Training the Next Generation of Climate “Earth Warriors”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

h/t Willie Soon – What do climate activists do if they can’t convince adults to support their hardline green policies?

Children’s books can do more to inspire the new generation of Earth warriors

June 4, 2018 9.59pm AEST

Gary Haq

SEI Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York

A changing climate means the frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves, flooding, hurricanes and wildfires has become a common occurrence. Temperatures are increasing on the land and in the ocean, the sea level is rising and amounts of snow and ice are diminishing, as greenhouse gas emissions and concentrations have increased. Unfortunately, children and young people are taking the brunt of climate changeand this will continue into the future.

Doctors are seeing the serious effects of global warming on children’s health and are concerned that it could reverse the progress made over the past 25 years in reducing global child deaths. Not only that, children are at risk of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety due to natural disasters caused by climate change.

Given the enormity of the climate challenge, it is surprising how limited coverage of our changing climate receives in current children’s fiction. The children’s publishing sector is booming. UK sales of children’s books rose by 16% in 2016 with sales totalling £365m. Globally, children’s book sales have risen steadily across all age categories.

Some picture books do explain climate change (such as The Magic School Bus and Climate Change by Joanne Cole and Bruce Degen). And there are plenty of young adult novels that feature dystopian climate futures (such as Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd). But few fiction books for eight to 11-year-olds discuss the issue.

We need children to care about the planet if they are to the tackle climate challenge that lies ahead. Storytelling can play a part in raising awareness and inspiring children and young adults to take action and become the next generation of Earth warriors.

Read more:

Michael Mann endorses the child “Earth Warrior” initiative.

As a father I’m rather glad about the shortage of “dystopian” children’s stories. Young children experience enough nightmares without deliberately force feeding them nasty apocalyptic visions of how painful, empty and pointless their future will be.

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June 5, 2018 2:25 am

There will be a backlash when the children realise they have been lied to.

Coming to a University near you willie soon.

Couldn’t resist it!……..Sorry. 🙂

Phil Rae
Reply to  HotScot
June 5, 2018 2:28 am

You’re fast off the mark, HotScot! And, yes, one day these kids will realise that it was just a crock!

Reply to  Phil Rae
June 5, 2018 3:11 am

They will. Do the perpetrators know that they could become the Harvey Weinsteins in 10 years? It’s not just lies and propaganda tactics, this is in the realm of permanent brain damage IMO, and with the internet “stalking” technology being the way it is now (and in the future), there’ll be nowhere to hide you Stokes and Moshers, Manns and Cooks. Trenberth will be let off for being the biggest dufus in the class. Jones, not sure. Hansen …. will be cold already.

Reply to  philincalifornia
June 5, 2018 3:43 am

Right now we have the opposite case. The skeptics are being treated like Weinsteins.

There’s an election going on in Ontario (Canada). One of the Conservative candidates is a skeptic. The other parties are trumpeting that fact in a manner that you would think the Conservative party must be full of child abusers and other perverts.

Reply to  commieBob
June 5, 2018 4:05 am

This is not surprising. Canadians still form their opinions from what they are told by their MSM, especially the dominant news source the CBC tv and radio. The CBC still talks about climate change every day, and Canadians listen and follow it faithfully. The CBC even has a Saturday science show which regularly talks about anthropogenic climate change like it is unquestionable truth.

As a result most Canadians are stuck in 2009.

Reply to  Klem
June 5, 2018 5:09 am

Canadas CBC and Aus ABC run hand in glove
same dross on our science shows day in day out and every chance to mention agw even on the religious shows, but then it IS a Belief system isnt it?

Tom Halla
Reply to  ozspeaksup
June 5, 2018 5:42 am

The US PBS is similarly hard green.

Reply to  Tom Halla
June 5, 2018 6:31 am

And the US NPR (National Public Radio) also.

Reply to  RicDre
June 5, 2018 7:13 am

That’s why the Broadcasting Board of Governors needs to be de-funded and shut down.

I notice a commenter referring to Harvey Weinstein. It should be Jeffery Epstein.

I recall a prominent environmental activist (woman) who openly promoted incest. These are sick people who prey on children and need to be stopped.

Kids have enough on their plate without this.

I penned an article a few years ago and as a grandfather, I have been successful at explaining to the grandkids the truth of the matter politely and reasonably to counter propaganda they learn about this in school (and what the other propagandized grandfather espouses on the subject) without denigrating anyone and non confrontational.

