Aussie Green plans to kayak to Paris, to ‘deliver a message’ – could it be “greens go by air”?

Kayak trip for climate action includes a few long haul flights

Josh_greens_go_by_airGuest essay by Eric Worrall

An Australian grandfather has announced plans to Kayak from Canberra, Australia’s landlocked capital city, to Paris, to deliver a message about climate change to the upcoming COP21 Paris climate conference.
According to the Canberra Times;

“He intends to drag and paddle his wheeled kayak halfway around the world to deliver a message on behalf of all Australians who want action on climate change. The message: we are in this fight against global warming.”

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/grandfather-to-take-on-alligators-and-bears-for-climate-change-20150115-12nt6d.html

Engineer, grandfather and ecowarrior Steve Posselt begins an 8000-kilometre kayak journey from Canberra to Paris on Thursday.

Engineer, grandfather and ecowarrior Steve Posselt begins an 8000-kilometre kayak journey from Canberra to Paris on Thursday.

Naturally, in the time honoured tradition of climate activism, activist Steve Posselt plans to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by our modern fossil fuel powered economy to achieve his goal. Not only does his kayak appear to be a modern plastic construction, lightweight and safe, rather than the kind of fire burned dugout effort you would expect from a truly committed eco-warrior, but Steve’s route to Paris includes a couple of long haul airline flights.

“From Canberra he drags his kayak to Port Kembla and then paddles up to Sydney. He will fly to the Gulf of Mexico, then paddle through North America to Canada. From there he will fly to Britain and will paddle through England and across the English Channel to Paris. There he will deliver his message at the United Nations Climate Summit in November 2015.”

Nevertheless, you have to admire Steve Posselt’s audacious hypocrisy, given that he is employing all this fossil fuel sourced goodness to achieve his goal;

“It is not a big deal to go to a zero carbon economy. It’s about political will.”

You first mate.

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190 thoughts on “Aussie Green plans to kayak to Paris, to ‘deliver a message’ – could it be “greens go by air”?

    • It sounds like he has found a way to have someone else fund a kayaking holiday through North America and the UK. Most retirees have to dip in to their savings for the big overseas trip. Clever bloke.

      • I note that he’s chosen the ‘scenic’ route rather than the much-more paddle-able one via SE Asia, around India, and past the Horn of Africa and Yemen. The one he’s chosen, through the Anglosphere, has hazards like bears, gators, and crocs, but is unlikely to result in his being murdered, held for ransom by pirates, or crucified for being a non-Muslim. I’d release some CO2 to avoid that, too, but in my case it wouldn’t be an utter hypocrite for doing so.

  1. Clearly he’s a sceptic, this stunt is pure sarcasm at the expense of the green blob.

    Flying a plastic kayak around the world – perfect.

  2. “… he will fly to Britain and will paddle through England and across the English Channel to Paris.”

    Hmm. Paddle across the English Channel, presumably some time in November or December. Good luck with the usual seasonal Atlantic gales we get about then, mate. Hope your support vessel (which you will be required to have in order to cross the busiest shipping lanes in the world) is “carbon neutral” as well.

  3. Yes we have true believers with rock hard minds and yes some of them vote and with our strange voting systems, they often over-rule the majority who at least take the time to look at the science, weigh up the arguments for and against and vote accordingly. Sorry, you will have to put up with their once a year look at me stunt, while we have to put up with them and their crazy beliefs year round.!

  4. I’ve long had an ambition to canoe around Europe. That’s the Europe as it was originally conceived by the Greeks which basically involves a trip from Greece, through the Mediterranean, past Spain, France, Germany, Denmark and then up one of the rivers of the Baltic, followed by a 10mile drag over land to reach a tributary of the Danube – thence down the Danube to the black sea, and back to Greece.

    Now all I need to find is a cause that vaguely matches this trip and some sponsors and off I’ll go.

    • YES! Exactly. Fund me and I’ll do it in the name of the shivvering shaorn sheep of Shropshire! Always loved kayaking.

      • Plenty of training possible in Shropshire. More rain and the Cluns breached its banks again. Wonder if he knows anything about the English Channel. Does he know wat sort of radar footprint he will be to a befemoth super tanker! Busiest shipping channel in the world.

    • Now that sounds like a fine trip. Take about two or three years and stop more often than you paddle and that can be the trip of a lifetime! Also could be a real pain in poor weather unless long stays in coastal inns or B&Bs are part of the plan.

      • He could do it in 90 days using a clipper ship and salt-soaked beef with water barrels and no heat and no diesel backup … That took 90 to 120 days (Australia – Britain), but he’ll have trouble going up the Mississippi. Even in the 1810’s the “real zero-carbon” Mississippi travelers going up river either walked or rode horses (the Natchez Trace) or poled up the Miss, the Ohio, and the Missouri. Lewis and Clark’s expeditions could paddle some sections of the Missouri, but they still needed 1 year to go St Louis – North Dakota (wintered over), 1 year North Dakota – Pacific Ocean (wintered over) and one year back to St Louis.

        But they were tougher then: He stayed a bit in St Louis, wrote his reports, then returned to Washington to report to Jefferson. Coast to coast (and back! ) in less than five years!

        But this guy claims the “impact” of carbon is so bad he is going to be able to do the entire earth in 90 days carbon-free?

  5. What a hoot. Posselt should be fronting the Trade Descriptions Act, not to mention the Gullible Old Fool Award of the Decade.

    And he’s paddling across the Channel. Wow. Would that be in a bathtub aboard the Chunnel train?

  6. Feels more like an advert for fossil fuels. My first quick look when i saw that yellow and red and I though it was Shell sponsoring him.

