Many who call themselves environmentalists are actually old fashioned, sentimental pagans rejigging their superstitions with the help of pseudo-science and the inanities of “New Age” fashions and fads. They even attempt their own calendar with regular festivals. For example, they inaugurated “Earth Day” back in 1970 and made eighteen terrifying predictions about the fate of the Earth, which they like to refer to as “the planet” – as if our home were somewhere alien.

1: Harvard biologist George Wald estimated that:

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”

2: Barry Commoner, a biologist working at Washington University wrote in the journal ‘Environment’:

“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.”

3: Reporting on the first Earth Day, The New York Times printed an editorial warning:

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.”

They wouldn’t get away with all that “man” and “his” stuff nowadays and would have to use the gender-neutral terms “humankind” and “their.” Apart from that syntactical modification, they are still talking the same old baloney.

4: The incompetent biologist Paul Ehrlich wrote in the April 1970 edition of ‘Mademoiselle’

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

Actually, food production has increased spectacularly and there are now many more obese than starving.

5: In his Jeremiad Catastrophe, Ehrlich added:

“Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born. By 1975 some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”

Forty years on we are still here singing the old school song.

6: Ehrlich elaborated his direst scenario for the 1970 Earth Day issue of ‘The Progressive’, assuring readers that, between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the “Great Die-Off.”

7: Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of ‘The Living Wilderness’, declared:

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,”

8: Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970:

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East and Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions. By the same year the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

9: In January 1970, the magazine ‘Life’ reported:

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution, by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”

10: Also in 1970, ecologist Kenneth Watt informed ‘Time’ Magazine that:

“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”

11: Barry Commoner (him again) predicted that decaying organic pollutants would use up all the oxygen in America’s rivers and cause freshwater fish to suffocate.

12: Ehrlich concurred, predicting in 1970 that:

“Air pollution is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone. 200,000 Americans will die in 1973 during smog disasters in New York and Los Angeles.”

13: The same prophet of man-made doom warned in the May 1970 issue of ‘Audubon’ that DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons

“may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.”

Ehrlich warned that Americans born since 1945

“…now have a life expectancy of only 49 years, if current patterns continue this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out.”

He failed to predict the spiraling number of obese American septuagenarians and the threefold rise in the number living to be over a hundred

14: Ecologist Kenneth Watt claimed:

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any’.”

Yeah – and in 2016 we have an oil glut.

15: Harrison Brown at the National Academy of Sciences, published a chart in ‘Scientific American’ that looked at metal reserves and warned that humanity will totally run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would already have gone before 1990.

16: Senator Gaylord Nelson wrote in ‘Look’:

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

17: Ehrlich was back in 1975 to predict that

“Since more than nine-tenths of the original tropical rainforests will be removed in most areas within the next 30 years or so, it is expected that half of the organisms in these areas will vanish with it.”

18: Kenneth Watt warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech:

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years so that the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”

Well, Ken, that should at least put paid to global warming.

None of this tosh is or ever was anything to do with science. It is the sort of witchcraft that people resort to when they have abandoned Christianity. It persists in predictions – come and gone – about the destruction of the ozone layer and in the biggest pagan con-trick of them all: their fantasy of global warming. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink and put another log on the fire. Then make a parcel of all the books and magazines in which these varieties of nonsense appeared, take them to your local library and place them on the Mind, Body & Spirit shelf where they belong with the rest of the new paganism.

We might add a 19th failed prophecy: that of Al Gore who in ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in 2006 said that in ten years all humankind would be on the edge of extinction.

Well, Al, a happy 2017 to you and all those of my readers who survived the New Age ecologists’ apocalypse!

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