It’s a tough job but worth it. Winning!

Reply to  john
June 5, 2018 8:22 am

Greens and other left wing progressives have a history of promoting pedophile concerns, especially in the 60’s and 70’s.

Reply to  john
June 5, 2018 2:47 pm

Sharpen the old pen up and get to it as a Grandpa I can not think of anything better to do & to pass on, it must be easy to do even politicians and actors have tried it!!

Reply to  Klem
June 5, 2018 7:37 am

Most Canadians are not what the media portrays. We just happen to have a few governments that see some advantage in the climate scare theology.
Then there is Mr. Dressup Trudeau and Climate Barbie helping to make us look really stupid.

Reply to  Phil Rae
June 5, 2018 11:13 am


I was as surprised to have posted first as you are.

Which made me think. The editing facility on the new format could incite some users to simply post a single word to establish their place on the blog comments, then edit it out to a whole comment.

Or is that just the cynic in me showing?


Reply to  HotScot
June 5, 2018 2:32 am

Child abuse, no other term for it.

Reply to  Gerard
June 5, 2018 12:14 pm

Gerard, I agree. Filling children’s heads with lurid end-of-the-world tales is nothing short of pornographic.

Reply to  Gerard
June 5, 2018 2:50 pm

They could stitch it to the Victorian “Safe Schools” program,that really was A grade child abuse!

Reply to  HotScot
June 5, 2018 3:14 am

It will be a generational experience in 2040 to talk about the various horror stories that textbooks and teachers spread today. Peak climate change scare is here.

Linnea C. Lueken
Reply to  Hugs
June 5, 2018 9:51 am

I hope this is peak scare— but they seem to keep upping the ante.

Bill Powers
Reply to  Hugs
June 10, 2018 10:53 am

I think Linnea’s concerns are valid Hugs. A recent WUWT referenced a quote by Max Planck “A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” The same can be said for lies. Especially well financed lies backed by the Pro CAGW Government with control over Public School education. The government funded alarmists see education as a weapon they control and this is all a matter of keeping the message (read propaganda) alive until the Baby Boomers are nothing more than an exercise in Carbon Dating.

John Law
June 5, 2018 2:40 am

If the world doesn’t end soon, I’m leaving!

Rolf H Carlsson
Reply to  John Law
June 5, 2018 2:49 am

Stockholm Environmental Institute is the leading pseudoscience alarmist in Sweden…

Hugh Mannity
Reply to  Rolf H Carlsson
June 5, 2018 5:55 am

Would they be creating Stockholm Syndrome?

June 5, 2018 2:44 am

Maybe that all the current Plinian explosive eruption in reporting the earth’s volcanic activity will stop the CAGW in its tracks and save the humanity from a looming and inevitable disaster/sarc
As we know the solar activity is heading for the SC24 minimum and possibly low SC25.
Occasionally it is said by one or two contributors that during prolong lower solar cycles there is a notable increase in the volcanic activity.
Now Telegraph in its extensive free access article is asking:
Is volcanic activity on the rise – and if so, where’s next?

Reply to  vukcevic
June 5, 2018 2:53 am

I did try to attach link to the article but doesn’t appear to be there.

Reply to  vukcevic
June 5, 2018 3:17 am

The link is present, but visited links appear in white, which makes them almost invisible on the light grey background. I haven’t visited your link, so I see it in blue.
addendum: only people who have already visited your link can’t see it – so it’s not really worth complaining!

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  Khwarizmi
June 5, 2018 3:47 am

Of course it is worth complaining. What can it cost to get the FG color right?

Reply to  vukcevic
June 5, 2018 9:45 am

Clearing browsing data link becomes visible (in blue colour).

Mike L.
June 5, 2018 3:01 am


June 5, 2018 3:09 am

Michael Mann just wants his hockey stick beaten into the heads of innocent children.
It is happening now in my experience when talking to my grandchildren.

John Doran
Reply to  Alasdair
June 7, 2018 7:35 am

I was chatting to our niece’s daughter, here in the UK.
She proudly showed me her book: The Horrible History of the World, by a BBC scumbag, Terry Deary.
Every achievement of human civilisation is denigrated: the laws, cities, etc, etc. ALL human progress is denigrated.
There is praise only for Totalitarian China.
It is the most insidious mind control. It is child abuse.

