SIR – Mr Streeton is to be congratulated for taking a realistic approach to the current fashion topic of global warming. It’s the latest fad where children are being encouraged to have their voices heard as the citizens of tomorrow, but aren’t capable of reasonable thought, we hear, when they flee to Syria to become Jihadi brides.
All manner of people are climbing on the bandwagon and making empty reports via glamorous expense accounts but, at the end of the day, they’re trying to repair a broken headlight by pumping the tyres up.
There are those who tell us that the planet has warmed up before, but probably not for the present reason, ie population growth which is fuelling the rise in temperature.
One only has to consider that published statistics have the US population increasing (births minus deaths) by 3,600 per day, every day, each of whom will require somewhere to live, food to eat and raw materials for clothing, etc.
At 5% of the earth’s land area, it wouldn’t be wrong to factor the global increase to 70,000 but, even if it is only half that figure, to quote David Attenborough, ‘it can’t go on!’ The ludicrous target of 0% carbon emissions by 2050 ignores the fact that Earth will have 550m extra occupants by then. Sometimes one has to tell the child, ‘Yes, Dear, but .…’