Letter: Climatic catastrophe
Monday 27 December 1999
The warning (letter, 23 December) by Peter Ewins and James Baker, chief meteorologists of the UK and USA, reminds me that since I helped to found the Green Party in 1973, every spare penny I have had has been spent on trying to promote the idea that ecology is the fundamental principle.
Green parties around the world have been formed in response to a recognition that we are approaching the limits of the Earth's ability to sustain expanding human activity. Unfortunately we guessed wrongly the precise nature of the first problems to be encountered, so that those still profiting (hugely) from business as usual were able to discount our efforts to establish a coherent political approach. Only this can hope to avert accelerating problems of which unnatural disasters are only the beginning.
The start of a new millennium seems as good a moment as any to restate the founding belief of the Green Party that from now on the chief political divide - world wide - is not poverty versus affluence but between those of us who maintain that we must treat the planet with respect, and those who cannot, or for short-sighted selfish motives delay accepting the inevitable.
Batley, West Yorkshire
Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
Indiana Jones sequel confirmed by Lucasfilm - but will Harrison Ford return to the franchise?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils