fictional ‘climate science and sustainability’ …

It’s been obvious for some time to me, how environmentalist journalism is prone to exaggeration, telling tales and making things up. Ecowatch, in their eternal exaggerations, caused me to do a 5 second search of author Mongabay. Fiction is the result, with a pretty map, ending up at The Guardian:

This Map Shows How Your Consumption Habits Impact Wildlife Thousands of Miles Away

Scientists have mapped how major consuming countries drive threats to endangered species elsewhere.|By Mongabay

After perusing the above news-feed, I commented here after a short visit to Mongabay:

Tom Harley Fiction

Just what I expected to see.

Have a look, it describes the way climatist greenies can influence an environmental agenda, says Stanford University.

The purpose of Australian novelist Guy Lane’s fiction writing is to help normalize the conversation about sustainability. At present, only a small percentage of the public talks about climate science and sustainability. The opportunity exists to bring these ideas to a wider audience through popular fiction.

Cover of the novel Yongala by Guy Lane, featuring the image Sarah by Andreas Franke from The Sinking World collection.
Cover of the novel Yongala by Guy Lane, featuring the image Sarah by Andreas Franke from The Sinking World collection.

[…] The challenge is to embed the sustainability themes so that they do not become didactic or overt, and thus distract from the flow of the story. Fiction novels are not text-books, and themes need to be divulged subtly, with the intent that they work their way into the subconscious of the reader.

This writing process allows Guy to cover a broad range of sustainability themes, including Planetary Boundaries, the Blue Economy, Eradicating Ecocide, the rise of the global Superclass, algae biofuels, and the role of the mainstream media in keeping us all in the dark. Guy’s writing process has three distinct levels: theme, context, characters and plot.

In ‘normal speak’ translation, leftist propaganda or science fiction. They are quoting this ‘Guy’, a Guardian Fake News writer:

  • Guy Lane | The Guardian


    Guy Lane . Guy Lane is Assistant Picture Editor, News. 19 December 2016. … climate change wildlife energy pollution science media crosswords blog editor quick

    So Stanford University is a Guardian reader. Heh. Reality becomes fiction, or is it fiction becoming reality. Ask Guy:

  • Guy Lane Fiction Writer

    Guy Lane‘s novels showcase the ideas of a practitioner and thought-leader in sustainability. He is a strategist, advisor, commentator and entrepreneur.

  • About Tom Harley

    Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley) Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Incorporated Kimberley Environmental Horticulture (KEH) is a small group of committed individuals who promote the use of indigenous plants for the landscaping of parks and gardens. Rehabilitation of Kimberley coast, bushland and pastoral regions are also high on our agenda. This includes planting seedlings, weed control, damage from erosion or any other environmental matter that comes to our attention. We come from all walks of life, from Professionals and Trades oriented occupations, Pensioners and Students, Public Servants and the Unemployed. We have a community plant nursery where we trial many old and new species, with a view to incorporating these into our landscaping trials. Our labour force are mainly volunteers, but with considerable help from the 'work for the dole' program, Indigenous Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) groups and the Ministry of Justice, with their community work orders; in this way we manage to train many people in the horticultural skills needed for indigenous plant growing. We constantly undertake field trips that cover seed and plant collection in the Kimberley. Networking around the Kimberley region and the east Pilbara is a necessary part of promoting our activities. We consult on a range of Environmental and Landscaping matters that deal with our region. Our activities involve improving Broome's residential streetscapes by including 'waterwise' priciples in planting out nature strips. Sustainable environmental horticulture is practised by members of our group. We use existing vegetation as the backbone of any plantings, using these species to advantage when planning to develop tree forms or orchards. The Broome region is sensitive to development. Subsequently many weed species have become dominant in and around developed areas. The use and movement of heavy machinery is the biggest single cause of environmental degradation. We dont live in a 'Tropical Paradise' but on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The plants that survive best here, grow in well-drained pindan sand, and are found from the Dampier Peninsular southward to where average rainfall is below 600mm. When we use rainforest species, detail is important when planting, water catchment, sunlight and understorey species are all considered. The use of recycled 'grey' water is an advantage here as well as treated waste-water, although many local species do not fare well with nutrients from this source. We use waterwise planting methods which include harvesting asmuch rainwater as possible, with swales designed to hold up to 200 litres, to help recharge the local groundwater aquifer. There has been a serious decline in this aquifer over the last few years. With the fast expansion of the Broome peninsular, more and more land is being covered by concrete, iron and bitumen so that much less water is available to replenish the aquifer, allowing the salt content to become significantly higher. The small Broome Peninsular is on the south-western corner of the Dampier Peninsular (bound by Broome, Derby and Cape Leveque at the northern tip). Compaction by vehicles also inhibits water retention due to the content of our local pindan sand, hard as concrete in the dry, going to soft and sloppy mud after rain. None of us are botanists, inevitably we have got some names wrong, names changed, or have not gone to sub-species level. If you note a photo or description may be wrong, please e-mail to
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    2 Responses to fictional ‘climate science and sustainability’ …

    1. Hi Tom,
      First of all, I just want to say how much I enjoy your posts – particularly your spectacular photography! They are the highlight of my evening when they arrive in my Inbox. And if I ever win the lottery (hah!) Australia will be my first port of call (well, perhaps 2nd after my revisit to Israel)!

      But there was something in your post i.e. “”, that rang a bell. And sure enough, MAHB (The Millennium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere) is an org I had stumbled across in May, 2013. At that time, they got a big splash via Nature where they were “Getting the word out on the Biosphere Crisis”.

      And, of course, in “getting the word out”, MAHB’s movers and shakers used the oh-so-innovative approach of gathering names in order to percolate and circulate “endorsements”. But you’ll never guess whose names I found amongst the 500+ signatories: Mann, Gleick, Weaver, Hansen, Karoly, Ehrlich, and Suzuki. Quelle surprise, eh?!

      One name did surprise me, because he happens to be a very longtime and dear family friend. He’s definitely a distinguished scientist – albeit now retired – and a well-known expert in his field. My suspicion was that he had not actually read the material master-minded by MAHB. Some months later, he confirmed that my suspicion was correct:-) But I digress …

      This Ehrlichian et al effort was so good it was accorded a place of honour in (Canada’s) Financial Post’s 2013 “Junk Science Week” See:

      And for any who might be interested in my take – and all the gory details: please see:

      Crisis of the week: the biosphere … new “Statement” percolated, circulated and endorsed

      P.S. Happy New Year!

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