For over two decades there has been a growing environmental movement, mostly used by leftist politicians to create and agenda of wealth redistribution. Today we have reached the point where 16 year olds and other juveniles have come to the United Nations to lecture us about the upcoming end of the world. How did we get to this point?
Believe it or not climate is in constant flux. However when the narrative changed to the abolition of carbon, some people saw an opportunity to make a change to the way the world operates. Politicians backed by certain scientists, who may or may not be experts in climatology, pushed the idea that the world would end if we do not curb carbon emissions. Canada, who in my view suffers from an inferiority complex, was very glad to support Dr. David Suzuki, because it placed one of its citizens on the world stage. In 1992, Pierre Trudeau and his friend Maurice Strong pushed the notion of ‘sustainable development’. Subsequently there were several conferences and agreements including the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, all these conferences produced very little in terms of real environmental results, and Governments saw an excuse to raise taxes on carbon products, mainly oil. However some opportunists, including Strong, Al Gore and others, made millions through the stupid ‘Cap and Trade’, a system which never reduced emissions but created wealth for the very few; the same people who travel by private jets and gas guzzling limousine, and may have the largest carbon footprint than the rest of us.
Every level of government has been involved in the creation of environmental policies. While there have been many advances in technology and cleaner emissions, politicians have seized on the public’s demand for cleaner air and pollution reduction to increase taxes and redistribute wealth as well as enriching their supporters. On the other side of the equation there has been the silence and acquiescence of industries, which paid lip service to NGOs such as Greenpeace because they were afraid of a backlash. The oil industry in Alberta is in a virtual standstill because the export of its main product has been blocked by regulations and law suits by environmental groups.
The most troubling result of all this focus on global warming and climate change has been the indoctrination of a whole generation, which has produced a movement made of kids who are traumatised by the constant bombardment of the existential threat of climate change. Many of these kids are now marching the streets and even suing governments for their inactions. We have reached a state of mass hysteria among an upcoming generation, because adults have failed to address the real environmental issues, since they placed so much faith in the reports produced by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) while ignoring the solutions created by new technology.
Enter the product of this world wide indoctrination of our youth: Greta Thunberg of Sweden, the latest environment activist. She is a sixteen year old who may be suffering from OCD and other mental afflictions. She is now travelling the industrialized world to lecture politicians. She is sometimes accompanied by a group of kids and adults, and her coach Luisa Neubauer of One.org which is funded by, Bill Gates, Bono, Soros, Opensociety among others. With a number of other kids Thunberg came to address the U.N’s Climate Action Summit where some of their statements and threats are downright scary, and smack of the type of language used by youths belonging to authoritarian cultures. For example: Kamal Karishma Kumar of Fiji said: “We will mobilize to get you out”, Greta Thunberg Of Sweden stated that the movement was unstoppable. Canadian Marina Melanidis added “Young people deserve to co-design their own futures – and honestly, you can’t do that without us.” What is disturbing is that these kids are not well informed, but are ready to recite the mantra of environmentalists and leftist politicians, as lectured to them by an increasingly activist education system.
It is very disturbing to see how these kids were received by leaders like Merkel and Macron who believe that it suits their agenda to support these kids. While some people were sounding the alarm on what happened at the U.N, by contrast I like activism even by young kids, because I once was like them. The difference is I was taught to see both sides of the issue, I may have been on the wrong side of the argument but I never threatened anybody. All of us should be very concerned about this new manifestation. In my opinion these kids are being used by adults to justify the agenda that they have been unable or unwilling to get implemented. It is not so easy to attack kids, who are doing the dirty work of adults. To me this is mental abuse of a whole generation. Increase in suicide and mental anguish among young people can be attributable in part to this mass hysteria of the world ending very soon, perhaps in 12 years, while politicians are making promises with policies to rectify the situation in 20 or 30 years. To show their support do not be surprised to see Thunberg being nominated for a Nobel Peace prize, just like the IPCC, after all the Nobel Peace Prize is now given to any leftist who has accomplished nothing.
There are solutions out there which are being ignored, and kids are being used to do the bidding of feckless politicians and we should be reminded of the words of George Orwell:” Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” and “A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses.”