John Gibbons (activist)
|"Whatever happens next month at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, humanity has almost certainly already crossed the climate Rubicon".|
|— John Gibbons, 2009|
For two years Gibbons contributed a weekly column to The Irish Times, analysing aspects of climate change and sustainability. The newspaper dropped the column in February 2010, although it continued to publish articles by Gibbons. His work has also appeared in 'The Guardian' and Sunday Tribune.
Criticisms of Irish response to environmental problems
Citing evidence that global media coverage of climate change in 2010 fell to levels not seen since 2005, Gibbons argues that there is a similar trend in Ireland. He accuses Irish newspapers and Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) of "giving too much coverage to 'anti-science' climate change deniers and failing to convey the gravity of the threat, making readers and viewers apathetic". In particular he has been critical of the stance taken on the issue of global warming by broadcaster Pat Kenny.
Gibbons has argued that global economic recovery will be constrained by energy shortages, and he points out that the Irish economy, with its relatively high per capita use of energy, is particularly vulnerable to "peak oil", the anticipated decline in global oil production.
- John Gibbons (November 19, 2009). "Kenny stirs up bogus climate change debate". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 17, 2010.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2010-12-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- John Gibbons (25 July 2010). 2020 vision why we have 10 years to save our planet[permanent dead link], Sunday Tribune
- Gabrielle Monaghan (April 4, 2010). "A little warming under the collar". The Sunday Times. Retrieved April 12, 2010.
- John Gibbons (April 8, 2010). "Ireland 'among most vulnerable' to peak oil". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 17, 2010.