In the 1970s and into the early 1980s the environmentalism movement was betrayed and hijacked by the revolutionary communist and socialist movements. The activists of these groups had infiltrated the movement and turned it into a vehicle for anti-capitalism, anti-americanism and the promotion of a post-socialist agenda that is nonetheless aimed at a lunatic idea of “shared wealth”. Patrick Moore left Greenpeace in 1985 over this hijack of the movement.
While I’m not very sympathetic to the environmentalist movement at present, when one looks back at the reasons why the movement came into being – industrial pollution and destruction of the countryside with all the effects on human life that followed, then looking over how much better Britain is for that movement, pressing for sensible change, then we should be glad of it.
If one looks at China and Russia today, where an environmentalism movement could not begin because of the political conditions on the ground and extends one’s view to take in the damage being done, especially in China, where are the environmentalists now?
The answer is that they continue to attack democracy and the political system that allowed the movement to evolve in the first place. The environmentalists began in the 1960s with serious and honest motives. They were hijacked by the radical socialists and betrayed. Today there is no longer an environmental movement because the environmental movement is dead.