We are routinely urged to heed climate scientists who say the world is in peril and that humanity must mend its environmentally damaging ways. What we’re rarely told is that these scientists are part of a long tradition.
Four decades ago, in January 1972, the Ecologist magazine published a lengthy essay
titled A Blueprint for Survival. Shortly afterward, the essay was re-packaged as a 140-page best-selling paperback. As the back cover of my edition explains, the book:
...offers radical proposals for immediate action...The Blueprint is supported by 34 distinguished biologists, ecologists, doctors and economists...[bold added, see list of names here
On the front, in large type, is a quote from the Sunday Times:
Nightmarishly convincing...after reading it nothing seems quite the same any more.
Forty years ago, therefore, environmentalists, experts, and journalists were doing exactly what they do now. Brandishing impressive credentials, they were scolding us about our lifestyles and threatening dire consequences if their pessimistic pronouncements were ignored.