Chris Packham: Twat

No, I\’ve no idea who he is either but I can tell you that he\’s a twat.

Chris Packham, the wildlife presenter, has called on world leaders to limit population growth in order to stop the mass extinction of species including tigers and pandas.

A fair enough call.

But he said different policies could be developed in different areas of the world to encourage people to have less children such as promoting contraception, cash incentives and taxes.

And that\’s why he\’s a twat.

Because, having worked himself up to such a (hugely, absolutely no doubt about it,) moral fervour he\’s forgotten to go and find out what we do know about limiting, even reversing, population growth.

Which is economic growth of course.

You want to save the pandas, tigers, gorillas and so on? Great, I think it\’s a great idea. Fully with you. But only if you\’re prepared to learn what will actually save them: globalised capitalism red in tooth and claw.

Otherwise you\’re just being a twat.

8 thoughts on “Chris Packham: Twat”

  1. Question – does economic growth limit population? I know about the birth rate, but lots of the richest places on earth are the most densely populated, and economic growth increases lifespans, which increases population. Also on a simple correlation world population is a lot higher thant it was when the world was a lot poorer.

  2. Yup, that’s the chap. Has previously called for the wildlife movement to leave the panda to die out and concentrate on less ‘charismatic’ creatures, I believe.

    So expecting him to know anything about capitalism is futile…

  3. He has a point about the panda. I would hate to lose the species, and they are useful as a poster child, but if you have limited resources for conservation, you get a lot more bang for your buck by saving more diverse habitats such as rainforests and coral reefs than on the virtual monoculture of chinese bamboo forests.

  4. Whilst Packham is indeed a twat, look at the two strands that run right through that article.

    1. Biodiversity must be managed. The Convention on Bio Diversity is angling to put a price on the natural world and then extract it from us.

    2. The view that humans are merely part of that biodiversity and as a consequence must be managed with the rest of it.

    The so called ‘ecosystems services’ are the kind of thing that has put dollar signs in the eyes of the WWF and their ilk with things like REDD. A UN endorsed programme that will see environmental groups squat on tracts of land that are not commercially viable for logging and then sell the carbon credits they will be handed.

  5. “I would hate to lose the species, and they are useful as a poster child…”

    Well, that’s pretty much all they are useful for. Try getting the public to stump up for the harvest mouse or leatherback sea turtle….

  6. Managing diversity sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Didn’t we learn anything after the great hurricane when all those trees blew down.

    The areas left alone recovered very quickly whilst the managed parts were still struggling last time I looked into it a few years ago.

  7. I hate Chris Packham because he said that we shouldn’t have vets, and if our pets are ill we should let them die because otherwise it will interrupt evolution.

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