Green Journalist: People prefer Playing Pokemon to Worrying About Climate Issues

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A green journalist is in despair that most people prefer playing trendy computer games, rather than listening to his urgent warnings about the imminent green apocalypse.

What will it take for us to pay attention to climate change?

Australia’s coastline has seen massive changes in the past six months, 2015 was recorded as the hottest year on record, and 2016 is shaping up to be even hotter. Former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Bob Beale laments that nobody seems to be taking any notice.

My Facebook page prompts me to say what is on my mind. Actually I’m feeling quite wretched. I have a very bad dose of solastalgia, a term coined by my friend Glenn Albrecht, an environmental philosopher.

Solastalgia is feeling homesick while you are still at home, a melancholy brought on by the loss or degradation of a treasured environment. My solastalgia is for my country, indeed for my whole planet. I’m asking myself, what exactly does Earth need to do to get our attention?

To be bluntly colloquial, it’s very bloody real, it’s right bloody here, right bloody now. It’s about as serious a challenge as we can face. We really urgently need to be all on the same page about this.

No, really, what the heckedy-heck does it take to make us truly sit up and notice the massive changes going on in the natural world around us? It’s a travesty that so many people are fixated by staring at their so-called smart phones in a search for imaginary Pokémon creatures, while the real plants and animals of the world are turning up their toes in their billions.

Our civic leaders, our intellectuals, our politicians, and our mass media are playing Pokémon Go with us. When we try to reflect on, to consider and absorb the significance and meaning of these disasters, they blur our field of view by invoking phantoms to distract us. Indeed, they are worse than negligent, they are complicit. They know what needs to be done, but it’s so much easier to deflect, distract, deny and delay.

Here’s a word I just made up to describe our politicians in action on climate change—stagnertia.

A pox on all of them. A pox on them for leaving unattended and untreated the raging fever afflicting our planet.

One more time I ask, what will it take?

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/what-will-it-take-for-us-to-pay-attention-to-climate-change/7749086

Perhaps if “massive changes” were actually happening, people would listen. Fantasising that the climate apocalypse is already upon us, when it is completely obvious to normal people that nothing bad is happening, simply undermines the already tattered credibility of climate advocates, and opens a widening gulf between deep greens and the people they hope to influence.

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127 thoughts on “Green Journalist: People prefer Playing Pokemon to Worrying About Climate Issues

    • Dunno about Pokemon, but let’s just say I don’t give a rat’s kiester about the non-existent “climate catastrophe” that will never be caused by CO2 levels, much less the minuscule human contribution thereto.

    • One more time I ask, what will it take?
      Let’s try INTEGRITY.
      When I see integrity in climate science I may start believing the results and some of the claims, When I see integrity in climate journalists ( like reporting increase in Arctic sea ice just a loudly as they report an annual low, not calling 0.7 deg C a “raging fever”, not falsely attributing everything that moves as a consequence of atmospheric CO2 …. ) then I may start taking some notice.
      So if you want to know what will take, there’s my simple answer. INTEGRITY.
      Your move.

      • Does he have any Before/After images of these “Massive Changes” that he is alluding to?
        Though I do like his “Stagnertia” as it also applies to the state of warming increase that has occurred since 1997

  1. Maybe if Bob Beale just wrung his hands in anguish 2-3 times per day he’d feel a lot better. Works for me and I don’t have to play Pokemon!

  2. Manbearpig is totally REEEE-UUUHHHL!!! Oh, why won’t anybody listen to meee–heee–heee — heeee– heeeeeee! Steven M0sher, er I mean Al Gore.
    “I am super cereal” — South Park

    (youtube)
    “NOBODY WILL TAKE ME CEREAL!!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!”

