These men were the faces of nature on the BBC in my youth – heroes you could say. You see I was a greenie then too. Never a rabid one you understand – I always believed that if you wanted to change something you had to work with those whom you wanted to influence – hence my industrial leanings even then.
Dr Bellamy spoke at my university while I was a student in the ’80s. He pulled no punches, but his enthusiasm and optimism were catching. Somehow, he didn’t seem like an establishment figure – he was edgier – a real campaigner. Back then he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, or to go out and ‘get in the way‘ of construction projects he opposed. You got what you saw and he said what he thought and on the climate issue he was vilified.
…in 2004, and in the face of scientific convention and public opinion, he dismissed man-made global warming as ‘poppycock!’
‘From that moment, I really wasn’t welcome at the BBC. They froze me out, because I don’t believe in global warming. My career dried up. I was thrown out of my own conservation groups and I got spat at in London.
He also received a letter that said “David Bellamy is a paedophile because he doesn’t believe in global warming and is killing our children.” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/David-Bellamy-The-BBC-froze-I-dont-believe-global-warming.html
“There is no question that climate change is happening; the only arguable point is what part humans are playing in it,” he says. “Personally I would be absolutely astounded if population growth and industrialisation and all the stuff we are pumping into the atmosphere hadn’t changed the climatic balance. Of course it has. There is no valid argument for denial.” Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sir-david-attenborough-14-July-2012
Isn’t it funny what has changed in thirty years since Dr Bellamy was an active campaigner. Now society has gone all politically correct. We have activists who have become more extreme but at the same time it is now PC (and the done thing) to support the environment. In fact things have gone so far that voicing a contrary opinion on environmental issues has become ‘wrong’, even when you are right. It’s just as well some like David Bellamy still have principles.