talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has called climate change activists members of a “doomsday cult” in a fiery debate with Green Party peer Baroness Jenny Jones.
She said she cannot imagine what it is like to “go through life basically as part of a doomsday cult thinking the world is in such a terrible position”.
They clashed over a pledge from Prince Harry to have no more than two children for the sake of the planet.
Baroness Jones said parents must consider cutting down on the number of children they have.
“The very fact we are living longer means that we consume for longer and therefore we deplete more and more resources,” she said.
“I do not believe for a moment that we should try the Chinese policy of one child but the fact is we are consuming too fast and every single birth actually does that make that worse and every single person who lives to 100 makes that worse.”
In response Ms Hartley-Brewer said Baroness Jones has such a “depressing view” on the fate of the world.
“Understandably be concerned about renewable energy and replacing fossil fuels and cleaner air and polluting the seas. That all makes sense to me but I find this view that human beings are effectively parasites on the planet, I think it’s such a depressing view,” she said.
She said improvements in technology mean fewer people are starving despite the rise in population.
However Baroness Jones said the planet can survive such rapid consumption but humans cannot.
“It’s going to be quite difficult for technology to keep up with what’s happening to the planet,” she said.