Even Maggie Thatcher Got It

Since the recent death of Margaret Thatcher, the news has been filled with commentary about the former British Prime Minister. Never a fan of ‘The Iron Lady’ myself, I was surprised–and impressed–to read what she had stated publicly (below) about global warming.

Mrs. Thatcher spoke caringly and eloquently about the need to make changes and sacrifices “so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.”  And she called on us to “do our duty to Nature before it’s too late.”

Mrs. Thatcher’s words surprised me because I am used to hearing today’s conservative politicians routinely deny the science of climate change. Unlike her conservative counterparts in today’s U.S., Mrs. Thatcher accepted the evidence presented by the overwhelming majority of climate scientists.

Hearing Mrs. Thatcher’s words also reminded me of a shameful fact–that the United States is the only western democracy in which an entire major political party denies the truth of climate science.  Indeed, in last year’s race for the presidency, every single one of the Republican hopefuls dismissed climate change as an issue worthy of action.

I respect Maggie Thatcher.  For her, conservative political principles did not mean denying science.  Not only did she accept the findings of climate scientists, but she spoke out about the urgency of coming together to address this unprecedented challenge.

I hope climate change-denying American conservatives are paying attention to what the Iron Lady said on this subject.–April Moore

But the threat to our world comes not only from tyrants and their tanks. It can be more insidious though less visible. The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.Our ability to come together to stop or limit damage to the world’s environment will be perhaps the greatest test of how far we can act as a world community. No-one should under-estimate the imagination that will be required, nor the scientific effort, nor the unprecedented co-operation we shall have to show. We shall need statesmanship of a rare order…

We have become more and more aware of the growing imbalance between our species and other species, between population and resources, between humankind and the natural order of which we are part.

In recent years, we have been playing with the conditions of the life we know on the surface of our planet. We have cared too little for our seas, our forests and our land. We have treated the air and the oceans like a dustbin. We have come to realise that man’s activities and numbers threaten to upset the biological balance which we have taken for granted and on which human life depends.

We must remember our duty to Nature before it is too late…


3 Responses to “Even Maggie Thatcher Got It”

  1. sandra rose Says:

    I wonder if her respect for climate change science was grounded in the fact that she herself was quite a well reputed chemist. I would hope so. And indeed it is wonderful that this arch conservative was oblivious to the concept of climate change as a political matter.

  2. Leslie Says:

    I really appreciate this post! The fact about the collective denial of the Republican party is indeed shameful, making Mrs. Thatcher’s stance that much more remarkable. As Earth Day approaches, such examples of leadership on climate change give me hope.

  3. Patsy Wagner Says:

    I learned something new about Margaret Thatcher! Not that I really knew that much about her before, but I really like this part.

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