      • lol — shudder …. that SOUND….. I think God designed a baby’s cry of frustration (there are other cries that tear at your heartstrings, like the “hurting cry” or the “tired and weary cry”) to get an adult to PAY ATTENTION TO ME (likely needs a change…. like someone else we might mention…. ).
        **************************
        I hope you won’t mind, Dr. Bob, my adding on this serious note to your fun humor, but, for anyone needing to realize what the message of the movie “The Kid” was (it might help someone, here!): it was about not stuffing your sadness down inside and putting on a hard, protective shell. Crying when you are sad or in pain is good. There are many people (esp. men, I think) who as kids were bullied and emotionally damaged by someone important in their life. It made them cry. Then, a day came when, after that person made fun of their tears, they just sort of hardened up inside and never cried (for themselves) again. But, the tears are there, in a deep well in their heart. Love that little child inside. Be his (or her) best friend. He (or she) needs you!
        Okay, too wierd, huh? lol — just watch “The Kid” and it will make sense (I hope!).
        It has a great ending 🙂

    • Janice scores again!
      This guy does not seem to know how to get the attention he feels his cause deserves. So sad.
      Here is another guy named Beale who actually has the answer.

      • Thanks for the very generous “thumbs up,” TonyL. Your clip of Mr. Beale (“another”?? …. sounds very like, to me….. 🙂 ) made a good point, but, (ugh) hard to watch. Such disturbed people are really out there acting like that. And they are ruthlessly used by the enviroprofiteers to further their greedy wind, solar, and temperature “data” product sc@ms.

  3. He is a donkey braying — Hee Haw! Hee Haw! Hee Haw!
    Humor to start the day. Perfect!
    Eugene WR Gallun

  4. I genuinely would like to know what is going on inside these people’s heads!
    If something really bad is actually happening, how come none of us is noticing apart from the eco-fanatics? What special gifts do they have that allows them to see dangerous sea-level rise when real experts can’t or dangerous ocean acidification when the pH has changed by about 0.2 and the real experts claim their fears are groundless? Or the demise of the Great Barrier Reef when Paul Homewood is today reporting that the Reef is doing just fine, thank you, according to people who make a living off it?
    And perhaps most importantly of all, why are their fears always so desperately short of checkable facts? Can we have some real-life examples, please? THEN we might start to believe it.

      • Remarkable how insular continental Americans can be about “our” language and its mechanics (which are not taught in American schools any more, sadly). OK, so I love British literature as well as American; after all, my own high-school education in literature started with Beowulf (in translation, of course–we’re not that advanced). Although I have learned that -ize is from a Greek derivational morpheme that actually has a zeta in it, that bit of historical knowledge does not inhibit my understanding the words as spelt in the UK, Canada, Australia (oh, did I actually mean, “virtually the rest of the English speaking world”?). And some days, I find the spelling “colour” actually seems more colorful than “color”. Just my 2¢ worth.

      • Don Newkirk,
        I automatically used ‘colour’ in a comment some days ago, but I changed it to ‘color’ since I’m American. The rest-of-the-world English is well represented on this blog and I enjoy the differences.
        I find I am becoming bilingual in English ;o)
        [Fewer “U’s” mean a lighter internet, less energy spent. .mod]

  5. Today, in a newscast on TV here in Aus, a video of an event was broadcast. A video of a seal, literally, jumping out of the water on to the back end of a large leisure boat, around the engine deck, fishers on board, with Orcas in the water. Now, to me, this seal is far far far smarter than Bob Beale.

  6. Where are the serious people?
    Imagine, all my uncles who fought in WWII for the putz’s who sneer at them today.
    Where are the men? Ineffectual, game playing children is what they are.

    • We’re seeing proof that the mettle does not last. It has to be reforged each time by trial and fire and circumstance. But the time for speed of adjustment is closing due to technology.


    • the man said : ” it’s very bloody real, it’s right bloody here, right bloody now. It’s”
      a freakshow, baby…lol
      take it from the men.

    • “Where are the men? Ineffectual, game playing children is what they are.”
      In recovery after two decades in a school system full of women and feminized men, that’s designed from the ground up to feminize them.

