Pernicious campaign is unfair on well-meaning people who want to help expert
The battle between climate change deniers and the environment movement has entered a new, pernicious phase. That is the stark warning of one of the worlds leading climate experts, Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.
Mann told the Observer that although flat rejection of global warming was becoming increasingly hard to maintain in the face of mounting evidence, this did not mean climate change deniers were giving up the fight.
First of all, there is an attempt being made by them to deflect attention away from finding policy solutions to global warming towards promoting individual behaviour changes that affect peoples diets, travel choices and other personal behaviour, said Mann. This is a deflection campaign and a lot of well-meaning people have been taken in by it.
Mann stressed that individual actions eating less meat or avoiding air travel were important in the battle against global warming. However, they should be seen as additional ways to combat global warming rather than as a substitute for policy reform.