Sole practitioner based in Devon, hanging up calculator and throwing desktop out the window on 29 March 2019, in order to get a life!
Population growth rates in the UK and EU have been falling over several years now and, in some countries, are in reverse.
The problem is not the number of people, it's the out-dated economic systems and behaviours we (mainly in the West) undertake to run our lives.
For example the cost of food, goods and services do not reflect the true cost to the planet and other communities. GDP is now way passed its use-by date and, being based on growth, has caused us & the planet to become fat & unhealthy.
We have sufficient land to grow crops to feed humans way into the future, even at the 10Bn peak predicted for mid century, we just have to drop old damaging practices.
It is with great pleasure that I make this my last post on Accountingweb.
With the help of David Attenborough, the BBC came off the fence last week and yesterday we saw a bright light in the House of Commons:
OK Andy thanks - a far more considered and comprehensive answer.
Andy, it's pointless getting into this stuff, it's off topic, either your believe that this topic is the most important the world has to deal with and applaud the students for doing something to get people and governments interested, or you don't.
You may not have had the opportunity to speak to students or parents but I'm sure if you did, you'd get to see something other than misbehaving children. Many of them are 16/17/18 year olds and even the younger ones have a far better grasp of the issues, than adults I speak to.
For example, the equivalent of Greta Thunberg in Sweden is a 13 year old student in New York, Alexandria Villaseñor. You have to see passed the tabloid "misbehaving kids" headline and imagine a real 13 year old, with her whole life in front of her, suddenly discovering that the world she is inheriting is sick and likely to pose a threat to her life, can you imagine that?
Just spend a few minutes listening to her:
If I had discovered this when I was her age, I'd have planned to bomb an oil refinery or something similar. With enthusiasm, intellect and social media they are changing opinions and making a difference.
If you really can't appreciate any of that, then just wait a few years and have another think.
First the parents need winning over, now they're indulging?
Again, have you spoken to them, or just switching belief?
"if CO2 is indeed the cause" - are you joking? CO2 represents about 80% of the greenhouse gasses followed by CH4 (Cows belching rather than farting) at 10%.
My son and his wife are desperate to have a child and are about to start IVF, shall I console them by telling them not to worry they are saving the planet?
Cheap and crass comments, if you doubt climate change and our role in it then stick your head back in the sand and let the adults try and deal with it.
How many parents have you spoken to?
The ones I spoke to on the last two events I attended were fully behind their children and, as for winning people over, in Exeter city centre where cars, busses & vans were all brought to a standstill all I saw was thumps up and clapping from drivers, passengers and passers by.
Also, in both events, with probably over 2 thousand marchers, I neither heard nor read one obscenity other than "Unf*** the Earth" which, I think, puts the case neatly.
Did the daily Mail give any numbers for the people chanting that in London, what % of the total?
Do you have proof of the people cynically manipulating them?
They are up against vested interests such as oil, gas, industrial farming (especially livestock), chemicals, the motor industry and the media, so must be someone pretty powerful.
From what I've read their main influencers have been the thousands of scientists who give their time free to the IPCC. But if you're right you need to tell the Nobel Prize Committee as Greta Thunberg has just been nominated for the peace prize.