    • An old article, but one that may partly answer your rhetorical question was one in RT.com in January titled “Europe’s tragedy: Too much Angela Merkel, too little masculinity”
      A couple of quotes:
      “…Since the 1960s, modern mothers have raised their sons to be women, soaking them in feminine values like accepting responsibility for household chores, being caring, understanding and attentive, and bend to every wish of the woman. This has produced a generation of soft, insecure men, who are out of touch with their masculine nature, identity and strength.”
      “…The feminine approach threatens to throw society into chaos and outright collapse because the rule of law and its enforcement are made subject to the priorities of care, understanding and inclusion.”
      One could venture that with the pussified state of western education these days, it’s fair speculation that the likes of Mr Beale were never sent to the headmasters office for six of the best when they were too busy playing with themselves in class to hear anything their science teacher was telling them (you know, in case it triggered their anxiety or dented their delicate self-asteem) so they really aren’t capable of doing anything other than throwing petulent tantrums and sitting in the corner to cry and make up poxy words when they don’t get their way.
      Any wonder I gave up on the lame-stream media as a source of reliable fact based news last century? I wouldn’t trust a newspaper to wipe my arse with today.

  7. Just give it a little more time. NK and Iran have further testing to do with their ballistic missiles.

  8. There was a little grammar error in one of your sentences…here, I’ve corrected it for you.
    “A green journalist is in despair that most people prefer playing trendy computer games, rather than listening to his urgent whining about the imminent green apocalypse.”

  9. …Solastalgia is feeling homesick while you are still at home, a melancholy brought on by the loss or degradation of a treasured environment….
    Welcome to the magical world of being a grumpy old man. We felt this when you ruined our treasured environment. And now the tables are turned…

    • …Solastalgia is feeling homesick while you are still at home, a melancholy brought on by the loss or degradation of a treasured environment….
      On the other hand, …Scholastalgia is feeling sick because the academic world is polluted by mind-numbed robots taught to “feel” their through expensive years of re-education propaganda while you are still at home paying their bills for a useless piece of paper that qualifies them for nothing but a government job of perpetual waste.

      • I don’t agree with your definition. Scholastalgia is a longing for past times when scholarly studies were worth something.
        What is the difference between a printed copy of a climatology paper and the on-line version ?
        A: you can’t wipe your arse ( ass ) with a PDF.

  10. It’s all rather encouraging. Alarmist loons like him are shouting louder and louder, while the great ovine unwashed are listening lees and less. Let’s hope “the trend” continues.

    • This is a well know effect of crying “wolf ! ” . It works for so long. At 30y they’ve had a pretty good run.
      Don’t worry, the “trend” will continue. It is what Peter Wadhams would characterise as a “trend to zero”, which ( as he recently explained on the Guardian ) actually means a trend one million.
      So I guess, in four years, there will only be one million people concerned about climate change,

      • “a trend one [to] million.”
        It appears to be an asymptotic trend. 😉
        Of course these yapping dogs can always resort to redefining “ice free” to be < 4M sq. km., it's all conveniently arbitrary anyway.

      • this is the ABC..and one R williams has had pretty much total control of that show and a lot of the “science” input for damn near 30 yrs or more
        pretty much tells the story
        every bleating halfassed climateclown gets immediate airtime if the words carbon or warming are mentioned

  11. That poor fellow is in dire need of professional mental health assistance. Perhaps Jo Nova can recommend a local source.

  12. I can see his problem, on one hand you have an obsession driven addictive device encouraging you to track down and destroy all sorts of imaginary evils and the other which is just a game you play on your phone …..

  13. while the real plants and animals of the world are turning up their toes in their billions.
    What it would take, my panic stricken, self deluded, devoid of factual information journalist, is for statements like this one to be remotely true.

    • He probably belongs to The Sierra Club. and believes that the death of even a single “animal” from climate change is a tragedy, but if only *humans* would die off by the billions, the planet might still be saved – you know, for the *important* forms of life.
      Charity begins at home. How about the author and his fellow planet savers start by sacrificing *themselves* for the greater good, i.e. to save the threatened nematodes and dandelions.

    • The only animals turning up their toes are the birds and bats being killed by Windmills. Too bad this guy doesn’t get as exercised about the real world problems of the birds and bats as he does about CAGW fantasies.

