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ENVIRONMENTALISM:
Green doctrine spells death to humanity


by Bill Muehlenberg

News Weekly, July 11, 2009
Over the years, some of the more extreme green groups have been willing to use violence, coercion and intimidation to achieve their aims. Groups such as America's Earth First! have made use of "eco-terrorism" to stop what they regard as attacks on Planet Earth. Property has been damaged and lives lost as a result.

A recent example here in Australia shows that these extremist groups are still alive and well. It seems that the extremist Earth Liberation Front (ELF) secretly visited the Melbourne home of Hazelwood power station boss Graeme York and hand-delivered a menacing letter.

The letter said this: "The irreplaceable and precious eco-systems of this Earth are worth much more than your manicured lawn, expensive car and opulent suburban house. Your property will not remain safe so long as Hazelwood continues to pollute at such an inexcusable level, swallow millions of litres of fresh water every hour and cough out hydrochloric and nitrogen acids in return."

One press account reports: "The extremist group has a record of following up on threats in the US, where it is suspected of torching dozens of homes, car yards and timber yards. A police source said delivering the letter to Mr York's home was a form of intimidation, much more menacing than posting it to his office. 'It's saying: "We know where you live. We know your car. We know you've got a family",' the source said. Details of the letter are posted on the eco-terrorists' website." (Melbourne Herald Sun, June 15, 2009).

Threatening stuff, indeed. But, as I have already mentioned, this sort of activity is not new. Radical groups employing radical tactics and menacing rhetoric have been around for some time now. And even "respectable" voices have come out with some pretty outlandish statements. Consider a few representative quotes from some of these radicals:

Back in 1953, British philosopher Bertrand Russell said this: "At present the population of the world is increasing at about 58,000 per diem. War, so far, has had no very great effect on this increase, which continued throughout each of the world wars. ... War ... has hitherto been disappointing in this respect ... but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could spread throughout the world once in every generation, survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full. ... The state of affairs might be somewhat unpleasant, but what of it?"

In 1988, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, made this creepy remark: "If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels." And in 1991 the famous French underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau said, "This is a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilise world populations, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it's just as bad not to say it."

Or what about the words of Carl Amery, founding member of the German Green Party? In 1983 he said: "We, in the green movement, aspire to a cultural model in which killing a forest will be considered more contemptible and more criminal than the sale of six-year-old children to Asian brothels."

Paul Watson, founder of Greenpeace, once said: "I got the impression that instead of going out to shoot birds, I should go out and shoot the kids who shoot birds." Equally gruesome is John Davis, editor of Earth First Journal, who declared: "I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems."

It is clear from these quotes that mankind is viewed as the enemy by these radical greenies. In case you are not yet convinced, here are two final quotes. Merton Lambert, former spokesman for the Rockefeller Foundation, put it this way: "The world has cancer, and that cancer is man." And Dr Lamont Cole, professor of ecology at Cornell University had this delightful thought: "To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem."

These people are simply human-hating benefactors of the world. They love the planet so much that they think that, in order to save it, they must hate humans. And many of these are powerful and influential thinkers, not just fringe cranks.

To illustrate where all this is heading, Michael Kile has written a clever and biting article, "The Aztec solution", in Quadrant magazine (June 2009). He suggests that we look to previous cultures for their solutions to environmental degradation. He opens his article with these words:

"Climate modelling of new data from the Aztec Codex Cihuacoatl has identified a relationship with important implications for global warming mitigation. The research suggests a strong causal pathway exists between climate change and Aztec rituals of 'nourishing the gods' with blood sacrifice.

"The evidence supports a revival of (humane) human sacrifice (HHS) as a mechanism for retarding environmental degradation and reducing dangerous climate change. HHS also would improve crop yields by allowing more effective control of surface temperature and rainfall; create anthropogenic biochar for soil enhancement and long-term carbon enrichment, especially in tropical environments with low-carbon sequestration capacity and depleted ferrasol and acrisol zones; and reduce population growth rates as the Earth's carrying capacity comes under further pressure this century."

Hmmm, the pagan Aztecs might have been on to something there. Why didn't we think of it? A bit of child sacrifice to save the environment. Of course, some already have thought of this: many radical greens campaign for abortion to keep population levels down, in order to help the planet.

Still, we might have something to learn from the Aztecs. As Kile concludes: "Human sacrifice is clearly a potent forcing agent in climate equilibration. Furthermore, analysis of the climate record suggests its decline has been a key driver of rising global temperatures. The Aztec (and other) priests were right. Only sacrifice will ensure humankind's survival. ...

"The threat of climate change is real. A long period of dangerous solar irradiance is inevitable without decisive action. Humankind has angered Sol for too long. The precautionary principle justifies reviving (humane) human sacrifice (HHS). It would be a wise exercise in risk management. To be climate-change-ready, national and global mitigation strategies should include HSS commitments, based on national population growth projections.

"In Australia, the government should offer generous grants to HHS dependants; issue free (securitised) sacrificial credits to working families; create a new Order of the Bleeding Heart; and restructure the now redundant carbon emissions trading scheme as the Human Pollution Reduction Scheme.

"These initiatives would send a strong message to the world - and to all Cihuacoatl sceptics and Huitzilopochtli deniers - that this country is serious about climate change."

Maybe Earth First!, Earth Liberation Front and other radical green groups are modern-day reincarnations of the Aztecs. With such passionate concern for the Earth, and such passionate dislike of mankind, such a possibility may not be all that far-fetched.

Bill Muehlenberg is a commentator on contemporary issues, and lectures on ethics and philosophy. His website CultureWatch is at: www.billmuehlenberg.com

REFERENCES:

"Earth Liberation Front threaten Hazelwood power's Graeme York", Herald Sun (Melbourne), June 15, 2009.
URL: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25635805-661,00.html

Michael Kile, "The Aztec solution", Quadrant, Vol. 53, No. 6, June 2009.
URL: http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2009/6/the-aztec-solution




























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