2015 Annual GWPF Lecture
Patrick Moore – Should We Celebrate Carbon Dioxide | GWPF
In his 2015 Annual GWPF Lecture, Patrick Moore argued for celebrating carbon dioxide, stating that it is “the most life-giving substance along with water on this planet” and that it is doing the world a lot of good.
He suggested that human emissions of CO2 have saved life on Earth from a very untimely end and that the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere from human emissions is spurring increased growth of crops, forests, and plants. Moore's has been a vocal advocate for the benefits of carbon dioxide, emphasising its role as a building block of life on Earth and its positive impact on plant growth. His views on CO2 and climate change are not aligned with the mainstream scientific “consensus”, which attributes human-induced CO2 emissions to global warming and climate change.
Patrick Albert Moore is a Canadian industry consultant, former activist, and an early member and past president of Greenpeace Canada. He co-founded Greenpeace and served as a leader in the international environmental field for over four decades. Since leaving Greenpeace in 1986, Moore has criticised the environmental movement for what he sees as scare tactics and disinformation, saying that the environmental movement “abandoned science and logic in favour of emotion and sensationalism”. Moore has also published a photo-book on forests and the role they can play in solving some current environmental problems. He has given keynote speeches based on his book “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout,” where he argues for rethinking conventional wisdom about the environment and provides new ways to see the world. Moore is a climate change realist and has a comprehensive understanding of the geologic time scale, allowing him to contextualise climate change, CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere, and extreme weather events.
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