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21 Nov 2007 08:49:00 GMT
Blogged by: Nina Brenjo
When you're faced with a disease like malaria, which still kills at least a million people a year, what do you prioritise - the environment or people's lives? It's the environment that gets put first, according Paul Driessen, author of "Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death".
"Misguided aid agencies, radical environmentalists and pseudo ethicists" are failing to save lives in Africa because "these activists in malaria-free countries dislike chemicals", he says in the online magazine spiked. The disease kills an African child every 30 seconds, and should top the list of global priorities when it comes to disease eradication, he says. Educational materials, insecticide-treated bed nets and anti-malarial drugs are all very well and may "garner plaudits from environmental activists", but they alone won't wipe out malaria.