He once declared spider flatulence to be more damaging to the environment than fossil fuels.
But the veteran children’s TV presenter is paying the price for his outspoken remarks.
Yesterday he revealed he has become the victim of a vicious hate campaign by environmentalist ‘zealots’.
Mr Ball – father of Radio Two DJ Zoe Ball – popularised maths and science for millions of youngsters in the 1970s and 1980s with his eccentric TV shows.
More recently he has carved out a career giving talks in schools and at science festivals and teachers’ conferences.
But he says zealots are trying to sabotage his career because he has described climate change as ‘alarmist nonsense’.
He claims the internet has been used to try to discredit his opinions.
Bloggers have run campaigns stating Mr Ball ‘should not be allowed near children’.
And an imposter has even tried to cancel his booking at a training day for maths teachers in Northampton.
In a sinister twist, websites have also been set up in his name which contain pornographic images.
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Beddington's Poison: How Gross Intolerance Is Crushing Free Debate On Climate Change
- Brendan O'Neill, The Daily Telegraph
The fate that has befallen Johnny Ball confirms that there is no greater heresy today than to doubt climate change. Once a demigod amongst thirtysomethings, who remember having their eyes opened to the wonders of science and numbers by this excitable boffin of 1980s TV, Ball is now treated as a sad and pathetic and possibly demented old man. Why? Because he doesn’t buy into climate change orthodoxy. He doesn’t think the world will come to an end anytime soon as a consequence of humankind’s penchant for driving cars and holidaying in Magaluf. He dares to slate the “alarmism” of the apocalypse-hungry Green movement. All of which means that his presence, never mind his allegedly evil words, can no longer be tolerated in polite society.
Ball says his career is being “wrecked by environmentalists”. He says the number of invitations he receives to speak at science festivals and the like has plummeted by 90 per cent over the past two years, as “extreme greens” have publicly ridiculed his views and even set up websites featuring him in photoshopped porno images. And it isn’t only misanthropic extremists, for whom “tolerance” and “open debate” are utterly alien concepts, who have declared jihad against Johnny – so too has the supposedly liberal, open-minded, pro-science, atheistic wing of the chattering classes. In 2009 Ball was booed off stage and subjected to chants of “shame, shame, shame” at a rationalist comedy shindig in London after he said spiders’ farts are a greater cause of climate change than mankind’s carbon emissions.
The spiders farting thing might be an eccentric viewpoint. (And so what? When did eccentricity become a crime?) But much of what Ball says about today’s end-of-days enviro-mania is eminently sensible. Who would seriously quibble with his critique of the idea that in 39 or 40 years’ time earth will no longer be able to sustain human life, and his concern that teaching such guff in schools is “frightening schoolchildren to an alarming degree”? After all, a recent study did find that more and more schoolkids are having sleepless nights panicking about carbon-induced doom in the same way my generation wasted hours of our youths fretting about a nuclear holocaust that would leave behind only cockroaches.
But then, when it comes to climate change orthodoxy – the planet’s getting hotter, it’s mankind’s fault, only eco-austerity will save us – it doesn’t matter if your challenge is wacky or well-informed. It will still be treated as suspect, as the ravings of a crazed mind or part of an oil-funded dastardly plot. No dissent can be tolerated.
Polite society will use all the powers at its disposal – winks, nods, raised eyebrows, slurs, no more commissions, no more invites, Twitter-outrage, web ridicule, demonisation – to let dissenters know they are No Longer Welcome. It’s like an Inquisition in reverse. Where the first inquisitors sometimes punished those who promoted rationalism, today’s “eco-inquisitors” attack those who question their narrow view of what’s rational. Indeed, chief scientist John Beddington this month called on the scientific community to be “grossly intolerant” of anyone who promotes what he decrees to be “bad science”. The fall of Ball is what happens when gross intolerance is promoted over free debate and no one bats an eyelid.
As a climate change sceptic, Johnny Ball doesn’t mince his words.