  7. Well I was fine with it until I read the ‘flying’ part. I was at least hoping that he’d gotten his will up-to-date, as actually attempting to paddle the whole way – which would have been more ecological – would likely get him Dead.

    Say btw, anyone heard anything more about that iceberg sitter?

      • Oh good… he actually recognizes the need for a rugged, buoyant pod.

        Though I had to laugh at the litany of supposed disasters that he’s expecting to face. Earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, hurricanes, and tornadoes while floating on an iceberg? Really, you twit?

        And why, exactly, are there nine seats in the thing? Does he expect to be hosting press events on a regular basis?

      • I looked at the link. What cost in energy and materials for the capsule? What cost likewise for website, back up team, etc. etc.? Why isn’t everyone just laughing?

        Bellini, Posselt, Turney….ye gods!

  8. On the Kentish coast, andf a foggy November day, he stands a fair chance of colliding with an idle windmill. Now that would be ironic, wouldn’t it?

  9. This is a great story.
    The Green Publicity Machine, which was once a deadly and efficient mechanism has been spluttering and farting for years, now it appears to have finally blasted out something more substantial!

  10. Is this the same Worral who kept native animals in captivity in order to amuse and make a profit from decidedly non-eco gawking tourists? What a w…er!

  11. I think we’ve got it all wrong.
    This “idiot” is about to embark on a fantastic vacation, undoubtedly funded by other acolytes and disciples.
    Probably one of the biggest treks of his life, and he’s figured out how to do it for free.
    He’ll be laughing the whole way…when he’s off camera.

  12. For now, the green have a lot of competition in the field of fear ,yes peoples are very concerned about terrorism , seeing the crowd in Paris and in all large city in France .
    We can have anxiety but also you have to worry about something sometime and not everything all the time.
    Unfortunately this terror is a competitor and a serious one for the green and their business since environment will come second or third or worse in the mind of political party.

  13. There is also a support vehicle following him on land for the entire journey with a crew of two.
    His itinerary that catalogues the distance covered shows a distance from Sydney to the Gulf of Mexico of just 235 km.

  14. If it comes out of Canberra , the site of Australia’s Federal Parliament;

    A / It will be totally impractical.

    B / It won’t work

    C / The amount of red tape required before he starts will likely sink the whole shebang.

    D / It will be a fine example of the usual gross green hypocrisy.

    E / The kayak is made from barb wire as in “he will be a s**ts creek in a barb wire canoe” if he tries the stunt.
    Meaning he has Buckleys chance to none of doing what he says he is going to do

    F / Its going to cost [ and probably already has ] somebody somewhere one hell of a lot of hard earned to rescue / fix / hide / get rid of / blame somebody, anybody else, preferably the Opposition for the inevitable and widely publicized Grand FU when he comes unstuck, as in sunk, somewhere off Sydney.

    G / Some mothers do have them!

    H / If he’s a public servant or was at any time in his career increase all of the above by a factor of 10.

    I / This is Australia where weird, wonderful and usually highly embarrassing examples of the H.sapiens species of very doubtful and dubious provenance regularly make an appearance.

    Meanwhile the rest of us will hope that his damn kayak runs over him sometime before he manages to leave the Capital Territory and bring an end to this fine example of the usual green blob stupidity and hypocrisy.

  15. Correction for the Australian country colloquialism

    E / The kayak is made from barb wire as in “he will be up s**ts creek in a barb wire canoe” if he tries the stunt.

  16. Hooray, just noticed the Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly in Niño 3.4 Region – 1999 to Present at WUWT show a fall below the 0.5 degrees anomaly.
    This means no El Nino officially for 2014 and probably none for 2015.
    El Nino being defined as 3 months of consecutive 3 monthly periods above 0.5 in Nino 3/4 region.
    No comment yet from media or Bob Tisdale?
    Still caused a very warm year but should be a lot cooler from here in.

  17. What were the names of the two idiots that froze to death a few years ago in the Antarctica delivering an Man-Made Global Warming Message only to become part of the Carbon-Nitrate Cycles.

    I love Being Green, but Heaven can wait.

    Paul

  18. So he plans to create a personal carbon footprint much bigger than most people will in that period to call for a ‘carbon zero world ‘
    Still if it all goes wrong he can always see if he can get a lift on St Gores and his fellow travellers privates jets which they tend to use to attend such conferences .

  19. Gotta love them… I walked to Glasgow, Scotland from New York City, NY.
    Only had one “long haul” between JFK and GLA.

    • I tend to walk everywhere. Yesterday I walked about 260km*, including a leg to my garage, then from the parking lot at the destination. *Brief car journey included.

    • I am looking at that plane wheel on the front of his Kayak, maybe he has something up his sleeve, solar powered engines will unfurl . I’m thinking chitty chitty bang bang.

    • He’ll probably paddle to the North Pole on his way back, we haven’t had any idiots do that for a while!

  20. Poor timing. The DW is in April not October and doesn’t take eight days, even allowing for the extra leg from Bath and Caen Flight. Sounds more like a Kennet and Avon pub crawl in green wellies. Will Nick Stokes be providing the sandwiches?

  21. Just for the record, the guy may be otherwise a dufus, but wanting to kayak across a “busy shipping channel” doesn’t make him one. I’ve paddled in and around the NYC waterways for eight years, including multiple crossings of two major shipping channels (Ambrose Channel and the Kill Van Kull). If you know what you’re doing, have the right equipment (maritime radio, lights, etc), and are familiar with the rules of the sea in your area, there’s no problem.

