Policy Documents

James Lovelock Letter

James Locklock –
December 12, 2012

James Locklock, orginator of Gaia theory, and one of the great founders of modern environmentalism, writes a letter of objection in regards to a proposed windfarm development in the English countryside.

Notable passage:

I am an environmentalist and founder member of the Greens but I bow my head in shame at the thought that our original good intentions should have been so misunderstood and misapplied.

We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable, nor did we expect the Greens to cast aside our priceless ecological heritage because of their failure to understand that the needs of the Earth are not separable from human needs. 

We need take care that the spinning windmills do not become like the statues on Easter Island, monuments of a failed civilisation.