The worst kind of ugly climate propaganda: David Suzuki targets kids at Christmas in the name of climate change

Here’s the popup message solicitation you get when you visit the website for the first time:

Climate change is melting the North Pole and it’s no longer safe for Santa and his Workshop. So our dear old friend is packing up the sleigh to find somewhere else to live.

You can help! Move your mouse over this website to find gifts you can buy Santa to help him set up a temporary Workshop and protect the North Pole for his return.

Of course, you’re savvy enough to know we won’t be sending actual gifts to Santa. You will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your purchase and proceeds will be used by the David Suzuki Foundation to support our critical work to protect nature and the environment from threats like climate change.

Buying these green gifts and personalized ecards on behalf of hard-to-buy-for friends or relatives on your holiday list is a great way to show you’re thinking of them — and the planet!

Act now to help Santa!

Sincere thanks,

The David Suzuki Foundation

This is nothing more than a thinly veiled revenue generator for the foundation.

No shame, no scruples, just send money. Is it any wonder informed people are doubting the climate change issue when presented with crap like this?

h/t to Mike Bromley in Canada who writes:

Canadian geneticist-turned-environmentalist David Suzuki targeted children in his latest outburst of emotionally-charged enviro-gab, this time scaring the fun out of Christmas by warning that Santa’s home was melting.  In a post-black-Friday period of climate-ethical circus generation, this takes the cake.  This is beyond reprehensible.

Here’s what the North Pole looks like today:

UPDATE: Here’s a clip from 1972 showing Suzuki comparing humans to maggots in his own words. Looks like that must have been his Che’ Guevara period. (h/t Daily Bayonet)

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Climate Chnage? Title Change lol 🙂

“No shame, no scruples, just send money.”
I’m not sure how that makes them special: Many religions beg for money.

David Ball

This will do them more harm than good. “None so blind”, etc……

David Suzuki is an evil evil man, people are a “cancer” in the eyes of this freak and the like of him, I think Santa will be bringing this scoundrel a bag of ashes this Christmas, a very fitting gift for this kind of misanthropist!!

Steve from Rockwood

I wonder if kids realize the North Pole is under water. I think Suzuki should take a group of environmental activists to the North Pole on Dec.25 th to show how warm it really is up there. And may he turn into the frozen shit that he is.

Getting Warm

Are you denying that the Arctic is experiencing melting that normally happens on geological timescales in just a few decades?
Are you denying that the Arctic is is experiencing some of the most extreme warming, as predicted by IPCC?
http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

Jason

What do you expect from a guy who cries himself to sleep over eco-doom everynight? David really does believe that Santa’s house is melting.

TinyCO2

Please Mummy can Santa bring us another piece of coal for the fire?
No, I keep telling you, only naughty kids get coal. You’re on the nice list, which means we get to freeze this winter because Santa’s building another airport in the Maldives.

“It’s a travesty”.
No, really, it is.
But, seriously folks – what did Santa do all those other times in the past when the North Pole was ice free? Was his home ruined? Or, has he been clever enough to have a house boat? I mean, c’mon man – this is simple something he’s delt with many times in the past, why would he be soliciting for help now? Oh, wait – the money goes to Suziki.
Shame. Perhaps some dirty coal in Suziki’s stocking would be in order.

PaulH

“Pay us or the Jolly Fat Man gets it!” Nice work, guys. >:-(

Robbie

Indoctrinate them while it still can! It’s the same with religion.
I agree with David Ball: “This will do them more harm than good.”

albertaclipper

>>Many OTHER religions beg for money
There. Fixed it.

Non regulating man made climate change is a real as Santa.

People like Suzuki seem to feel that their self-righteousness, their self-appointed roles as saviours, can justify such abuse of childhood and charm. ‘Shoddy Suzuki’ is the epithet that comes to my mind. As did the 10:10 movie in a more barbaric way, this advert reveals an alienation from ‘ordinary folk’ that is astonishing to see.

Scott Covert

At least he is dressed as a court Jester. Truth in advertizing.