    The pilots don’t *like* it (they call us idiots and worse on the bridge-to-bridge channel when they think we’re not listening) but there’s no major issue if you give them the right of way, communicate your intentions, and know how to paddle. Kayaks are small and agile, if not fast, and can almost always stay out of trouble.

    Also, a support vessel (as someone above suggested) would be worse than useless in such a scenario. I’ve paddled with a support boat (not for me, for a long-distance swimmer we’re both supporting) and it’s really difficult to coordinate moves–such as staying out of the way of an oncoming cargo vessel–with a speedboat tailing you.

    Your best friends are your tools and knowledge of the region.

    Also, England may be more bureacracy-laden than the US, but here at least (NYC) there are no regulations that preclude you from paddling in a shipping region. I’m sure they’d love to pass some, but fortunately for us, there are several groups of “they” (Coast Guard, NYC police, Harbor patrol, etc) and nobody can agree on who would be in charge of such a thing. :-).

    • NYC shipping channels – compared to the English Channel?

      Ahh, no comparison:
      How far off of the NYC coast did you travel?
      — Five miles (8 km)?
      — Ten miles (16 km)?
      How about twenty miles (33 km) which is the shortest distance straight across the channel at Dover.

      What kind of bow waves have you crested? Tankers and large freighters moving at speed through heavy seas and currents throw up some impressive bow waves.

      I doubt whether the pilots and ship captains care whether or not you’re listening to radio traffic and communications. They’d likely be more abrupt and direct if they talked to you specifically. Those guys would have to do a bunch of paperwork if your craft was accidentally keelhauled followed by getting chopped by the propeller.
      Instead they’ll somehow never see you and if you get keelhauled accidentally, they’d never notice and the paperwork would wait till next they came to port.

      Wasn’t it in the NYC shipping channel where a flounder fisherman’s skiff got caught on the front of a freighter? It took quite some doing to get the ship’s attention and get them to stop so the reshaped skiff could be pulled off the front. As I remember the story, the fisherman survived with a few injuries; and likely never fished in the NYC shipping channels again.

      Perhaps the French will prosecute the bozo when/if he lands in France as France outlaws many of these type of crossings.

      The basic truth is likely quite elusive to us at this point in time. It is far more likely that when faced with anything greater than force 2 winds , this eco-nut will again fly directly to Paris. At force 3 and greater the waves would break over the kayak; twenty miles of rough seas are not a treat in small boats.

      I wonder if he’s spent a lot of time in ocean swells before? Could be rough if he gets seasick on endless oceanic up tilt down tilt movement. heh!

    • It is a gigantic tax sucking hole.

      A few recent examples of Canberra hilarity:
      -A female public servant demanded workers compensation after she was injured having sex whilst on a business trip
      -Another female public service employee demanded longer coffee breaks so she could walk to a cafe five minutes further away to buy soy lattes, rather than regular milk
      -A male public sector employee took a voluntary redundancy after someone gave him a plastic reindeer which did little plastic poohs for a Secret Santa gift. Apparently there was a message on one of the poohs about the quality of his economic modelling work.
      -The local government spent $300,000 commissioning a hot air balloon called the “sky whale”, which looked like a dozen suspended tits joined together.

  22. I guess Posselt is desperate for something to do. Maybe he can hold his breath to compensate for the carbon footprint of carting his plastic Kayak all over the world.

    The article brings up the often missed point of fossil fuels; it produces the by-product plastic, the raw material which has had an immense impact to our modern way of life.

    For Posselt and others, ignorance is bliss. Happy paddling, but sorry no free air miles for kayaking.

  23. Why doesn’t he paddle down the Molongolo river to the Murrumbidgee, follow that to the sea, paddle clockwise around Australia, up through Indonesia, along the Asian coast to the Bering Strait, across the ice free Arctic and down to Britain. Save all that kerosene used by those nasty airliners.

    • I suggest he turns to the left in Indonesia instead, and follows the Asian coast into the Red Sea and through the Suez canal and the Mediterranean. A shorter route with much nicer weather, though perhaps with rather more pirates.

      • No, he really should make use of the Northern Passage to prove his point. After all, all the ice is melted by now, isn’t it?

  24. How many more inconvenient facts will be brought to the attention of alarmists by this coming November? The climate alarm crowd requires ever more funds to maintain their constituency each year.

  25. I think the most telling statement from his video was him referring to Climate Change as “the industry”.

  26. Nothing to stop him doing it at all, speedboats, yachts even windsurfers make the crossing regularly all summer long. Its a case of knowing the rules, knowing where you are and having some concern for your own and other peoples safety. To that end informing the coastguard of what you are doing is sensible but not mandatory. Playing ‘chicken’ with large fast vessels constrained by their weight and draught in a relatively narrow, busy shipping channel is stupid in the extreme.

    If he knows the rules
    if he knows the route,
    if the conditions are calm with good vis
    If he knows which channel he is in precisely and understands the buoyage
    If he knows that most vessels wont see him or be able to avoid him
    If he is very fit and healthy with good vision
    if his equipment is all in good order

    Then I cannot see that he will have any problems!! Good luck to him. If however any ship has to alter course or slow down because of him – up will go his carbon footprint again. Daft. Whats he saying – ‘dont take the train to |Paris, take a Kayak and save the planet’ – barmy.