      • Good reminder, brian with a 356. And it is worse than that. The birds (I realize you know this — you just used the word loosely) are not instantaneously, painlessly, vaporized. They catch fire and burn to death. I find that very depressing, indeed, especially given the very low EROI of Ivanpah and other solar sc@ms.
        Another depressing thing was, in searching for a youtube video of this painful sight (I didn’t search very long and did not find a genuine exposé), I discovered that the solar industry has cunningly used such videos to promote the solar bird burners.
        The message runs like this:
        1. There are some birds killed by solar power plants.
        False implication: we are being completely up front about this.
        2. Just a couple dozen of this, a few of that, and two of these.
        False implication: only a few birds die; not enough to be a concern.
        3. Look at all our shiny “mirrors” — they generate a lot of power.
        Left out is the truth that: the power generated is tiny compared to: 1) the total power needs of homes and businesses; and 2) the money and energy invested to make it happen.
        4. False conclusion (the goal of the whole sneaky, use-a-little-truth-to-tell-a-BIG-LIE videos):
        Solar power is worth killing (even torturing to death) a few birds.

  14. I live in the NW of England and voted for Brexit. I visited relatives in London the day after the referendum and they were almost suicidal over the result – the sky was surely going to fall in on everyone. Of course it didn’t and won’t.
    Now I know what the condition is called.

    • That condition is a mental disorder called “Liberalism”. And it really gained traction at the end of WW II in Britain, when they summarily chucked Churchill and his elitist war-mongering ilk, in favor of a kinder, gentler sort of nanny state. Or so I gather, I suppose I could be ill informed.

    • I don’t have all that angst figured out myself? I haven’t lived in England since 1977 but it just didn’t seem bad to me back then. I had to show a passport when I left the country, everyone had them, no one needed a visa to go anywhere you’ actually want to go this side of the iron curtain and the EU didn’t fix that.
      I went back most recently in 97 and couldn’t find a decent chip shop anywhere, and I looked. For me bangers and chips are what Americans used to think McDonalds was. Tragic. And beer? What happened to beer?
      If Brexit helps England be England again it’s worth anything you need to sacrifice.

  15. “Hotter than ever” is a non-specific falsehood. These people never know from temps or past climate
    histories. They are truly driven by overactive emotions, only emotions. According to past warmist predictions, he should be getting run over by climate refugees by now.

    • “Hotter than ever” is a non-specific falsehood.
      No, it is a very specific falsehood. In the context of Earth “ever” is about 3.5 billion years. It is very specific BULLSHIT.
      It is willfull, knowing statement of a falsehood, aka LYING.

  16. “Australia’s coastline has seen massive changes in the past six months”.
    Seriously? Massive? Are you sure? That is such an insane and disturbingly uninformed statement.
    Imagine the irony: Here is someone accusing Pokémon Go players of not living in reality while at the same time making weird otherworldly claims of this type. This is supposed to be 2016, but the Middle Ages are knocking quite insistently at the doors again with this sort of superstition.

    • It should be easy to glance over public records and determine just how many Australians have been forced to abandon their coastal homes to the licking surf, and become climate refugees. My guess is they will number in the zeros.

      • + a zillion.
        Brians, do you charge royalties if I borrow that retort
        “..my guess is they will number in the zeroes”?
        it’s about the most singularly brilliant quote I’ve read or heard today 🙂

    • East Coast: A bit of local beach erosion subsequent to a storm at sea and a high tide. If that is all you saw you could be forgiven for thinking that Australia was on the verge of eroding into the Pacific ocean – or you could have looked around a bit and acquired some perspective.

  17. This Beale fellow needs a lie-down. Probably on a psychiatrist’s couch. He appears to have a severe case of enviro-psychosis.

    • Well, put yourself in his shoes, those of a journalist and writer of sorts. Where’s the low-hanging fruit in captivating topics? The pressure is relentless. Deadlines and all that. Sucks to be him, what?

  18. Obviously the search for “imaginary Pokémon creatures” is more interesting than the search for imaginary global warming.

  19. The green blob is rather like an evangelical preacher who predicts the Second Coming, names a date, and has it pass, and still tries to claim he was right all along.