Getting Warm says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am
Off-topic, GW. You’re trying to climb into the conversation, implicitly supporting Suzuki’s onerous pitch. You don’t understand the issue at hand, either.

Interstellar Bill

99 cents store is selling Coal Cookies for bad-kids’ stockings,
sugar-free and butter-free too.

Honest ABE

I guess this would be a good opportunity to tell kids that Santa doesn’t exist – and that adults lie to them all the time to get them to behave like they want.
Seems like a life lesson.

Neil Jones

Getting Warm says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am
Are you denying that the Arctic is experiencing melting that normally happens on geological timescales in just a few decades?
Are you denying that the Arctic is is experiencing some of the most extreme warming, as predicted by IPCC?

Quiet simply we don’t know, we only have just over 30 years of accurate records. That’s no time at all in climate science.

Rob Crawford

What about Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, huh? WHERE WILL THE MAN OF STEEL GO TO LISTEN TO THE TAPES OF HIS FATHER!!!

Curiousgeorge

Getting Warm says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am
Are you denying that the Arctic is experiencing melting that normally happens on geological timescales in just a few decades?
Are you denying that the Arctic is is experiencing some of the most extreme warming, as predicted by IPCC?
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Nope. I just don’t give a rats ass.

Beesaman

Looking damned snowy at the North Pole right now, maybe they are talking about a different one, I hear there are more than one, for the Warmists!

Unfortunately Santa can no longer afford to heat his home and his elves are freezing to death. Due to climate change “scientists” making up “the facts” as they go along, green taxes on energy bills are going to kill thousands of people this winter.
We would ask you to buy these worthless Carbon Credits to help Santa move to a warmer location, but even then he cannot afford the energy he needs to keep his workshops running as they also need machinery which cannot run on fairy dust. So his workshops will have to close down and all his elves and reindeer will be out of a job. Ever raising energy prices are pushing up the cost of goods ans services around the world at a time when people have less and less money to pay for items. This means providers of goods and services are faced with having to cut jobs and in some cases close down all together as it is no longer profitable to run some businesses whilst costs keep on spiralling up.

Jack

David Suzuki is one sick puppy, scaremongering children is as low as it gets, but he had a great tutor in Al parasite Gore.

Edward Bancroft

This reveals again the uncaring mentality that unfortunately pervades some of the CAGW supporters. This campaign is targeted at misleading children into giving money to Suzuki’s own foundation. Previously, we have had the unwholesome 10:10 campaign depicting abuse (explosions) towards dissenting children. Al Gore’s global change movie was propaganda aimed at children and which fortunately cannot be shown to schoolchildren in the UK without first listing all of the inaccuracies in the film.
We need an equivalent protection for websites like Suzuki’s or 10:10. They should be a recommended ‘parental guidance’ list for protection against abusive environmentalists.

klem

A few years ago Suzuki was concerend that his own children had been hearing so much end of the world propaganda they were getting badly depressed about their future, so he decided to take them to Europe to view the great things thay are doing over there to save the planet from anthropgenic doom.
Of course he later turned it into a tv show and then sold it.

Ever notice how when some weather event or another occurs, an alarmist will wet himself silly, wailing about our impending doom, but when climatic events change course, the ignore it years?
The arctic hasn’t had any significant ice loss for years now….. http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/icecover/icecover_current.png ….. and http://suyts.wordpress.com/2011/10/03/an-update-to-the-minimum-ice-extent/
Yeh, that’s quite a death spiral we got going on.

EternalOptimist

Maybe Anthony should have a popup, possiby by Josh.
‘Climate scientists: Send your money grants to Superman, he aso lives in the North pole. And he’s bl**dy freezing’
with a picture of Clark Kent warming his frozen hands on a lump of Travesty kryptonite

Mashiki

David Suzuki…
Back when I was in middle school, I remember the abject terror that the ‘science’ teachers would go on about when they read the information that was provided by him to various school boards. Back then? Yep scared the living hell out of me, until I grew up and looked into things on my own. If I feel hate towards anyone, it’s him and his ‘lets terrorize kids’ mentality.

