'When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?'
Environmental activist and author Mark Lynas and his organic farming father, Bry - both with strong OneWorld connections - are making waves with their rethinking on nuclear power and organics.
Mark started it off with an "I was wrong" declaration on nuclear power. The former OneWorld Editor, GM-crop trasher, pie-thrower and pioneer climate change militant wrote an article in 2010 headlined "Why We Greens Keep Getting It Wrong" and decided that nuclear power was not the enemy but was an essential weapon in the anti-global warming armoury.
He followed up with an apology for his previous anti-GM stance. Interestingly, he defended his switch by arguing that it was important to go with the science: "My anti-science environmentalism became increasingly inconsistent with my pro-science environmentalism with regard to climate change."
Now dad Bry, creator of OneWorld's Tiki the Penguin and an anti-GM activist, has gone public with an explanation of "why I have undergone a slow conversion in my thinking over the last 15 years from strongly anti-GM to cautiously pro." He accuses the organic movement and other mainstream 'green' organisations of being "stuck in a time warp 30 years out of date".
It's a reasoned argument, in which he says there is such a thing as "bad GMO", and, as ever with the Lynas family, it's worth a careful read.blog comments powered by Disqus