I read Dale Vince’s autobiography Manifesto with great interest. He comes across as a single-minded and humane individual, determined to leave this world a better place than he found it. Its most important section is Chapter 13, where in only twenty-four pages he addresses the three principal drivers of global warming, how we power ourselves, how we travel and what we eat.
I am no scientist, nor a captain of industry, any more than is our MP, so I am not qualified to assess how many of the solutions to global warming that Dale Vince proposes are realistic. However, two Cabinet Ministers, George Eustice, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, have entire departments dedicated to these issues.
Dale Vince’s political views are well known, but it would be absurd for a government to discount ideas because of their source. You only need google the tragic life-story of Dr Semmelweis, the father of infection control, to understand the catastrophic consequences of turning a deaf ear to so-called maverick views.
I humbly suggest that Siobhan Baillie acquires two copies of Manifesto – I’ll buy them for her myself if she’s low on funds – and personally hand them over to these two Cabinet Ministers with a request that they read Chapter 13. It’s not much to ask considering the dividends, in terms of the world’s health, might be so enormous.