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The Loss of Environmentalism in Australia

I didn’t need a Facebook group to tell me Earth Hour is dumb because I have been telling people this since it first started.  Well now it is good to see people are finally catching on to the pointlessness of Earth Hour:

AN anti-Earth Hour group urging Australians to keep their lights blazing this weekend is a sign of waning interest in environmentalism, experts say.

The global Earth Hour movement – founded in Australia in 2007 – is asking people to switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday night.

But a Facebook group is urging people to “keep every light you own running during Earth Hour”.

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The group urges people to protest by switching lights on “if you think turning the lights out for an hour is completely ridiculous and will change nothing”.

“Or if you just think people who really believe global warming is a giant threat are dumb, join this group to keep every light you own running during Earth Hour.”

Group member Alexander Woodhouse says: “The Earth Hour makes people feel like they’ve done their share and makes them sleep better… that’s nice for them but it doesn’t really help the earth.” Another member wrote: “I don’t believe the vast majority of those participating have given it enough thought to get to that point. ‘It’s helping! I don’t know how, but it’s helping! I’m helping! I don’t have to do anything else because I’m doing this now! Go me!'”  [News.com]

I’m actually not happy about this, but on the same note not surprised that the Australian public is now becoming increasingly less concerned about environmental issues:

Australians have been losing interest in environmentalism for years, says social analyst David Chalke, who leads the annual AustraliaSCAN survey, a cultural change monitor established in 1992.

“Absolutely the GFC (global financial crisis) has accelerated a decline in interest in environmentalism that was already going on,” Mr Chalke said. “Environmentalism has been in decline among the Australian public for the last five or six years.

“The notion that we’re all becoming more environmentally concerned is not true. We get concerned occasionally when (global warming activist) Tim Flannery tells us we’re all going to die – but it’s not a genuine fundamental shift in values.

What I think is really happening is that people are catching on that the doomsayers are never correct.  How many times has people like Tim Flannery warned that “the show will be over” for Australia or other similar statements that prove to be untrue and then provide solutions such as changing the color of the sky to solve them.

The world has stopped warming since 1998, you have 31,000 scientists now on record that they are skeptical about global warming, the Australian droughts has been proven to have nothing to do with CO2 emissions, and the world has suffered through yet another brutal winter which is causing people to further realize they have been duped.  I have always said these doomsayers were bad for people actually concerned about the environment because real environmental concerns have been obscured by their Doom’s Day proclamations.

I am definitely more concerned about the plight of Australia’s marsupial wildlife such as the koala that are drastically reducing in numbers due to threats from introduced predators and loss of habitat. The loss of habitat and endangered native Australian wildlife is the greatest threat to Australia’s environment, which few people seem to know or care about due to all the lip service given to global warming.

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