I take them off the childrens’ shelves of local libraries, book them out & don’t return them. They do not pursue me.

The BBC children’s “comedy” series Horrible Histories backs up this attempt to prepare our kids’ minds for the Hunger Games World the Bankster 1%s & their compliant cohorts have in mind.

John Doran.

June 5, 2018 3:15 am

“Storytelling can play a part in raising awareness ” …..

…. and there you have it. The entire history of “climate change” summed up in eight words.

June 5, 2018 3:22 am

When I was younger, it was enough to be a Friend of the Earth. Now we must be warriors. Desperate times, indeed. Why the militaristic call to duty when our air and water are so much cleaner now? It’s the desperation of power-hungry politicians losing their grip on reality.

Reply to  Marnof
June 5, 2018 5:12 am

Correct me if i’m wrong but doesn’t friendship work both ways? Does the Earth even want our friendship? Or even care? Is it capable of understanding what “friendship” even is? Maybe i’m going to be a friend of my chair, or that nice girl who doesn’t even know about me.

This reminds me of religious warriors of many different religions. Because they believe that God or Gods told them that they should fight for him/them. Even though nobody actually showed concrete proof that God ordered them to kill others in his name. And everyone else either blindly believed that, or just took advantage of it. Modern enviromentalism is so similar to a religion and people don’t even realise it. I guess it’s in our nature to worship things.

June 5, 2018 3:33 am

Storytelling can play a part in raising awareness …

That’s what the whole thing is about isn’t it? LOL

June 5, 2018 3:34 am

Training children, of course, works. It is called brainwashing, and has always gone on for one reason or another. Politics and religion are two examples.
A quote from an unknown goes:
“Be careful what you put in your brain, for you will never, ever get it out again.”
“Scientists don’t change their minds – they grow old and die, and scientists with different ideas take their place.”
And my own quote:
“Children believe what they are taught, even when you believe you are not teaching them.”

Sam C Cogar
Reply to  John
June 5, 2018 7:25 am

The literal fact is, ……….

“You are what your environment nurtured you to be”.

Reply to  John
June 5, 2018 7:43 am

Lest we forget
Hitler youth

June 5, 2018 3:35 am

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the efficient brainwashing works extremely well on such as these.

Roy Everett
June 5, 2018 3:39 am

We had a similar problem in 1910 when we were told were were all going to die because of deadly carbon compound in the atmosphere: cyanogen. We were sold “comet pills” to protect us. Nobody died, but the comet-pill hawkers did well out of it. “Shows the pills worked, don’t it?” Replace nitrogen with carbon, and pills with carbon credits, and it turns out to be the same scam, with zeroes and politicians added.

June 5, 2018 3:45 am

The Impact of Science on Society, by Lord Bertrand Russell is key to noticing Mann is simply following it rote, robot like. Russell advises :
“The social psychologists of the future will have a number of classes of school children on whom they will try different methods of producing an unshakable conviction that snow is black. Various results will soon be arrived at.”
“First, that the influence of home is obstructive.
Second, that not much can be done unless indoctrination begins before the age of ten.
Third, that verses set to music and repeatedly intoned are very effective.
Fourth, that the opinion that snow is white must be held to show a morbid taste for eccentricity.
But I anticipate. It is for future scientists to make these maxims precise and discover exactly how much it costs per head to make children believe that snow is black, and how much less it would cost to make them believe it is dark gray.”

A Russell wannabee? No? Then quote mephistopheles Russell early and often, warn the kids hapless parents.

Reply to  bonbon
June 5, 2018 4:55 am

It seems to me that “factualist” and “factualism” are ‘ better fit’ words than are “skeptic” and “skepticism.”

Ulric Lyons
June 5, 2018 3:48 am

From the EASAC Extreme weather and trends in Europe report:

“Human influence on climate has increased the
probability that persistent anticyclones may cause
heat waves in Europe such as in 2003 by around
a factor of four compared with the scenario
without recent climate warming”

In fact summer 1976 was hotter in England, even during a cold AMO phase, as solar wind conditions were stronger. All because Saturn was in a tighter quadrature with Jupiter and Uranus than in 2003. The same type of configuration also drove the heatwaves of 1948-49, and 1934, and the warm year of 1686 in the middle of the Maunder Minimum. Such heatwaves are drivers of climate change, not the result of climate change.
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“The high-temperature summer extremes have been
contrasted with extreme cold winters in some years
in parts of Europe. However, such cold spells are
often associated with the same type of long-lasting
high-pressure systems as summer heat waves.”

