I’ve been inundated on Facebook with anti-1080 activists who have taken great exception at my scathing criticism of their unscientific hysteria and have been startled and frightened by the utter lack of reason within a large chunk of the environmental activist whanau.
If you are freaking out about 1080, vaccinations and fluoride in the water, wait until you hear about this thing called global warming. It’ll make you appreciate how petty your fears really are.
I can not take seriously people who are anti 1080, anti vaccinations and anti fluoride in water but who don’t believe in global warming – it’s the most insane position a human being can take, and yet time and time again I’ve found myself in social media battles over the weekend with ‘environmental activists’ who are convinced global warming is a hoax while screaming about 1080, vaccinations and fluoridation in water.
It’s the most bizarre thing I think I’ve ever witnessed.
I had no idea how scientifically illiterate so many activists were and how social media has warped people into echo chambers of pure ignorance – this has been as eye opening as it has been depressing!
I have read much of what the anti 1080 crew have posted and am not convinced at all of their conclusions.
Yes, 1080 is a nasty poison.
Yes we are one of the few country’s in the world who use it.
Of course it will sometimes kill things it’s not supposed to kill.
Sure, the Chemical Industry isn’t particularly nice.
Should we look to utilise hunters more – I certainly think from a job creation point of view that we should.
But, we have a unique landscape that is huge and difficult to reach which is why we use the stuff and without it rats, stoats and possums – you know the introduced vermin of the country, would decimate our local and indigenous wild life in a couple of years leaving our forests full of pests with very little bird life.
1080 is an opportunity cost, if we didn’t use it the results from an explosion of vermin are far, far, far worse environmentally than using it. You know, the same rational logic we use for vaccinations.
To claim there is some vast shadowy conspiracy behind this all is Cameron Slater-eske in its absurdity.
This entire debate has come across as a bit cultish devoid of basic reason.
Let me be clear – global warming poses an existential threat to our species in a way that makes the threat from vaccinations, fluoride in water and 1080 combined and amplified a thousand times could never reach.
It’s like complaining about a cut finger when you are about to be decapitated – if this green ignorance masquerading as activism is the future of the environmental movement in NZ – we are doomed! I can’t take people screaming about 1080 seriously when we as a species face civilisation collapse in less than a century.
You want to be righteously fearful of something – look at this…
— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) August 28, 2018
…how can you complain about 1080 or fluoride in the water or anti-vaccination nonsense when Global Warming will burn us off large chunks of the planet within most of our lifetimes?
PS – I swear if someone mentions the UN’s ‘Agenda 21’ to me one more time, I will fucking scream.