To see my full response to this film visit: http://jeremiahgriffin.blogspot.com/2011/05/scriptural-and-theological-defense-of.html]]>
As if increasing desertification events and extinction rates don’t speak for themselves, an excellent paper by Fischer, Lindenmayer and Manning (2006) makes it quite clear that ecosystem resilience rely on keystone species protection and avoiding islandisation among other things. There’s simply no evidence that God gave us a world to exploit without detrimental consequences, but ample evidence to the contrary.
As for developing nations, just looking at 2 recent papers; Giam et al(2010)[doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.04.019], and Vörösmarty et al (2010) [doi:10.1038/nature09440], I’d suggest that they are most at risk, not only to climate change, but also adopting unsustainable practices from developed nations over the coming century. Protecting the poor means helping them avoid our previous mistakes. Much of the discussions and suggestions made by different groups who identify climate change as a major concern over the coming century also acknowledge that one of the top priorities is a sharing of wealth from developed nations to developing nations to help assist adaptation.
Hypocritically, this Cornwall Alliance is urging business as usual which comes with continuing the ignorance of struggling nations.]]>