The issue of climate change is a charged one in my extended household, as one particular member of it (my father, if you must know) is a strident denier. I take a more “mainstream” view – the reality of climate change has been convincingly demonstrated, and it’s causes are partly cyclical but probably exacerbated by global industrial activity. Some form of strategy aimed at mitigating its effects as well as adapting to them is undoubtedly an urgent priority.
My father is a baby boomer consumer par excellence and, threatened by the implications of climate change for his economic worldview, chooses to swallow wholesale the dissenting views of a small minority who continue to pedal untruths, half-truths and conspiracy theories to a public largely unaware of the nuances of the science.
So it is that I find myself saddened and disturbed by Graham Redfearn’s article: