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[Originally Published; 20th April 2008 ]
We at the Flat Earth Society have spent so many years out in the cold, shunned by Government, science and most of society.
But on Friday night a glimmer of hope appeared for us in the form of the climate sceptic group, the NZ Climate Science Coalition. They were hosting a talk by the Australian climate sceptic (and stratigraphist which is about rock layering) Bob Carter, at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron in Auckland.
We couldn't afford the dinner, so we got a little appeal letter together for the good chaps of the NZCSC.
We dressed in the outfits from our favourite time – the medieval warm period – and went off down to Westhaven.
Our appeal goes like this: The myth that the earth is round has been the result of a sustained conspiracy by both Governments and the likes of NASA for centuries. Flat Earthers like us have continued the battle, but we've been a lone voice.
We've noticed the same sort of line is coming from the climate skeptics. They, too, see the huge conspiracy by the IPCC and world governments who are trying to tell them that climate change is real and has already begun. So why not get the two organizations together? Why not join forces? This was the intention of our outing.
So how did we get on? The reaction was largely one of confusion, with a both hilarity and anger in equal doses.
People thought we were protestors - HELL, NO, we said – we seek solidarity, we said! We are reaching out in friendship! Some really didn't believe us. Terry Dunleavy (of the international climate science coalition fame] was, for some reason, apoplectic.
It was a real shame we didn't get to see Bob Carter – as an expert in stratigraphy, (rock layers), we thought he'd be quite au fait with a number of our arguments and could be very useful to our cause.
Don Brash was there - which wasn't very surprising. We had already noted how uncomfortable he was (along with a number of other members of the national party, including its leader) with the concept of global warming. It must be a relief that he no longer has to pretend to care.