An environmental documentary is under attack from a leading American environmentalist who was interviewed for the programme, as well as a coalition of anti- GM campaigners based in the developing world.
Adam Werbach, a sustainability consultant in California and former president of the Sierra Club conservation group, told Guardian that makers of What the Green Movement Got Wrong did not inform him about the programme’s polemical nature when they first approached him.
Channel 4, which aired the film, described it as one in which “life-long diehard greens advocate radical solutions to climate change, which include GM crops and nuclear energy”. But Werbach said the film misrepresents who is to blame for social and environmental problems. Blaming environmentalists for starvation and lack of energy (in developing nations) is like blaming weathermen for the weather. “Nuclear power and GM foods are portrayed as hallmark issues of New Environmentalists. But these have never been issues for me.”
Move from news to views and get in-depth reports on issues that matter to you, every fortnight.
Subscribe now »
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation.
This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.