Climate activism has its perils
Sorry Bob, but I agree that time is up on your repetitive columns as you are now alienating people who once supported you.
I have known you for nigh on 70 years and know that you have a passion for good works, but your message should perhaps be aimed at a wider audience now, maybe the NZ Herald or, even better, readers of the New York Times. Good luck with that. Personally, I don't think you and all the Greta Thun(der)bergs will change anything.
The problem is that you want all oil wells and coal mines closed by 5pm Friday. I don't think you have thought that through. In a short space of time, half the world would have starved to death and no new crops would be planted (not enough Clydesdales to plough the fields), so more deaths would follow . . . but at least the world population would be reduced to a size this Earth could handle.
To bring the world into line with your thinking (I am not saying you are wrong), you would have to destroy the world. New Zealand would ban milk and meat, Oz would do the same with coal and iron ore. Many countries are in the same boat.
Are China, the United States, India and Russia going to curtail their emissions? Dream on.
On a different tack, you informed us that fishing is a blood sport.
You often quote from the Bible when it suits you, and while I find myself on shaky ground here, I do recall stories of impressive fishing exploits by Jesus.
I am not preaching, Bob, but if it is good enough for the son of God to eat fish, that's fine with me.
I agree the seas have been plundered, but that is because there are too many people. If we had held the population at say 4 billion not nearly 8 billion, we would not be having this conversation.
Perhaps when you hear a new method of propulsion has been invented and the internal combustion engine is now obsolete, you could inform us in your next column.