    Why not Kayak up the west side of the Pacific – probably wouldnt ever have to be out of sight of land. Kayak through the Beaufort in Late July August (with a wheeled Kayak should make the NW passage one way or the other). Kayak down the West coast of Greenland in September. then take a boat to Scotland /Ireland (preferably sailing) and make his way to Paris from there. Now that would be impressive. Any long haul flights involved makes a mockery of the statement he is making. Is he making any sort of statement at all – is he even getting far enough to pose for the cameras on the Barrier Reef!! Kayaking through the US to Canada – whats that all about. As for here in England what does kayaking down a load of canals and crossing one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world have to do with the Green movement – ships are the most efficient mode of cargo transport. Definitely a personal trip – far too self indulgent to have any ‘green’ credentials at all

  27. This must be the second most stupid stunt I have heard with regard to publicising AGW (the ship of fools was the first). I would not go in our seas in a 30 foot yacht at this time of the year let alone a kayak, doesn’t he realise he is too old for a Darwin Award?
    He’s probably booked his kayak on his flights as hand-luggage!!

    • Wait … weren’t the ‘ship of fools’ out of Australia about this time of year last year? IT IS AGW ! (Australia Goofy Wonkers) Sorry, couldn’t help it … Must be overheated Aussies escaping backwards swirling toilets.

  28. So, not only does he get to have a nice holiday, he’ll get his big ego stroked at every opportunity by the swivel-eyed greens. Hypocrite extraordinaire.

  29. You have to remember the restrictions he is working under. All countries he will pass must be:

    A. Safe, with good search-and-rescue and hospital facilities
    B. Have an adequate supply of greenie journalists
    C. Be stupid enough to permit this sort of idiocy

    That essentially limits him to Australia, USA, The EU and (perhaps) Canada. Which is exactly the countries he will be going through.

    • If he gets into trouble while in the Canadian Arctic it might cost a bit to get him out. The govt doesn’t like having to rescue idiots and will send you a bill for the rescue cost. Typically they insist you have insurance to cover such an eventuality. Of course while he’s waiting for rescue he could get eaten by a polar bear….that would be a great way for a greenie to go, saving a member of a species endangered by climate change (the very thing he’s protesting).

  30. I’m going to do something interesting and challenging I’ve always wanted to do (that many people lack realistic time and financial security to do) and get it publicised by attaching it to a popular political issue.

    • Ya, the arrogance of those scientists….we aren’t wrong we are just stuck in our own experiment. wow, they really said that

    • Aye, though speaking of that…What ever happened to the guy who was going to live on an iceberg for a year?

      • you know I had forgotten about that, I wonder also.
        I am too lazy to look into it though and a sense of wonderment does make the day more enjoyable :)

  31. Just read his diary for Day Two. Only the second day into his trip and he seems knackered-out. I don’t think he’ll get to Paris, even with the planes to help him. Idiot:
    “last night I was trying to get the spasms out of my back but my heels hurt. It’s difficult sleeping on your back with heels off the ground! Woke up a lot better and was away at 7.00am.

    Not sure of elevations but seemed to keep climbing which put a lot of stress on the top of my leg. It sorted itself out at Lake George on the flat though. Blisters are getting worse, especially where the shoe fell to bits yesterday, pain is getting worse. I forgot how much this stuff hurt! The big disappointment is that I am falling to bits and have only covered 50k, less than a quarter of the distance to the coast.”

    • From his “pre-trip jitters” post on the 7th:

      “I feel sick, anxious, apprehensive and at the same time confident and keen to just get going. There have been some set-backs with extra work required and training is almost non-existent with just six walks up the Lismore hill so far. This has shown some bugs in the old kayak wheel setup but hey, a good engineer should be able to sort that out. This time I will try not to go like a bull at a gate from the start so I’m hoping the extra maturity will compensate for lack of fitness.

      and on the 14th, the day before he set out:

      “On the way back from the Nannas I went to Lismore Square to get some frozen chips to go with the fresh Ballina snapper but forgot that the kayak was on the roof. Damage to the front was significant, but we bought a heat gun at Tuggerah and with the expertise of two absolutely superb engineers (that’s Warren and me in case you missed it) plus Klaas, it is now back into shape – well sort of. It will do the job anyway and it is hardly noticeable from the back.”

      He destroyed his shoe on the first day by carting a heavy load in the heat with runners instead of wearing something more load-bearing. So he’s basically allowed himself no real physical conditioning, and he’s not properly field tested his equipment to make sure it’ll withstand the trip.

      “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin.
      “Adventure is just bad planning” — Roald Amundsen, polar explorer.

  32. What else can you expect…. He is after all an an Aoorstran known around the world for there bureaucratic stupidity ( if you can read, you are not employable as a bureaucrat ! )

  33. I will have to assume in the NA part he will paddle up the Mississippi. Hopefully he will notice all the barges and ships carrying the grain that basically feeds the rest of the world. Produced and transported of course with his arch-nemesis fossil fuels.

    • Well he’ll certainly notice the 5Kt downstream current in places. I foresee a lot of portaging. He’s gonna need better shoes!

  34. Did is strike anyone else that, in effect, this guy is just shipping a kayak around the world? He could do the main travel sections without carting along the stupid boat and rent/buy kayaks at each major paddle point. Not just a ridiculous stunt, but so inefficient it’s mindboggling.

  35. Eric, I owe you an apology.

    “It is not a big deal to go to a zero carbon economy. It’s about political will.”
    (and money…and a jet)
    Let’s face it, you’d have to be a major Maroon to say such a stupid thing, so I went to the linked story.

    Damn, he said it and Mark Sawa is promoting him with this phony story.

    Again, I apologize to you Eric for ever doubting the accuracy of this report.

  36. I have a better idea … Set off from Canberra then ‘get lost’ … next November get a plane direct from Sydney to Paris and turn up there and pretend you paddled the whole way, the greens of the world will believe you and you will still be a hero.

  37. The distances he want’s to fly are Sydney-Gulf of Mexico and Canada-London, which will cost more fuel than a trip trom Sydney to Paris via Singapore or Hong Kong.