Getting Warm

Neil Jones — A few decades of data? HaHa.
Arctic sea ice became a feature of the Arctic by 47 Mya, following a pronounced
decline in atmospheric pCO2 after the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Optimum, and consistently covered at least part of the Arctic Ocean for no less than the last 13–14 million years. Ice was apparently most widespread during the last 2–3 million years, in accordance with Earth’s overall cooler climate.
Try millions of years.
Last time the Arctic was ice free was maybe 125,000 years ago during a natural burst of CO2.
Which makes the fact that Santa’s home melting a very unique event.

DCA

I clicked on one of the gifts and it’s an “elf hockey stick”. Just as the cross is to Christians the hockey stick has become an iconic symbol for the faithful.

Organizations like the Suzuki Foundation, WWF and the other that have no shame. The other side of the coin has no shame either. We, the society or collective, have done this to ourselves and for a very, very long time to. We have allowed the special interests far to hijack the commons. Not something that is new, it has been happening since the beginning. Any quick scan of history that is >20 years illustrates that point and well as shows what this kind of thing leads to.

Getting Warm says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am
Are you denying that the Arctic is experiencing melting that normally happens on geological timescales in just a few decades?
Are you denying that the Arctic is is experiencing some of the most extreme warming, as predicted by IPCC?
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Well, I would be satisfied by only echoing Curiousgeorge, it is a meaningless talking point the alarmists have. But, I would point out, melt probably isn’t the proper term. You have no idea the normal ebb and flow of arctic ice volume, and neither does anyone else. And, if you click on the links and actually look at the numbers, the arctic hasn’t decrease in going on 5 years now.
Is it possible you guys find something else to wet yourself over? This one is getting a bit tedious. It turns out the poley bears don’t care about the ice extent…. but, given that they are genetically Grizzley bears, a child could have figured that one out. It also turns out the decrease in the arctic ice showed that the albedo effect to be completely overblown and likely to have been erroneous. So, please, find something else that we could marginally care about. It makes the discussion a bit more interesting.

Wil

David Suzuki lives in British Columbia – now get this. This is the same province that dumps 125 MILLION liters of RAW SEWAGE into the Pacific ocean a day from Victoria, BC. The same province with the most boil water advisories in North America. The same province that’s killing its KILLER WHALES with lumber and other chemical runoff from industry. The same province that destroyed its salmon population. The same province that damned its rivers thereby depriving its salmon of its spawning grounds. The same province that has CLEAR CUT 1/3 of its provincial timber in sensitive areas. And the same province that showed up at Ottawa’s door begging the Federal government to bail them out of their massive provincial financial debt.
You can’t make this stuff up!

Is David Suzuki even a Christian?

“find gifts you can buy Santa to help him set up a temporary Workshop and protect the North Pole for his return”
How does this NOT rise to the level of fraud?
The quid pro quo is there, the solicitation (“buy”) is there, and the recipient is clearly a fictional character.

Sean Peake

So, Suzuki believes in TWO imaginary things: Santa and global warming.
Next up, the Easter Bunny (hey kids, the bunny won’t be bringing chocolate in 4 to 10 years because the warming climate will make it too expensive) and Tooth Fairy (Sorry little ones, the warming climate will prevent your teeth from falling out—so ask Mum and Dad to have the capitalist Tooth Fairy send the money to me).

R. Shearer

Ha ha, joke’s on David; no presents for him. Belief in Santa is fantasy. So is CAGW.

mat

This is one of the most but not by all means the saddest attempt the polar bear suited moron in the sea is pretty high up oh and the [soon to be on fire and drowning ] Maldives farce !
But by the by I’m sorry but what has Santa ever done for me, now the Romans I can see what they did but all this guy does is sit around all year and take the credit for all the bloody expensive present I have to buy !
sod him !

R. de Haan

Just let the kids watch this:
Frozen Planet trailer

Since we all know that Santa does in fact exist and does in fact live in the North Pole and since global warming does in fact happen and since it does in fact happen because of humans – well, it follows that one should make money out of these facts.

