To raise awareness of his "sensible" approach to environmental issues, Dr. Patrick Moore participates in various events—a few of which are described below.
To celebrate Earth Day 2004, Dr. Moore participated in festivities being held in New York's Central Park-where he emphasized the achievements that have been made in North America since the first Earth Day was held more than 30 years ago.
Although there are still many environmental issues to address, Dr. Moore believes that it's important to recognize how far we've come as a society. As he said at the time, "North Americans have cleaner air and water, more abundant forests, and longer life expectancies. There's a lot of work yet to be done, but that shouldn't stop us from celebrating our accomplishments. They motivate and give us faith that we can do more."
On the flip side, Dr. Moore and writer Nick Schulz contributed an Earth Day op/ed to the San Francisco Chronicle pointing out that, while developed countries have enjoyed tremendous progress, this has not been the case in the developing world—a problem they blame, in part, on the "anti-development, anti-technology and, in the final analysis, anti-human" agenda of the current environmental movement.
Building on radio interviews conducted during the week prior to Earth Day, Dr. Moore kicked off the Central Park event with back-to-back satellite interviews with 18 national television networks and their affiliates.
At the height of last year's devastating forest fire season, Dr. Moore conducted a series of media interviews to warn people that action is needed to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Broadcasting via satellite from the site of an earlier fire that destroyed nearly 103,000 acres (41,200 hectares), he conducted 18 television interviews emphasizing the need to remove dead wood, thin undergrowth and otherwise manage our forests.
"Throughout history, fires have contributed to the health of forest ecosystems by burning underbrush and smaller trees and leaving the large ones mostly intact," he said. "Today, forests are surrounded by communities, so we suppress fire as much as we can. Unfortunately, this creates an unnatural build-up of what can best be described as fuel for fires that are much, much worse. By actively managing these forests we can reduce this threat."
Moore's television appearances were supported with radio interviews that aired on 128 stations—including three nationally syndicated networks.