“There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.”–Arthur Schopenhauer
Unfortunately, this statement by Arthur Schopenhauer (a German philosopher in the 1700–1800’s) has been proven true over and over again. The Nazis’ youth program was an extreme example, and George Orwell brought home the frightening specter of child indoctrination in the child spies represented in his book 1984. These are examples I’ve used previously, and yet I keep coming back to them because they are powerful conveyors of truth.
Today, I return to them because of a video a friend sent me. It shows a 14-year-old girl speaking to a Climate Change Awareness Panel in Des Moines, IA. She is speaking on behalf of iMatter, an organization “started” by a 13-year-old to give young people a voice in the climate debate.
The girl basically tells the audience that youth are not impressed with how the adults are handling the climate change issue. She consistently uses language pitting young people against adults, and tells the adults what a terrible job they have done, using humorous examples relating to procrastination and term papers. She then goes through a list asking how Des Moines does on a number of issues, and ends by saying she and other children in iMatter have a meeting with the City of Des Moines Sustainability Coordinator and will use the meeting to evaluate the city, after which they will issue an iMatter report card.
I am sure that this girl is sincere in her desire to do good. She thinks there is an environmental disaster coming, she has been scared by stories told in school and in the media (including entertainment media), but she is a child lacking both wisdom and knowledge on issues of science and policy far outside the educational understanding of a 14-year-old, and with consequences she cannot conceive.
She speaks of climate justice, but what about the justice of condemning people to cold and death due to fuel poverty? Many of these so called “sustainability” initiatives waste money either by funneling it to subsidize environmentalists’ favorite money pits (think Solyndra), or by raising the cost of energy — energy used to heat homes, to run hospitals, to provide transportation to jobs, or to transport goods like food, medicine, and clothing. These are all necessities for life, and yet many environmentalists would support policies that would raise the cost of these things and put immense burdens on those already in poverty.
Where is the justice in that?
Some policies supported by environmentalists would deny life-giving electricity to those in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and other places where death and disease are rampant due to poverty. How would they do this? By denying loans to build power plants that use clean coal, natural gas, or nuclear power. Hydro-power, though a viable option, can only be used in areas with very specific water resources, which many places do not have.
Where is the justice in that?
The truth is, there has been no global warming in almost 19 years. The global environment is becoming cleaner and cleaner as economies become wealthier and can afford to protect their local environments. The polar bears are reproducing and populations have been on the rise. The ice is not melting catastrophically. The oceans are not turning to acid.
Next time the fear-mongers start in, respond with these facts, and see what they have to say — I suspect they won’t have an answer.
Protect your kids. Talk to them about these issues; teach them the truth; don’t let them become one more weapon in the arsenal of one of these Big Green groups. And, tell them the real justice issue is the lack of concern for those around the world dying every day from preventable fuel poverty — I’m sure that’s something they will never hear in school or in the media.