LETHBRIDGE: A high profile speaker is made an appearance at the Tiffin Conference at Lethbridge College Thursday night.
Doctor Patrick Moore, co-founder and past president of Greenpeace, explained that he had to leave the group after 15-years because they started making un-founded claims.
He noted that a number of their ideas focused on scare-tactics and sensationalism, rather than on the facts and science.
Moore added that things like climate change have been over-blown, and that we're just starting to understand how it works now. He also commented that the weather is constantly changing, and that those who rely on it like individuals in the agriculture industry, should rest-assured that we will continue to see cycles where things will get warmer and then cool off again. Moore then stated that this winter both in North-America and Europe proves that point.
Another important issue that Moore brought up, is that industry and the environment don't have to clash. He stated that there's no better example then logging and the use of wood products. He says that as long as we're planting new trees to replace the ones we use, it's not an issue.
Further to that, Moore noted that when we don't use lumber to build things like small buildings, then we're using things like steel, concrete and plastics, products which are based on non-renewable fossil fuels.
Moore also touched on the topic of genetically modified foods, explaining that while Greenpeace is firmly against such ideas, there's no down side to using them. He says that it both provides more food while using fewer resources.
Moore explained that he thinks of himself as a "sensible environmentalist", and that we don't need to be afraid of the future in order to protect the world we live in.