    Let alone the extra mass for his kayak flying there and taking it back from Paris to Sydney. And how much fuel would it cost to send a ship or helicopter for rescue when he is somewhere in the North Atlantic and wishes Global Warming had made the icy water a little warmer? His trip will be even north of Titanic’s route and they had to deal with icebergs.

    It is not a big deal to go wasting fuel. It’s about political will.

  38. ok, back in the days prior. A aborigine tribal leader (took the air route) rented a skiff and landed on the shores of the British Is.,planted his clans flag on the beach and claimed the island in the name of his clan.

    This guy can do the same, worked for Columbus….

    Sort of a “Mutant Message From Down Under” c.

    • Good on him, he was making a fair point – why shouldnt he. Difference here is this is a vanity trip, exactly what is he proving and what point is he making, there is no personal sacrifice here this is personal enrichment – a trip of a lifetime financed by gullible idiots.

    • fobdangerclose
      January 16, 2015 at 7:23 am
      “ok, back in the days prior. A aborigine tribal leader (took the air route) rented a skiff and landed on the shores of the British Is.,planted his clans flag on the beach and claimed the island in the name of his clan.”

      Does that make him liable for the welfare payments?

  39. Interesting. He wants to paddle upstream, in the Mighty Mississippi, during spring flood season?

    The average river flow speed at NOLA is 5 km/hr. Average, not during spring run off. According to a kayak site, a kayaker with moderate strength and experience and no load, can go 5 km/hour.

    I will give long odds that he does not get to Missouri. Even money that he does get out of Louisianna. At least on the river.

    And lets not get into the nonsense of paddling to James Bay from Chicago.

    • The Mississippi flows at 6 to 9 miles/hour during spring flood. (10 to 15 km/hour).

      He may not get past New Orleans.

      • One of my first thoughts, too. Visited the Mud Island River Park in Memphis, TN, and saw tows with towboats working hard to make the curve by the park. Going downstream. Towboats pushing upstream were putting out a lot of that nasty CO2 with the engines revved up pretty high.

        (Steve: have you considered doing North America north to south?)

      • Well, it is easier if you travel close to the shore or in backwaters (read Mark Twain’s “Life on the Mississippi), However most of the Mississippi is now confined between artficial levees, so even that idea is out. Me, I would consider following the Intercostal Waterway instead

    • That’s ’cause his toilet spins ‘backwards’, so the Mississippi must flow from ocean to mountains …

  40. Look, just ’cause the ‘swirl’ in a toilet in Australia doesn’t mean our Aussie friends Can’t be as nuts as us Yanks. We’ve our own great examples; John Travolta flying to S. Africa Wold cut in a fuel efficient, obsolete Boeing 707; Leonardo DiCaprio and his 2 New Years Parties on 2 continents (Au. & N.A.); and, the master of them all, Al Gore and numerous private plane flights all while clipping coupons from the family coal holdings. What we need is a John Rockefeller, the savior of whales, all in the name of ‘profit’!

    • That “swirl-goes-the-other-way-in”
      Is a myth that I’m seeing again
      Sinks, commodes are too small
      To influence at all
      The myth is “political spin”

      ==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  41. Steve Posselt has nothing on me. You see, I intend on traveling to the COP21 climate conference in Paris while I’m in a state of being … dead. Yes, dead. Think about that, do you know anyone who could possibly show a greater commitment to reducing their carbon footprint than being … well, dead? Well, do you? Think about it: all these other Climate Cassandras, all these other Global Warming Warriors, slurping up copious quantities of jet fuel while they fly their hypocritical and sorry back ends (a polite way of saying something else) into Paris whereas my boney back end (again, a polite way of saying something else) will merely be floating in on the waves (assuming I can fend off those carrion eating fish). Now, I know it’s going to be quite a feat for me to crawl, slide, roll, or spasm all the way to Paris once my dead body washes up on shore. But, I’ll give it my best. And, once I get to gay Pari? – think of the impact when I give my speech. Ok, yeah I know I’m not going to have a lot to say. Yep, it’s gonna’ be a pretty quiet speech; eerily silent. But, at least I won’t be spewing any nonsense.

    And, in an off handed way, maybe not for our Warming Warriors (an endeavor disguising rent-seeking, fear, and privilege), but for the common people, the real message of what this vicious CAGW nonsense is all about, may actually be delivered. Wouldn’t it?

  42. There is no way to make this stunt “not stupid”, but as a kayaker myself I could make a number of suggestions “equipment wise” to make it slightly less stupid. But first, just buy an appropriate used kayak for your “day stunt” in England then you can just give it to some hapless Muslim in France after you finish making your statement and he can make his own statement by paddling his Jihadi loving butt back to the Middle East, Africa or wherever it belongs.

    If you won’t take that advice… a plastic kayak weigh over twice that of even the least expensive fiberglass or other composite kayak of the same size. Second, there are kayaks designed for people who want to take them with along on exotic vacations which include air travel… There are both folding varieties, and kayaks that are made in sections that you bolt together when you reach your destination. They cost more than a normal kayak, but pay for themselves in reduced transportation expenses. They are available in both tandem and expedition sizes. Third, make sure and use a “boot” to seal your cockpit and not just wear a raincoat like in your picture, when crossing the English channel.

    Lastly, since it looks like you will be taking a selfie video with what looks like camera rig on your bow… hire a scantily clad buxom female model to paddle across the channel for you. The YouTube video will be guaranteed to get thousands of times more views… Isn’t attention for your cause more important than attention for you?

  43. To ATheoK who writes: “How far off of the NYC coast did you travel?”

    My dear sir, I’ve paddled 300 miles from Tampa to Key Largo, much of it in open water.

