Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Spoilt Earth

1972.  "No part of the world can escape and already almost the whole planet shows traces of pollution of all kinds.  Man is completely and wholly responsible for this."

Interesting for not mentioning climate change, although the greenhouse effect was known about and had been given serious study by then.  This came out in the year of the first UN Environment Conference (possibly not coincidentally?) which according to this focused on the same concerns: "Climate change hardly registers on the agenda, which centres on issues such as chemical pollution, atomic bomb testing and whaling."

See also much of the serious kids' telly and drama of the day (Newsround, Dr Who etc).  Dirt, dying trees, oil spills and *mutations* - it's all so much more visceral and visable and straight-up disgust-inducing than the effects of climate change (which I think most people struggle to imagine), and a lot more difficult to deny.  Someone needs to work on that.


  1. When I was growing up, I was promised an apocalypse by now. Mad Max, The Day of the Triffids, Survivors and The Good Life were all semi documentaries to me. Please, keep putting this stuff out there to show, no matter how bad we think things are now, they have, and hopefully will be, worse.

    1. Don't give up despair, schcooby, I'm confident things are going to get much shitter pretty soon :)

    2. Thanks for your unkind words.