewer child will reduce your carbon footprint by 58 metric tons a year is getting attention.  Especially from progressives who already tend to look down on big families.

But Lyman Stone shows that the study is fake science based on ludicrously fake mathematics. [Read more…]

The earth will soon be uninhabitable

Within a few decades, according to an article in New York Magazine, global warming will make our planet uninhabitable.  Human beings will become extinct due to heat death, the end of food, climate plagues (such as bubonic plague germs thawing out when the icecap melts), unbreathable air, perpetual war, permanent economic collapse, and poisoned oceans.

In fact, if this time table is correct, most of us now reading this blog will die of one or more of those factors, each of which is discussed in a section of the article.  Read the article linked after the jump.

Now a number of climate scientists, including those who warn about global warming, are saying that this apocalyptic doomsaying gets the science wrong and does more harm than good.

Why is that?

Do you think there is something to these warnings.  Are they an attempt to get people’s attention in the face of public skepticism about the problem?  Is it better to give the worse case scenario rather than a more measured treatment if the purpose is to “wake people up”?

Compare this prophecy to religious end-of-the-world proclamations.  Is it a sign that environmentalism has become a religion, complete with “Repent for the End is Near!” preaching?

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And now, the nature rights movement 

Main_Ganga_river,_before_the_Bhimgoda_barrage,_HaridwarThe language of “rights” tends to win all arguments.  There are “human rights.”  These include “women’s rights,” “minority rights,” “gay rights.”  Then people started asserting “animal rights.”  A new strategy for some environmentalists is to assert “nature rights.”

In a recent victory for that movement, a river in New Zealand held sacred to the Maoris has been legally declared a “person.”  Similarly, a court in India declared that for the purposes of law the Ganges river, sacred to the Hindus, is also a “person.”

This is an odd accommodation for secular governments to be so deferential to religions.  But the impetus is not so much religious as environmentalist.  Wesley J. Smith, who writes about these developments (read him after the jump), quotes an environmental defense organization that is behind other attempts to claim “rights” for other “natural communities,” such as mountains, streams, and forests.

For an overview of this movement, see the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature website.  The nation of Ecuador has formally codified the rights of nature.

Smith points out the painful irony of affirming the personhood of rivers while denying the personhood of unborn children.  Similarly, some of the same people who are sympathetic to the rights of mountains and forests are opposing human rights to religious liberty, freedom of speech, and others principles of the Bill of Rights (such as the right to keep firearms).  And they are insisting on “nature rights” while rejecting “natural law.” [Read more…]

“We’re the ones that are going to start contaminating the water.”

Dakota_Access_Pipeline_-Elder_Addressing_Crowd-Thousands of protesters joined the Standing Rock Sioux to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.  They were trying to stop an oil pipeline because it crossed sacred lands and for fear that it would pollute the Missouri River.  The protests led President Obama to stop the pipeline, but President Trump has approved it.

Now the protesters are gone.  But the environmentalists, so insistent on preserving a pristine natural environment, have left behind some 48 million tons of garbage.  They also abandoned some of their pets.

But the biggest urgency is that the amount of human waste and toxic material left behind threatens to pollute the Missouri River! [Read more…]

New Zealand’s animal kill-off

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Pope connects gender ideology to economic exploitation

Pope Francis connected the new gender ideology, according to which children can choose their own gender, to economic exploitation, colonialism, and the destruction of the environment.  What they have in common is the rejection of Creation, both of nature and of human beings made in God’s image. [Read more…]