Do conservationists practise what they preach?

“Do as I say, not as I do” still seems to apply.  I wonder why?  Do they not actually believe their own BS, they just expect the sheeple to?

[…] Conservationists may preach about the importance of going green to save the planet, but most have a carbon footprint which is virtually no different to anyone else, a new study has shown.

Scientists as Cambridge University were keen to find out whether being fully informed about global warming, plastic in the ocean or the environmental impact of eating meat, triggers more ethical behaviour.

But when they examined the lifestyles of conservation scientists they discovered most still flew frequently – an average of nine flights a year – ate meat or fish approximately five times a week and rarely purchased carbon offsets for their own emissions.[…]

Careful, they almost sound normal.

[…] They were also less green in travelling to work than medics, and kept more dogs and cats. A recent study suggested pets are a hefty ecological burden. It takes more than two acres of grazing pasture to keep a medium-sized dog fed with meat, while the eco-footprint of a cat is similar to a Volkswagen Golf.

Even the study’s four authors – all conservation scientists – admitted that between them they took 31 flights in 2016 and had each eaten two meat dinners in the week before submitting the research.[…]

Shock, horror …. two meat dinners in one week!

[…]“As conservationists we must do a great deal more to lead by example,”  said lead author Dr Andrew Balmford, Professor of Conservation Science at Cambridge.

“Obvious starting points include changing the ways we interact, so that attending frequent international meetings is no longer regarded as essential to making scientific progress. For many of us flying is probably the largest contributor to our personal emissions.

“While it may be hard to accept, we have to start acknowledging that increased education alone is perhaps not the panacea we would hope.”[…]

Here’s a solution: Stop banging on about carbon footprints, carbon offsets, carbon emissions (who or what actually emits “carbon” anyway?), carbon trading, carbon leases, carbon futures and carbon derivatives (yup, they trade those too!)  Those of us with a brain have long ago realised that it is all just a carbon boondoggle.



This post was written by Intern Staff

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