|Ross McKitrick on Earth's destruction.|
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Every year for Earth Hour, Anthony Watts has an article protesting the fact that we are only able to survive in harmony with nature. He loathes the fact that his existence depends on nature. This year was no exception. In keeping with the fact that he only very rarely writes anything himself, Anthony lazily copied and pasted a protest by Ross McKitrick (archived here). Here's a quote:
I like visiting nature but I don’t want to live there, and I refuse to accept the idea that civilization with all its tradeoffs is something to be ashamed of.
That's right. Ross and Anthony regard our planet as something to be destroyed for their personal short term gratification. As long as they don't completely destroy Earth in their lifetime, the tradeoff - destruction of our planet as we know it, they are happy. They don't give a damn about other life or future generations of humans. Plants, animals, and single-celled life forms, as well as their own children can go hang for all they care.
The "I don't want to live there" speaks to an inability to accept that we can't live here on Earth without "nature". Nature is the air we breathe, which was made and is kept breathable by plants and life in the oceans. Nature is the food we eat, which derives from wild plants, and is sustained by cross-breeding of domesticated with wild plants. Nature is the fish we hunt, which even in most aquaculture farms is essentially wild. Nature is the rain that falls, giving us life-sustaining water.
The main message that Anthony and Ross are sending is that they see nature as something to be abused and destroyed for their own pleasure and comfort. They view themselves as being apart from nature, rather than part of and inextricably dependent on nature. They refuse to accept that they would not be here but for non-human life. We are nature as much as every other living thing on this planet. Almost all life forms depend entirely on the continued survival of other life forms. Most certainly higher life forms, which humans arguably are, depend on other life forms.
The other message that Anthony and Ross are sending is that they don't accept that humans can overcome our dependence on life-destroying technology. They both want to keep burning fossil fuels until the earth as we know it is dead.
If Ross McKitrick and Anthony Watts don't want to live with nature, then why don't they leave?
From the WUWT comments
Most of the comments are from like-minded people who see themselves as completely separate from nature, and who want to conquer it by destroying it. Remember, these are the same people who regard the sustainable development plan, Agenda 21, as a conspiracy of Jewish bankers to take over the world and put them all in FEMA concentration camps, or some such nonsense.
I'll give you just a small taste:
Pop Piasa is an uber-conspiracy theorist and a regular at WUWT, who despises the world we live on:
March 25, 2017 at 11:05 amRichard Bell's "thought" is typical of the WUWT-ers: declaring to the world that he really hates having to share it with nature and will do what he can to destroy it:
Strikes me that “Earth Hour” is just another apparatus for the indoctrination of the MSM disciples.
They seem to worship this planet more than its creator.
March 25, 2017 at 10:44 am
If I had the resources, I would celebrate Earth Hour by firing up the diesel generator and powering a battery of ex-WWII air defence search lights.
Forrest Gardener can't see any connection between wildlife and reflecting on our dependence on nature:
March 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm
I much preferred WWF when they were interested in wildlife.