Radical action necessary
Dawson and Pope endorse the
view that “there is now no non-radical
option available … . Something must
change: will we choose changes to
our human systems that have other
desirable features, or have involuntary
ones imposed on us as the planet
changes?” (p. 139). They also support a
divestments campaign whereby people
and institutions withdraw financial
and social support for the fossil fuel
industry, and are sympathetic to those
who have demonstrated a willingness
to risk jail time for their commitment
to the cause.
Because large-scale commercial
food production is fossil fuel-intensive,
involving machinery, pesticides,
fertilisers, and transportation, the
authors also suggest we adopt ‘
self-sufficient living’ where we all ‘grow
our own food’ instead of depending
upon “a food production system run by
multinational agri-businesses” (p. 127).
They go even further by advocating
“a widescale transition toward vegan
diets” (p. 281).
Not only are such suggestions
completely impractical in terms of
time, knowledge, and resources, they
would make absolutely no difference
to the climate. The authors appear to
want to advertise their ‘righteousness’
but their ideas are in fact quite selfish.
When one grows more food than is
needed, it can be exchanged with
others for different goods and services.
Indeed, this is precisely how capitalism
began in the early monasteries. 2
The Scriptures consistently condemn false prophets. Jesus Himself
warned against them and stated that
they will be exposed by the bad
fruit they bear (Matthew 7: 15–20).
A prophet’s word is validated by the
truthfulness of their prophecy. Yet so
many climate change prophecies of
doom have turned out to be false!
As noted above, almost all the
climate models have been shown to
be wrong. The IPCC predicted that
global temperatures would continue to
rise in the 21st century, but they have
plateaued. Climate change alarmists
like Tim Flannery, Ove Hoegh-
Guldberg and Al Gore have repeatedly
made dire predictions, including
permanent droughts, the destruction
of coral reefs, rising sea levels, more
cyclones, and disappearing snow falls,
yet none of their ‘prophecies’ have
come true, and in many cases, the exact
opposite has occurred. As Jesus said,
“by their fruit you will recognise them”
(Matthew 7: 20).
This book is full of unsubstantiated
assertions and claims, and the authors
regularly impugn the thoughts and
motives of literally millions of people,
including Christians. They appear to be
absolutely certain of the correctness of
their views. They express no doubt or
humility at all about the righteousness
of their moral crusade to raise the
alarm of catastrophic climate change
and the need for urgent action. In their
estimation, those who reject the notion
of catastrophic man-made warming are
not only ignorant, uncaring, selfish,
and unjust, but idolatrous, sinful,
distorters of the gospel!
I found this book embarrassing to
read. It is one thing to advocate for
good stewardship of creation and care
for the poor, and to oppose pollution,
but the positions taken by the authors
would destroy Western civilization and
impoverish billions. As a contribution
to the debate on environmental issues
from a Christian perspective, this
book is practically useless. Indeed,
one could retrieve the same alarmist
nonsense from The Greens Party policy
The authors’ ignorance and
apparent lack of respect for the facts
are deplorable, which makes their
following comment extremely ironic:
“Christians are supposed to discov-
er the truth and tell it, to uncover
lies and expose them. Perhaps some
of the lies are self-deception, but it
is then our job to expose those lies
as well. If we do not expose the
lies and proclaim the truth then we
become part of a lie” (p. 59).
The irony continues when they
implore readers to “prayerfully discern
who to trust” and “seek to hear the voice
of God for us today … it would pay to
have very open ears and an open—but
critical—mind!” (p. 116). It is clear
they lack discernment, have closed and
uncritical minds, and have heard the
voices of fallible men rather than God.
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3. See ‘The World’s Population, Concentrated’,
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5. See Simon, J.L. (Ed.), The State of Humanity,
Blackwell, Oxford, p. 642, 1995. The multiple
contributors to this volume show why “the
material conditions of life will continue to get
better for most people, in most countries, most
of the time, indefinitely”. The editor concludes:
“My colleagues and I have been right across the
board in the forecasts we have made in the past
few decades, whereas the doomsayers have been
wrong across the board.”
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