Journalist who Reveals the Truth | George Monbiot

Eureka, yesterday I made an astounding discovery, the writings of George Monbiot. I feel like I’ve struck gold. Perhaps this reveals my naïvité. I hadn’t been familiar with his name or writings, having not been a regular reader of the British Newspaper “The Guardian” among the places he has contributed. Monbiot’s candid humor amuses and his scope pierces your awareness. Recirculated by The Mind Unleashed | Uncover Your True Potential Monbiot’s article “The Eco-Apocalypse in Indonesia That No One is Talking About” was extracted from his writing within his website category Environment and the Natural World, Nothing to See Here. He states, “In the greatest environmental disaster of the 21st Century (so far), Indonesia has been blotted out by smoke. And the media.”

His website http://www.monbiot.com features a ferocious list of categories of articles he’s written about. The blog posted yesterday within this same category, is provocative, to say the least.The Dolphin Killers of Cardigan Bay/ Subtitled and predicated with the statement “Why does the Welsh government propose this gratuitous act of destruction? It refuses to say.” He talks of the absurdity that the primary place where dolphins gather in the British Isles, Cadigan Bay, which is – his words, ‘on paper’ – a ‘Special Area of Conservation’, is precisely where Welsh scallop dredgers and beam trawlers are given reign to destroy the seabed; the primary source of food for young dolphins.

George Monbiot, blogger, rspb, Royal Society Protection Birds

Here’s a picture of George Monbiot as guest blogger on rspb | Royal Society for the Protection of Birds | Giving Nature a Home


His writings are crisp exposés, rather than soggy, one dimensional limping around the truth. His broad perspective brought to every analysis comes from his driving thoroughness in investigating the topic and background interest in the environment, politics and economics. This makes all of his writings on whatever subject refreshingly clear, in how he pierces into the truth rather than the typical white-washed and watered down mass media glimpses into a story.

Life-changing for me, because he’s a true journalist who cuts to the core, uncovering and revealing stories from multifaceted angles. “The Eco-Apocalypse in Indonesia That No One is Talking About” reveals promptly the difference between typical mainstream journalism and his crisp dissection of the real issues and correlation to the real sources of the problem. In this case, the continuing practice of clear-cutting and burning rain forests in Indonesia, to support the lumber and palm oil industries, which together with El Niño and climate change, are manifesting as the worst ecological disaster and highest input of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, to date. His exposé of the political and economic culprits behind this manmade disaster lie beneath the story of the damage that is being done to the inhabitants, wildlife and nature there.

Upon reading the title of one of his books, “The Age of Consent; A Manifesto for a New World Order”, I immediately thought of Noam Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent; The Political Economy of the Mass Media”. Chomsky proposes that the mass communication media of the United States are a system of effective and powerful ideological institutions carrying out messages that reinforce certain ideals and tendencies among the population – propaganda. He states that the former ‘anti-Communism’ model of social control was replaced by the present ‘War on Terror’. In The Age of Consent, Monbiot writes that “Our task is not to overthrow globalization, but to capture it, and to use it as a vehicle for humanity’s first global democratic revolution.”

In Michael Meacher’s “ review of Monbiot’s The Age of Consent ” for the Guardian, Meacher states, “This is an extremely important book. George Monbiot offers a searchingly rigorous analysis of the sources of American power and presents a package of proposals that would radically redraw the present world order. It is breathtaking in its radicalism, but for anyone who is serious about tackling the current US hegemony, it is difficult to fault the logic.”

There are plenty of topics George Monbiot has written about, which you can read and educate yourself to your heart’s delight.

http://www.theguardian.com/profile/georgemonbiot
http://www.monbiot.com

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About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

4 Responses to Journalist who Reveals the Truth | George Monbiot

  1. DV says:

    Monbiot in the references you provide also discovered in 2011 (all ecologists should read those 2011 entries on his website) that greens like Caldicott have behaved like climate change deniers about nuclear energy- turning a blind eye to evidence of its safety, and evidence about the real impact of Chernobyl, and charging cover up when science doesn’t support their position on nuclear). Those threads and Monbiot’s integrity and support of science have done the environmental movement a great favor.

    • carolkeiter says:

      Thanks very much for your comments Danny, I will investigate these articles of Monbiot’s back in 2011 that you mention, to understand what he presents – his perspective and argument. I appreciate the information you send. Certainly it will help to formulate my own understanding about nuclear energy.

      Carol

      • carolkeiter says:

        Thanks again Danny for not only commenting on my blog but taking the time to point out this information to me; regarding thread of writing in which George Monbiot discovers that the environmental green activists’ (including himself) have a blind eye and lack of scrutiny regarding the positive sides of nuclear energy, with respect to the dramatically alternative and efficient IFR reactors and the fact that the alternative is using way too much fossil fuel with their obvious extremely deleterious repercussions. In fact, yesterday I went to Monbiot’s website and searched for 2011 and Helen Caldicott and came up with the whole thread of 5 articles which I read. Frankly, it really opened up my eyes. I had no idea that nuclear energy could be considered ‘safe’. I do gather that it is not necessarily the best option, but a better one than in terms of the repercussions of CO2 levels and other consequences of dirty fossil fuel industries. I also hadn’t known that even the physical effects of nuclear exposure could conceivably be blown up and politicized. I also for the first time learned of this particular type of nuclear processor that is able to use all of the ‘depleted’ nuclear waste (of which only 6% was used) to extract energy from all of the remaining fuel and that it has less of a chance of exploding or causing severe damage. All of this was new to me. While among activists, journalists, bloggers and entrepreneurs during my two week stay at the Place to B which coincided with the COP21 Paris climate talks this past December 2015, there were two Scandinavian men who had books on the positive aspects of nuclear power that they were handing out (from a very successful crowd-sourcing that left them with a surplus). I had not yet read their work, yet now am curious if their material and research also mentions this alternative “integral fast reactors (IFRs)… These are nuclear power stations which can run on what old nuclear plants have left behind. Conventional nuclear power uses just 0.6% of the energy contained in the uranium that fuels it. Integral fast reactors can use almost all the rest.” Thanks indeed for sharing and opening my mind to this, as I will certainly further investigate and write about the subject.

  2. DV says:

    I am thrilled you discovered George Monbiot. At the website you mentioned (www.monbiot.com) you will find a great thread he entered back in 2011 that I would recommend all Greens or ecological minded folk should read. In it he asks anti-nuclear “leader” Helen Caldicott for evidence of the outlandish claims the anti-nuclear energy movement makes about Chernobyl (for example, that the area is still massively toxic or that almost a million people died). Of course, she cannot produce it as those so-called “facts” are pure inventions. Science finds that even including 2 prior serious accidents in the former USSR and Japan nuclear energy is still the safest way to produce huge amounts of energy and help us overcome climate change (in tandem with the development of renewables of course), but Monbiot accuses the anti-nuclear movement of cherry picking evidence (and sources that are not science papers at that), of accusing the science minded of a cover up when the facts don’t agree with it, and in fact of having to continue in its confirmation bias through ignoring science and promoting fantasies. Monbiot has thus done the environmental movement a great service through his courage, his integrity and his insistence on scientific evidence.

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