  20. Is it not the case that the heat released from the ocean (El Niño/La NiNna cycle) and which briefly warmed the atmosphere is now well on its way to the vast darkness of space making 2015/2016 global cooling events rather than warming events? I mean, how else can Earth shed ocean heat except by moving it through the atmosphere and then to space? This has been a good thing the AGW alarmists should be celebrating.

  21. For me, the most alarming bit of the posting is that there exist in our world folks who label themselves as “environmental philosophers.” Sad, so sad.

    • I think Bill McKibben could have coined that term. Better by far than, when asked, having to respond “gossip columnist”. (He penned the “Talk Of The Town” column for The New Yorker.)

  22. For the poor so called journalist, I have the solution to end his misery.
    May I suggest self immolation which will have a side benefit of “raising awareness” as well as ending his emotional distress. It will also end the emotional distress of those who have had to listen to his plaintive bleating.
    Unfortunately it would add some BTUs to the biosphere at least on a temporary basis.

  23. Brains, Paul,
    Job Title inflation has been around for – well – probably forever.
    Certainly my cousin’s local supermarket has two Vice-President – Peas.
    One VP-Peas, Fresh; the other – Frozen [no, not the Dismal Pix one!].
    And some of our more forward-looking local authorities employ Pre-Used Chattel Recycling Officers – Bin Men.
    Auto – wondering if Bum Boatie could be upgraded someday soon!

  24. Green Journalist: People prefer Playing Pokemon to Worrying About Climate Issues

    It would appear in this matter the people are taking their cue from climate scientists.

  25. Unlike politically correct and oversensitive Progressives, most people do not want to focus intently on what is wrong with their world, but would rather get as much *enjoyment* out of the world as they can.

  26. Actually, Catastrophic Man Made Climate Change and Pokémon have a lot in common…..The both revolve around imaginary Monsters….

  27. he has played just about every hysteria card in the pack, surprised sea level didnt get a direct run. I wonder what this guys ideal world looks like? something like the Truman Show were nothing ever happens and nothing changes. He had one good thought in the article but didnt follow through “I could go on—but what’s the point?”

  28. Mr Beale really is imagining things. Last Monday I revisited 4 beaches south of Adelaide in the Gulf of St Vincent that I used to enjoy as a kid 55 years ago. All have a reef near shore and the tide was out. These reefs used to be only visible at low tide with just a few inches exposed at low tide. Well shock horror, the reefs were visible last Monday exactly like 55 years ago. “Massive change” is a deliberate untruth by an easily programmed humanoid. This guy deserves his self imposed depression.

  29. Peter Hannam at the SMH pushes the AGW line with a breathtaking new discovery.
    ‘When Charles Dickens, the English novelist, was detailing the “soft black drizzle” of pollution over London, he might inadvertently have been chronicling the early signs of global warming.
    ‘New research led by Australian scientists has pegged back the timing of when humans had clearly begun to change the climate to the 1830s.’

    • Well, Peter Hannam, Leonard Nimoy begs to differ…..
      “In 1977, the worst winter in a century….”

      (youtube)
      CO2 UP. WARMING STOPPED.
      Just who do the Dickens do you think you are kidding, Hannam (and your scientists-for-hire)?

      • And your smart phone has more computing power than a mainframe from the 1970s.
        Scientists know more now than they knew then.

      • Yes, Troll Yush. They know that the hottest temperatures of the 20th century were in the 1930’s and they know that there was, indeed, a cooling trend in the mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s. And they also know that there is not one piece of data proving CO2 (much less, the ~ 4% emitted by humans) causes global climate change. They also know that the climate models are unskilled. And many other things which, apparently, you have yet to learn.
        Heh, likely, you are not a troll, but a sockpuppet, just messin’ (in German).

      • Re: the “in German” — yes, dear Deutsche speakers, there is no word spelled like that in German. My interpretation of Y’s “name” is based on treating it as if he were drunk, thus, slurring his words: “Jush {German word for talking crap pronounced as a drunk would pronounce it}.”

    • Peter Hannam has made statements at the SMH in his articles that can, and were, easily refuted. None of his alarmist articles allows comments anymore. The man is an uninformed fool.