That’s effectively saying that negative North Atlantic/Arctic Oscillation (NAO/AO) is the same as positive NAO/AO. Such cold spells are associated with solar minima and weak solar wind conditions producing deep negative NAO/AO states, which is why it hasn’t been that cold (Dec 2010) since the last solar minimum, despite the globe warming since then.

All factors effected by the AMO shifting to its warm phase, including regional precipitation, drought, and storm tracks, are of the wrong sign to associate with an anthropogenic signal, as the warm AMO is negative NAO driven, while rising CO2 forcing is expected to increase positive NAO. Moreover, a warm AMO is normal during a solar minimum.

June 5, 2018 4:17 am

The daughter of an old high school friend recently published a children’s book, Solar, the Polar Bear… I have managed to not ridicule it on Facebook… only because the friend’s late father was a geologist with Newmont Mining, and somewhat of a mentor to me way back in the Pleistocene.

Reply to  David Middleton
June 5, 2018 5:14 am

well as hes the “late” and would probably also be pretty unimpressed id owe it to him to ridicule away..
constructive criticism and all that;-)

June 5, 2018 4:22 am

What happens when AI directed personal avatars are the primary means of educating children? Will AI spoon feed children the bogus science the alarmists are proclaiming? The kind of leaps in knowledge already being made by using integrated data from diverse sources would seem to preclude ignoring things like the urban heat island effect, and the large swaths of interpolated temperatures. A self directed AI educational or tutoring program may refuse to serve up RCP8.5 projections of future climate impacts unless the is strong evidence that human intelligence w’s been lowered an effective 20 points on he IQ scale.

Reply to  Paul Stevens
June 5, 2018 5:02 am

What are the innovations and the advances in civilized society that can be expected to result from the teaching of bogus science to our children?

There is a reality and there is just one version of reality. Reality is what it is. Each truth is what it is. Each truth is a part of the whole truth. The sum of all truths equals the one reality……..And it just doesn’t freaking matter whether you believe it or not.

Reply to  kokoda
June 5, 2018 4:25 am

I input a link to the WSJ article and it didn’t post

Ah, if I hover my cursor in the area where I input the link, the cursor changes from an arrow to a hand.
Thanks to Khwarizmi comment 1 hour ago.

Hey, we should have time stamps on each comment.

June 5, 2018 4:27 am

Right now, I would carefully monitor what kids read and try to steer them toward old-style sci-fi or fantasy fiction. Heinlein’s books like ‘Have Spacesuit-Will Travel’ and ‘Red Planet’ end on positive notes, with the “kids” solving the problems and in the case of Kip and Peewee, saving the planet with Mother Thing as a backup.

Fantasy fiction like The Hobbit is better than the dysfunctional stories that are written to intimidate readers and deny them a solution to a problem. And there is plenty of kids’ lit available that does not aim at dystopic, dysfunctional societies that are headed toward Doomsday.

Movies like “Goonies” are better than the majority of the twaddle that passes for entertainment. And frankly, Walt Disney’s family-oriented movies like ‘Pollyanna’ and old TV shows like ‘My Friend Flicka’ and ‘Fury’ would be better for them to watch. If you are really concerned about what your kids are getting “fed” at school in the way of information, look up the “old stuff’ from the 1950s and 1960s, before it became OK to be ill=mannered, sloppy buffoons.

There is a lot of turmoil going on in Western civilization that was not necessary. It should never have happened, but without the threat that it represents, we might take for granted what we rely on. It is easy to see how quickly it can be threatened and then demolished by carelessness on our part. That includes everything from having electricity for light and gas for heating and cooking at the flip of a switch, to moving about freely in your car and having good, fresh food readily available .

It’s too easy to let authority figures like teachers with a hidden agenda destroy from within. But you can counter that by building your kids’ defenses from within It’s quite all right to teach them to be skeptics, and find things out for themselves. And it may be the only way to keep them from becoming Robots of Doom.

Reply to  Sara
June 5, 2018 4:32 am

Only if the solution is REALISTIC. I am tired of feel good crap from the skeptic side too. You can’t magically get rid of wind energy, you can’t scare the wind people, you can’t change the greed and lies of politicians yet there are books that imply that. DO NOT LIE even when using science fiction.

