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25 years ago Mrs Thatcher made an impassioned plea to the world for action on the environment

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A tweet from Ben Gummer, the Ipswich MP, led me to a resumé of a speech Margaret Thatcher. Now we can only regret that the world did not listen more carefully and take action.

Part of what she said to the General Assembly of the United Nations was:

What we are now doing to the world, by degrading the land surfaces, by polluting the waters and by adding greenhouse gases to the air at an unprecedented rate—all this is new in the experience of the earth. It is mankind and his activities which are changing the environment of our planet in damaging and dangerous ways.

We can find examples in the past. Indeed we may well conclude that it was the silting up of the River Euphrates which drove man out of the Garden of Eden…

The difference now is in the scale of the damage we are doing.

It was a powerful speech, the full importance of which seems to have been lost on even some of her most fervent followers.

As Peter Franklin, author of the post, comments: “If David Cameron were to do that today, he’d immediately be accused of being out-of-touch, of obsessing over an issue far removed from the everyday concerns of ordinary voters.”

There is a link to the post in the tweet above: it is well worth reading.

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