  30. Australia’s coastline was very well mapped by none other than Captain James Cook. It should be an easy job to compare his maps of the East Coast to that of today. I understand there is little difference.

  31. Didn’t even know pokeman was a game. And yet I would still prefer playing pokeman to worrying about a non-issue.

    • To address Just Messin’ (in German):
      The data says that the AGWers are the ones living in fantasy scienceland.
      The science realists, such as Dr. Richard Lindzen, know that the observed warming is well within natural variation:

      … it should be recognized that the basis for a climate that is highly sensitive to added greenhouse gasses is solely the computer models. The relation of this sensitivity to catastrophe, moreover, does not even emerge from the models, but rather from the fervid imagination of climate activists.

      Source: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/13/dr-richard-lindzens-talk-at-eike/

      The earth’s climate (in contrast to the climate in current climate GCMs) is dominated by a strong net negative feedback. Climate sensitivity is on the order of 0.3°C, and such warming as may arise from increasing greenhouse gases will be indistinguishable from the fluctuations in climate that occur naturally from processes internal to the climate system itself.

      Source: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/03/30/lindzen-on-negative-climate-feedback/

      • Re: Sockpuppet Yush’s name:
        The “in German” is based on treating the “name” as if Yush were drunk, thus, slurring his words: “Jush {German word for talking crap pronounced as a drunk would pronounce it}.” = Just sch…in’.

    • Jim Yushchyshyn: “And, people also pretend that global warming is not a problem.”
      That’s because it isn’t, of course. Two or three degrees of warming will be an almost completely unmitigated blessing.
      Oh, and in any case, mankind can no more significantly alter the climate than significantly alter the time the sun rises and sets.
      So you can stop sleeping on your incontinence sheet and gobbling antidepressants and get on with enjoying the bounties that a few more ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere has bestowed on the ecosystem.

  32. If we are going to waste our time with none sense things, it might as well be fun like Pokemon Go instead of some climate change claim I don’t even see even happening.

  33. Even “green” politicians play Pokémon. This happened recently at a defense hearing in the Norwegian parliament when the leader of “Venstre” a Liberal party spent her time playing Pokémon. This party is probably the most obsessed of the Norwegian party in global warming hysteria. She recently succeeded in introducing an extra plan seat fee on all commercial flights of about 10$ a seat.
    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dagensps.se%2Fnyheter%2Fpolitik%2Fpartiledare-jagar-pokemon-go-pa-jobbet%2F&edit-text=

  34. IMO, when Australia finally goes all Mad Max, Bob Beale will not have a super-charged 452 V-8 road machine or be the clever, if nerdy, auto-gyro pilot. He’ll especially not be the brilliant diminutive pig farmer who understands the value of usable methane in a post apocalyptic society. No, he’ll be one of the bound, leather-clad hood ornaments of the evil gang leader.

  35. When a person fancies himself a leader, he need only look behind him to find out if anyone is following him. If there is no one, he then has a choice: to further study and apply himself to leadership and service, or to curse those who are not following him. By cursing them, he has shown only how small he is and how unfit, at present at least, he is to lead. He could do well at starting such study and application by taking to heart some of the comments on this very comment board.

  36. If you live your life without plugging into a liberal media source you would never notice any signs of climate change. The coastline where I’m at doesn’t look any different than it did 40 years ago, there hasn’t been any change in average temperature that I’ve noticed, there are no plants that can’t survive anymore, rainfall patterns are the same, droughts come and go, storm frequencies may have slowed down but its not real noticeable. Everything has variations but if you’re not being brain washed into thinking every weather event is because of climate change you would never think anything is changing with the climate. I lived through that period in the 80s and 90s that now shows a hockey stick rise in temperatures in the US without EVER hearing or noticing anything about the climate getting warmer. I watched the news during that time, no weather man I watched said anything about average temperatures increasing, not even once, and I sure didn’t notice any change going on. Probably because they didn’t start modifying the data to show the temperature rise at the end of the century until after 2000. Now THAT is man made climate change.

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