Just after the first climategate release by the whistle-blower David Suzuki ranted epic soothsaying the impending Co2 Climate Doomsday Rapture and that if we don’t do anything it’s the, well, end of the world as we know it.
It’s well worth a watch just to see how fervent the opposition to hard evidence based science really is.
Growing up in Canada I admired Suzuki for his Nature of Things show. Now as a scientist all I can do is shake my head and lament the loss of an otherwise brilliant mind to the pernicious mental virus of Co2 Climate Doomsday Rapture gospel.
Sigh. Santa’s home is melting. Considering that Santa is mythological it’s appropriate that the AGW mythology be mixed together to make a jolly ho ho ho.
http://pathstoknowledge.net/2009/12/17/david-suzuki-rants-epic-on-global-warming-and-copenhagen
ps. Santa’s postal code is H0H 0H0 aka H0 H0 H0. [;)]. So write Santa asking for no more carbon taxes in British Columbia, Canada. Please.

All you people saying that Santa does not exist – you’re obviously out of your minds or childless.

john

Earlier in another post I politely requested that foia release the password. Someone responded with this:
Abracadabradantesque
Now I cannot find the zip file to see if this works or if my chain was being pulled? If anyone could give it a shot and let me know I would appreciate it…..
REPLY: See the top post on WUWT, then click on the Continue reading line, link at the bottom. But that’s not the password. tried it. – Anthony

JJB MKI

@getting warm
What I would deny is that you have any remotely compelling evidence to support your assertions. Moreover, the uncovering of agricultural artefacts and organic material underneath seasonally retreating land-ice tells us something. Ten points if you can guess what that is. Pictures of wartime submarines surfacing at the North pole somewhat undermine your boilerplate claim as regards sea ice too. It cannot at this point be proven that there is anything remotely unprecendented or severe in the reduction of the summer sea ice minimum, even in recent history. Nor can the strangely geographically selective properties of CO2 as pushed by alarmists be explained, especially as regards the differences between the poles. Please don’t insult my intelligence by firing off more model-driven paleoclimate ‘studies’- they are not worth the straws they clutch (as amply demonstrated in the recently exposed internal conversations between climate diviners).

kim2ooo

Getting Warm says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am
Are you denying that the Arctic is experiencing melting that normally happens on geological timescales in just a few decades?
Are you denying that the Arctic is is experiencing some of the most extreme warming, as predicted by IPCC?
http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
C’mon ….you surly aren’t dumb enough to think David Suzuki Foundation – IPCC – or even Santa can change…………… climate?
You do believe there is a SANTA – don’t you?
Santa has hundreds of years of verifiable evidence –
David Suzuki Foundation ????-
IPCC ????

DirkH

Getting Warm says:
November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am
“Are you denying that the Arctic is experiencing melting that normally happens on geological timescales in just a few decades?”
Every melt season (that’s less than six months) the Arctic loses millions of square miles of extent; that is not a geological time scale; and regains it shortly thereafter. And the minimum extent also varie significantly from year to year; so the Arctic is exactly NOT stable on decadal timescales. Hint: the “geo” in “geology” is Greek for “earth”, not for ice.

Bloke down the pub

Well if the Old Pultney rowing crew can move the magnetic North pole, perhaps Suzuki just moved the geographical North pole to somewhere off Hawaii and that’s why he can’t see any ice.

