Gloom, doom and cloud cuckoos
When environmental campaigners get together, as they did at the Alternative Conference for the Rio Summit in London at the weekend, talk always turns to whether it is more effective to frighten people into action, through warnings of impending eco-doom, or to inspire them to with promises of eco-bliss in a better world.
The debate was set in the opening session when Stephen Tindale, former director of Greenpeace UK, told the meeting that "there's too much gloom and doom in the environmental movement", and said that Murtin Luther King would not have inspired civil rights action with an "I have a nightmare" speech.
Fellow panellist Phil Thornhill, national coordinator of the Campaign Against Climate Change, responded, "I can't get too much doom and gloom - myself, I'd rather be there than in Cloud Cuckoo Land."
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