Professor James Lovelock, the scientist who developed Gaia theory, has said it is too late to try and save the planet. The man who achieved global fame for his theory that the whole earth is a single organism now believes that we can only hope that the earth will take care of itself in the face of completely unpredictable climate change.
What about our chances of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the various steps being proposed? Lovelock does not think we have much of a chance:
What is more, he predicts, the earth's climate will not conveniently comply with the models of modern climate scientists.
As the record winter cold testifies, he says, global temperatures move in "jerks and jumps", and we cannot confidently predict what the future holds.
At the age of 90, Prof Lovelock is resigned to his own fate and the fate of the planet. Whether the planet saves itself or not, he argues, all we can do is to "enjoy life while you can".
If the Gaia Guru is right, then as the earth warms up and starts destroying the life we know, we can turn inwards and start pointing fingers at those who are responsible.
For starters, we can blame Harper and his regressive party's non-policies of emissions reduction.
Then we can blame the Liberal Party, for its failure to come out with a clear, effective and timely environmental policy designed to reduce our country's emissions of greenhouse gases to a safe level.