    I’ve been 8 miles off the shore in totally open water in the North Atlantic. I’ve navigated by gps, and by starlight.

    I’ve been in Force 3 winds. I’ve put in 60-nautical-mile days. I know my way around ocean swells, and I’ve been as close as it’s safe to be to tankers and cargo ships–and no closer.

    Sorry for the braggadoccio, but you’re making it sound as if no kayaker ever could do such things. It’s not as big a deal as you seem to think. Have a look here if you don’t believe me: http://windagainstcurrent.com/2014/03/17/everglades-challenge-overview/

    Now, none of this goes to say that this guy is capable of it (and from the description, it sounds like he’s not).

    But it’s certainly possible, for a seasoned paddler who knows what he’s about.

  44. And sorry, guys, but I have to defend my paddling tribe here….

    Here’s a video of a very good paddler doing something stupid. His skills get him out of a potentially knotty situation.

    I wouldn’t recommend it, but it can clearly be done. (I have a similar boat, by the way–can’t tell if it’s the identical model or not): http://www.paddling.net/articles/feature.html?show=133&utm_source=FBfeed&utm_medium=socialfeeds

    Any insight as to the location?

    Okay, I’ll shut up now, promise.

    • Waterfall descent in a kayak — Palouse Falls, Washington. 186 ft, 56.7 meters.
      It is a nice place except for the rattlers.

    • Johna Till Johnson:
      Johna, I apologize.

      It isn’t your stones that I am questioning. I was questioning conflating the risks of English channel crossing in a tiny craft. I apologize for the less than clear wording that would cause you think I was impugning your manhood.
      Cripes man, you take kayaks into open water and travel a long distance; that’s plenty of stones for any person.

      The risks are not similar; even to your coastal trip. Though a sudden thunderstorm squall line could have you slapped silly just staying upright. An unsettled front, common in the East and Gulf, could have formed a continuous storm front that would keep you slapped silly all day.

      Add to that, the English Channel’s currents and tides are a different structure and the eco-mouse’s plan currently has him attempting the English Channel in November, not known for pleasant sailing in the Channel.

      Since you have East Coast experience think of the channel like fighting the tidal flow at Barnegat Bay inlet or Indian River inlet.

      From Kayarchy.co.uk:

      “…The English Channel is shaped like a long funnel, more than 100 miles (160 km) wide at the Atlantic end, but only 22 miles (35 km) wide at the eastern end which is known as the Dover straits.

      The sample page shows tidal flows four hours before the time of local high water in Dover. As the flood tide enters the wide end of the funnel it starts by creating quite a gentle current, seldom reaching 2 knots. As the funnel gets narrower, every major headland that sticks out into the current causes it to speed up locally even in deep water. Where the water is relatively shallow, the tidal stream speeds up beyond 3 knots and becomes turbulent. Hence the tide races at Lands End, Dodman Point near Falmouth, Start Point (photo on next page) and Portland Bill. There are fast currents off St Catherine’s Point on the Isle of Wight, but for really fast currents you have to cross the Channel.

      Fastest currents in English Channel This graphic shows some of the same information as a tidal stream atlas.

      The headlands that stick out furthest into the current are on the French side, and the most prominent is the Cap de la Hague on the end of the Cotentin peninsula. Just offshore, tidal streams flow at up to 12 knots in the Race of Alderney (Raz Blanchard). The Channel Islands are just to the south-west. A little further south and west are the two main headlands at the tip of Brittany, where strong tidal streams often create hazardous sea conditions in the Raz de Sein, which is between the Pointe du Raz and the Isle de Sein, and near the Ile d’Ouessant which was known to British sailors as Ushant. There is some very good kayaking in both places, but you need to get the tides right.

      We might expect tidal streams in the straits of Dover to be particularly fast because this is the narrow end of the funnel where the flood tide has to squeeze through a gap, and the vertical tidal range at Dover during spring tides can be 5 metres. The current does indeed often run at 2 or 3 knots, and kayaking against that is slow and difficult. When a moderate wind blows in the opposite direction to a strong current it creates steep, choppy waves…”

      Good luck in your travels Johna.

  45. Hmm is he really going to try paddling up the mississippi? then across Canada? Hmm We Yankees didn’t have much luck invading Canada nor was it easy for the Brits. Perhaps this can set the mood.


    Hope this works
    michael

  46. @Les Johnson, no of course not. On a sustained basis, I can counter about a 5-6 kt opposing current depending on the geometry of the shores (in salt water you often get a backeddy at the shoreline, and you pick your way slowly upstream taking advantage of it).

    Out of curiosity, where in his travels will he be opposing a 15-kt current?

    Even the Hell Gate currents in NYC rarely get up to more than about 8 kt–still enough to capsize the occasional commercial vessel. But it, too, can be traversed in a kayak if you’re smart about it–I’ve done it quite a few times.

    And if he is seriously planning to paddle UP the Mississippi, then please see my earlier comment about being a dufus. I’m not a river kayaker and I don’t play one on TV, but traveling up a river is a fool’s errand. You can traverse the Hudson in both directions, but that’s because it’s a tidal estuary for ~ 200 miles (current goes both ways).

    In short, I’m not defending the guy, I’m simply stating that crossing a busy shipping channel a) isn’t that big a deal if you know what you’re doing and b) isn’t helped by having a support boat (in fact the contrary).

    • Not 15 knot, 15 km/hr. That is the maximum high water speed of the Mississippi in the spring. It runs 10 to 15 km/hour March-May, which is when this guy wants to be in the system.

      I don’t think he will be able to get past New Orleans.

