Sir David Attenborough and other world-renowned scientists savage proposals for coal mine near beauty spot, Druridge Bay
Support by leading scientists for ‘Save Druridge’, and other efforts designed to block the creation of new coal mines, culminated in a ‘phone call to Newcastle University’s veteran campaigner, Dr David Golding CBE, from the legendary Sir David Attenborough.
Others involved are from Newcastle and three other northern universities, with further support by three former chairmen of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (each a ‘Professor Sir… FRS’!), who are among the UK’s most distinguished environmental scientists.
Sir David says: “It would be shameful were the UK to open this new coal mine at precisely the moment the world at large is recognising the dreadful effect of burning coal on our planet’s climate.”
But David Golding says that such strong language is typical: “Distinguished climate and energy specialists have reacted with a most ‘unacademic’ fury to the application by Banks mining company to create a new, opencast coal mine at Highthorn, near the beauty spot, Druridge Bay:
“‘Shameful’, ‘dreadful’, ‘profoundly ignorant’, ‘sacrilege’ and ‘simply insane’ may evoke echoes of Donald Tusk (!), but they haven’t been the most unrestrained comments sent to me!
“Those pushing the proposals are ‘either profoundly ignorant… or so blinded by money as to be a menace to our children and grandchildren,’ according to Professor Sir John Lawton FRS, a former Chair of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.”
The reference to ‘children and grandchildren’ reminds me of the address to world leaders at the Climate Summit in Katowice, Poland, in November, by the 15 years-old schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg:
“You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes. You’re not mature enough to tell it like it is – even that burden you leave to your children!”
We hear you, little one, and will, ourselves, try to be worthy of your leadership.
David Golding is available for interview (contact details below).
David W. Golding CBE PhD DSc DCL
Associate, Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering, and Honorary Chaplain, Newcastle University;
Development Coordinator, North East CALL TO ACTION on global poverty and climate change; Founding Trustee, Jubilee Debt Campaign; Trustee, Blue Sky Trust (ACET North East); Voluntary Spokesperson in the NE for the Climate Coalition UK.
Dr David Golding CBE
Devonshire Building (4th Floor)
Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Dr David Golding CBE
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