Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Stern isn't a Cnut

Further to a recent post, King Cnut demonstrated the limits of his power by ordering the waves to retreat. They didn't because, as the strategists might say, waves have their own agenda and don't care much for empty exhortation.

The first and last sentences of today's front page story in The Times, based on an interview with Lord Stern:
People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming.
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The UN has warned* that [global] meat consumption is on course to double by the middle of the century.

But never mind the rest of the world and their carnivorous appetites, I'm sure Stern would argue that we in Britain need to lead the way and set an example. Every bit counts, no?

Apparently Lord Stern is 'not a strict vegetarian himself'. That is, he eats meat.



*Warned! I bet those hungry Chinese and Indians can't wait.

6 comments:

worm said...

I thought that cows farting damaged the atmosphere? Imagine adding to that a whole nation that ate only beans.

Gadjo Dilo said...

Yes indeed. Does anybody in Britain still wear those "Eat The Rich" badges?

Brit said...

Oh great - he offers us the prospect of barbecue summers and then tells us we can't eat meat.

Stop the world, I'm getting off.

Gaw said...

Worm: And once everyone else realised our good sense add another few billion. That's a lot of bad eggs.

Gadjo: No they don't. I guess now it's becoming a literal proposition it's less funny. Anyway, it's surely the poor wot gets eaten.

Brit: Those mushroom and pepper kebabs don't really hit the spot do they? But anyway I'm sure burning charcoal would be so shaming no-one would be able to live with themselves if they did it any more. That's how it works, see?

Peter Burnet said...

Farting cows and barbequed steaks may be worrisome, but imagine how much closer doomsday would be if billions of Indians and Chinese fired up their stoves to make cupcakes instead.

Gaw said...

Especially those mobile amphibious armed ones. Could precipitate a new arms race.