      But yeah, that’s what I used to do on the Niger River. Keep to the shore and hope for back eddys.

  47. “grandfather-to-take-on-alligators-and-bears-for-climate-change-20150115-12nt6d.html”

    Gators and planes and bears, oh my! :-)

  48. So how much CO2 will he exhale with all his physical exertions rowing a heavy boat with his luggage and supplies that far

    A jet engine is the most efficient use of the internal combustion engine

  49. @Les Johnson. Okay, if my conversion’s right, that’s 9 kt. Nope, not happening, not with all the backeddys in the world.

    And even considering it shows the guy’s a dufus.

    Niger River? Impressive! I’d find that daunting.

    By the way, whoever suggested the movie about the guy who swims rivers, thank you!! I think I’m going to rent/stream/Amazon/Netflix it this weekend. Sounds great!!

  50. It looks very much like the greens think that Paris is their last chance. They are throwing everything at the public. Gavin’s shit, Cameron’s BS, Hollandes religion etc. Oh and don’t forget the Pope, for christ’s sake don’t forget him.

  51. Johna Till Johnson, are you are familiar with the vicksburg campaign of the A.C.W? Steamboats had a problem going up river. Thats why U.S.Grant did his “Nature trick.”
    Now Johna add in that winter is starting early in the upper Mississippi basin, and the canadian river systems … this could be fun. Of course he can pull over and crash out at the nearest 5-star, hit the local restaurants. Not exactly Lewis&Clark let alone Benedict Arnold and his 1775 stroll to Quebec. Seems they were eating their shoe leather. Nice boating vacation. Ah north America in its natural state…

  52. He comes from Canberra. Land of the Government handout. Locked away from the real world as Canberra is a purpose-built city of public servants, politicians and a few businesses to support the population. Of course he doesn’t live in the real world and has unrealistic expectations of everything,

  53. He needs to paddle for 226 days, 8 hours a day, at 2.5 knots to make it. Here is the plan.

    He intends to go upstream on the Mississippi, the wrong way. I do not think it is possible in the timeframe assigned to it. New Orleans – St. Louis is 2270 km. In 54 days (2 March – 25 April) he has to make 42 km (26 miles) a day, at 2.8 knots, if he does not spend more than 8 hours daily on the river. And then, he also has to fight the current. I bet he can’t paddle that fast for an extended period.

    At least, in a specific sense, he has chosen his route wisely. He will not have to expend extra energy on trying to speak foreign languages, except in France.

  54. From that map It seems as if he plans to descend the Missinaibi to Moosonee on James (not Hudson’s) Bay. He’ll have to get over the height-of-land first and there aren’t too many good water routes from the Soo. Once on the Missinaibi (and I quote CanadaWilderness.com):

    “While the entire Missinaibi may be tackled by experienced canoeists, most approach it in two major sections. The upper Missinaibi River, from Missanabie village or Missinaibi Lake to Mattice is a 236 km route with 28 portages requiring 10–12 days. The longer Missinaibi, from Mattice to the Moose River rail crossing and on to Moosonee, is a 320 km route with 7–10 portages requiring 7–9 days.”

    Somehow I don’t think those wheels will help on the portages.

  55. Steve Posselt engineer, author, adventurer, ecowarrior and grandfather takes a 8,000 km Kayak trip to deliver message to Paris climate summit meeting.

    Quotes from this hypocritical ecowarrior –
    “The document prepared at Lima sets the target of becoming fossil fuel free by 2050.”
    “It’s time to wean ourselves off this climate changing energy source.”
    “It’s time to end fossil fuel extraction”
    “It is not a big deal to go to a zero carbon economy. It’s about political will.”

    Meanwhile ‘He uses’ fossil fuel for –

    Airline flights; Sydney – Dallas, 13,756 kM
    Canada – England, 4,784 kM
    & Paris – Sydney. 16,930 kM
    Total air flights = 35,470 kM

    Plus –
    A Gas Guzzling Truck, that will cover a min 8,000 kM, but probably double that –

    + Big motor bike & trailer – http://kayak4earth.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/P1000283.jpg
    Support crew
    Klaas Nierop “will drive the vehicle in each country”,
    Connor Benfield the team’s publicist

    AND fossil fuel to make his –
    Plastic Kayak,
    Carbon fiber Paddles,
    2 Aluminum wheel mechanisms,
    3 Synthetic Rubber Tyres,
    Polyester/ Nylon Clothing,
    Plastic/ Polyester/ Nylon Shoes, – http://kayak4earth.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/5.jpg
    Plastic Sunglasses,
    Spray Can of capsicum,
    Polyester/ Nylon Tent, – http://kayak4earth.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-11-05-11.21.26.jpg

    If he really wants to give a message to end fossil fuel extraction…… he could just send an e-mail.

    This is the hypocrite’s website – http://kayak4earth.com/

  56. Oh my god, I saw this bloke this morning on my way to Canberra, dragging his kayak along the Hume Highway breakdow-lane somewhere in the Southern Highlands. So he is not only using airlines, but also large-scale infrastructure built for fossil fuelled vehicles.