Roger Knights

@ Getting Warmer:
Here’s a comment I wrote for a thread on Forbes about Arctic ice, but which didn’t get posted, probably due to having too many links or being too long. Its main point is that atmospheric temperature changes are unlikely to be the main drivers of the recent decline in ice extent. There are other likely drivers–and the warmist alarmist-propagandists know about them, but choose not to mention them.
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Regardless of the precise extent of ice-volume reduction, there are two reasons it doesn’t necessarily indicate an alarming degree of unnatural global warming—or even any at all. First, it may be the result of natural variations in the wind. Here’s a WUWT thread about that, followed by a WUWT comment that gives links supporting that interpretation:
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http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/21/peer-reviewed-paper-wind-contributes-to-arctic-sea-ice-decline/
justthefactswuwt says:
June 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm
“Much of the record breaking loss of ice in the Arctic ocean in recent years is down to the region’s swirling winds and is not a direct result of global warming, a new study reveals.” including in the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/22/wind-sea-ice-loss-arctic
this 2011 paper submitted to The Cryosphere by L. H. Smedsrud, et al.;
http://www.the-cryosphere-discuss.net/5/1311/2011/tcd-5-1311-2011-print.pdf
used “geostrophic winds derived from reanalysis data to calculate the Fram Strait ice area export back to 1957, finding that the sea ice area export recently is about 25% larger than during the 1960’s.”
Additionally this paper;
http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/1520-0442%282001%29014%3C3508%3AFSIFAA%3E2.0.CO%3B2
found that:
“Observations reveal a strong correlation between the ice fluxes through the Fram Strait and the cross-strait air pressure difference.”
“Although the 1950s and 1990s stand out as the two decades with maximum flux variability, significant variations seem more to be the rule than the exception over the whole period considered.”
“A noticeable fall in the winter air pressure of 7 hPa is observed in the Fram Strait and the Barents Sea during the last five decades.”
“The corresponding decadal maximum change in the Arctic Ocean ice thickness is of the order of 0.8 m. These temporal wind-induced variations may help explain observed changes in portions of the Arctic Ocean ice cover over the last decades. Due to an increasing rate in the ice drainage through the Fram Strait during the 1990s, this decade is characterized by a state of decreasing ice thickness in the Arctic Ocean.”
(End WUWT comment)

Second, the decrease may be due to natural variation in ocean currents, as this WUWT-comment contends:

Dave Wendt says:
August 5, 2010 at 2:36 am
1] Rigor and Wallace 2004 suggests that a prime influence in the decline in ice age and thickness in the Arctic was a paradigm shift in the state of the Beaufort Gyre and the TransPolar Drift that occurred at the end of the Eighties. This is the commentary they included for the sea ice animation they included with the paper:
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This animation of the age of sea ice shows:
1.) A large Beaufort Gyre which covers most of the Arctic Ocean during the 1980s, and a transpolar drift stream shifted towards the Eurasian Arctic. Older, thicker sea ice (white ice) covers about 80% of the Arctic Ocean up to 1988. The date is shown in the upper left corner.
2.) With the step to high-AO conditions in 1989, the Beaufort Gyre shrinks and is confined to the corner between Alaska and Canada. The Transpolar Drift Stream now sweeps across most of the Arctic Ocean, carrying most of the older, thicker sea ice out of the Arctic Ocean through Fram Strait (lower right). By 1990, only about 30% of the Arctic Ocean is covered by older thicker sea ice.
3.) During the high-AO years that follow (1991 and on), this younger thinner sea ice is shown to recirculated back to the Alaskan coast where extensive open water has been observed during summer.
The age of sea ice drifting towards the coast explains over 50% of the variance in summer sea ice extent (compared to less than 15% of the variance explained by the seasonal redistribution of sea ice, and advection of heat by summer winds).

This is an updated version of that animation created by Rigor:

R&W suggest that recirculation of older sea ice from along the Canadian Archipelago, where it now ends up at summer minimum, back toward the Alaskan coast is a strong determinant factor in the continuing decline of ice age and thickness.
If you watch the animation a few times, the drift pattern of the buoys illustrates how the smaller radius BG circulates the ice from along the coast and delivers it almost tangential to the TPD which is running in close alignment to the Prime Meridian. Once in the TPD the ice is expedited out through the Fram.
Based on this information I would suggest that there will not be strong rebound in the summer minimum until the BG returns to a pattern close to what prevailed in the Eighties.
From what I’ve seen the BG is not really well understood and there seem to be a number of factors suggested as influencing it with no clear winner, but most sharing the characteristic of not being controlled by or corollated with anthropogenic CO2.
(End WUWT comment)

There are additional comments and links arguing for other variations in current that could be responsible for the changes seen in the Arctic, but these two should be sufficient to discredit any implicit contention that the decrease in ice-volume speaks for itself and that anyone who refuses to see it is a denier.

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