Martin Konvička, professor of landscape ecology:
Climate alarmists are getting more and more aggressive and real environmentalists are sick of them – they have come up with the mantra that biodiversity doesn’t matter if our planetary climate is changing, or something like that. This is not just imbecility, it is a denial of the foundations on which ecological or conservationist thinking has grown. There is nothing more valuable on the planet than its natural and cultural heritage. Indeed, it is virtually certain that if life, intelligence and cultures existed on countless other planets, the nature and cultures there would be different from those on Earth. A so-called ecologist who wants to sacrifice the natural diversity of the climate is simply an anti-ecologist and an enemy.
A so-called ecologist who wants to sacrifice the natural diversity of the climate is simply an anti-ecologist and an enemy.
Yet there are plenty of recipes for fixing the climate and natural heritage, or for making the planet healthier and more livable in the face of changing climatic conditions. For the holidays, I would recommend to readers the documentary The Zimov Hypothesis, which can be found for free on YouTube, about one such recipe. A prominent Russian scientist is experimenting with returning large fauna to the polar tundra in order to slow the melting of the permafrost there. He says repeatedly in the documentary that the point of his efforts is not to stop climate change, but to make a climate-changed planet more habitable. For animals and humans. But we build windmills, heat our power plants with wood shipped across the ocean, and run oil-burning generators as a backup source of electricity. We’re not normal morons, we’re absolute morons.”