  57. On a prior Green Voyage plan
    I became “the tracking man
    My spreadsheet plays
    Received much praise
    Until I got … the ban

    For, elsewhere on my site
    They figured out I’m “right”
    Not on the lists
    Of catastrophists
    And thus, I was a blight

    So on MainstreamLastFirst
    I was abruptly cursed
    Gone were the ranks
    Of happy thanks
    Begone! Me and my works

    And yet some others there
    Could see beyond the scare
    The trip had failed
    But I was hailed
    As my approach was fair

    And so I’m gaining new friends
    As their rowboat saga ends
    They got just half ways
    In too many days
    While winter ice descends…

    ==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  58. I wonder if I could get sponsorship to haul my ukulele to various scenic cultural places in Oz to bring awareness expansion to that most natural of things, climate change. I will do so by singing the songs of my people, buskering my way about the land. If benefactors are interested in funding this I’d like to bring my wife along, too as it would help get the message out and she plays a mean kazoo. I anticipate no more than 4 weeks expenses paid should do it. Please help soon as it is very cold here in north central Washington state. I’ll need to retain any donation overages, proceeds from product placement, profits from my videos and iTunes sales, and donations to my traveling tip jar as compensation for my personal inconvenience, of course.

    /sarc

  59. If he’s going via Hudson’s Bay from New Orleans (against the current from there), he should have left some time ago.

    [No. The Gulf of Mexico current is clockwise, as is the Gulf Stream. Not claiming he is wise, but at least he is traveling clockwise. if he doesn’t end up off Norway.]

  60. If he’s traveling around Cape Horn, perhaps he should avoid Seal Island. His kayak probably has the outline of a seal, and he’ll face flying fish of a different kind–Carcharodon carcharias.

  61. Well he can haul his kayak through the Channel Tunnel, but I think he will die of carbon monoxide fumes. English channel ain’t a quiet place to paddle through, and is subject to great storms. Not a very good publicity stunt, as the majority of Australians don’t swallow the global warming scam anyway.

  62. You first mate.

    Checkmate, dude.

    This stuff is a prime example of what happens when business – here Mitsubishi – tries to get good publicity basing on CAGW scared people.

    I hope someone counts their CO2 footprint.

  63. Christ. It’s like Leo Wanker does environmentalism. Odds on, his kayek bursts into flames and he gets eaten by a shark.

    That’s ‘gonna confuse a lot of non-Aussies, and this is oddly coming from a Pom.

    • American Alligators can entertain him for a fair distance up the Mississippi River, but not that far north. Generally they shouldn’t give him a difficult time unless he likes to dangle his feet in the water; if he does then gators and snapping turtles will try feet, especially the turtles. Though snapping turtles do burrow deep into the mud for the winter. Poking either critters with paddles is a bad idea.

      Well, the Mississippi has bull sharks for much of it’s length; yes, it is one of the problem people tasting sharks. Large Bull sharks have been documented tasting several people in succession.

      Bull sharks along with pelagic sharks can keep him entertained crossing the channel and coasting south towards France.

      I would expect the salt water crocs to be the most dangerous critters along that loons trip. Australia’s snakes are not a joking matter nor to be taken lightly and vie for the most dangerous animals along the trip. A large saltwater crocodile may just view that kayak as a larch beach toy with lunch aboard.

      America’s water moccasins and other poisonous snakes are dangerous but definitely not of the danger class that taipans and tiger snakes are.

      Though the stories about snakes in Louisiana dropping from overhead branches is true; I once knew a guy who’d sunk his boat twice trying to shoot a snake that landed on his boat. Though he couldn’t tell snakes apart and quite possibly sunk his boats trying kill completely harmless snakes.

      Once following a circle of net drops collecting crawfish just north of New Orleans, I counted eleven snakes as we collected crawfish and re-baited the nets. The good news was that only one of them was a water moccasin. The bad news was the cottonmouth was the only snake that refused to scare out of where we were dropping the net. Every time we returned to that hole, we first had to find where the snake had moved to before we could safely collect the net.

      Louisiana’s waterways and adjoining swamps are rife with snakes. Fortunately most of the snakes are relatively harmless, i.e. they bite, but not poisonous. Other American poisonous snakes he will be transiting that are not uncommon are rattlesnakes and copperheads, less common are coral snakes. The coral snakes and water moccasins dwindle in number as one heads northward.

  64. I bet that if you put it to him he wouldn’t understand what you are talking about.

    I also doubt that he will be able to cross the Channel in October/November.

  65. Sorry Hans,
    Kennet and Avon canal water level is kept by fossil fueled ‘Electric pumps’.
    In 1981, British Waterways installed two 75-horsepower (56 kW) electric pumps at Claverton and presented the old diesel pump to the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust for preservation. Back pumps also installed at Bradford, Crofton, Semington and Seend

    “On the Kennet & Avon Canal near Bath, the Claverton pumps abstract up to 36 megalitres per day (36,000,000 litres or 8,000,000 gallons per day). A chain of backpumps recirculate lockage water, and transfer water from the River Avon up to the summit pound to meet canal demands.”
    https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/water/water-management-faqs

    The Crofton Steam Pump only works occasionally for tourists – http://www.croftonbeamengines.org/

    • Still relying on fossil fuel then, i was part of a “crafty craft” canal race team twice in 1993 and 1994 when i lived in newbury, the locks are a nightmare.

  66. More Blog Quotes from the hypocritical ecowarrior – Steve Posselt + my observasions.

    Day 3 – “What is Global Warming all about? It is about Strength of Character.” “The planet is warming, humans have caused it”

    “decided I was way too tired to continue. Hid the kayak on a farm road and started hitching.”
    (So he’s happy to ‘cause unnecessary damage to the earth’ when HIS ‘Strength of Character’ fails !! )

    “Might have to buy another heat gun” (Lets hope it’s not fossil fueled – try solar & a magnifying glass, oh remind me Steve, what do you make epoxy from??)

    Day 4 – “After a great drive listening to the mix from DJ Lea, I picked Klaas up at Sydney Airport” (approx 520km in a gas guzzler. What happened to “It is not a big deal to go to a zero carbon economy” Steve ??)

    78km in first 4 days: at that rate will take ≈ 410 days

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