PS—I can’t stand the Hobbit.

Reply to  Sheri
June 5, 2018 6:33 am

You don’t like The Hobbit? Oh! But it was such a great adventure!!! And that was my point. Children’s stories used to be adventures, not nightmares.
There are enough nightmares in the real world that we all have to face. Kids don’t need them embedded in what is supposed to be fun stuff. That was my point.

Reply to  Sara
June 5, 2018 4:12 pm

Fairy tales are more than true. Not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten. 🙂

Reply to  Sheri
June 5, 2018 9:02 am

did you read the book first?

Reply to  DonM
June 5, 2018 10:41 am

I found ‘The Hobbit’ and the other books at the book store after I got through high school I thought they were great stuff, and The Hobbit was a hoot.
You’re supposed to have adventures when you’re a kid. OK, so I wasn’t a “kid” when I read LOTR and The Hobbit, but I still wanted that sense of adventure.

Reply to  Sara
June 5, 2018 8:51 am

Sara a problem I faced in battling what was and was not being taught in my child’s schools were other parents. It was not necessarily that the other parents agreed or disagreed with what was being taught, they didn’t care, it was they didn’t want to be involved since it required them to do more work. As a group of parents told me very clearly at one gifted parents meeting, they had not intention of getting farther involved in educating their children that was what they were paying the teachers to do.

Reply to  Edwin
June 5, 2018 10:43 am

I think what you’re talking about is the reason that a lot of parents are doing home schooling.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Sara
June 5, 2018 10:08 am

“Heinlein’s books like ‘Have Spacesuit-Will Travel”

One of the first science fiction books I read as a child. Loved it.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
June 5, 2018 10:44 am

Ditto. I bought a slide rule when I was 11 because I wanted to know what Peewee was talking about. It’s buried somewhere in my boxes of junk.

June 5, 2018 4:29 am

How long does the effect last? Like many techniques used by the climate warriors this may be short-lived. Many children grow out of the fantasy book world and find out about real life—especially if it means losing that iPhone. I rarely see studies on how long the ideas stay with the child. (I know I outgrew fairy tales very early on. I may be the exception, but I don’t find a lot of adults out there who believe Nemo was real.)

I’d love to read studies on how long these things marketing techniques last.

Also, aren’t there any skeptic books for kids? Realistic ones, I mean.

Reply to  Sheri
June 5, 2018 5:20 am

We all still believe in fairy tales.

You are deluding yourself if you think you are not.

They are just more sophisticated fairy tales, that’s all.

Hugh Mannity
Reply to  Sheri
June 5, 2018 6:03 am

Judging from the number of adult Harry Potter, Marvel/DC, and Star Wars fans out there. There are a lot of people who are heavily invested in a variety of fantasy worlds. Some to the point where the line between reality and fantasy worlds gets a bit blurry.

Reply to  Hugh Mannity
June 5, 2018 7:48 am

I grew up on Star Wars. I loved every part of it. Yet even as a child, I understood that ‘The Force’ was imaginary.

Religions are probably the best example of indoctrination, yet there are no religions that have never lost followers. Belief can only sustain you so long against reality.

One of the best examples of indoctrination was the old Soviet Union. Most of its people honestly believed what the where told to believe. And when reality showed that the Capitalist West was doing better, they simply block that information from being spread.

But eventually reality won. Because it’s hard to believe that your nation is the most successful when you’re standing in a bread line.


Reply to  Sheri
June 5, 2018 10:50 am

I’d agree with your take on this, Sheri, except for one thing: I absolutely groove on fantasy fiction and good sci-fi. I have the entire Deverry saga by Kathryn Kerr, which grew out of a role-playing game. And I love getting into a herbalist’s clothing and going to the Renaissance Faire. It’s all harmless and it’s enormous fun.
I also have a love of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances.
Most people view that as simple escapism, with a return to the Real World of jobs and paychecks. If that weren’t so, then the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies might not have had quite such a large audience.

Reply to  Sheri
June 6, 2018 7:15 am

The effect will last the rest of their lives. BECAUSE the books are not reality, and they know it, they learn to think and reason. It helps them explore actual reality vs. fantasy. I would argue it would make them see the fantasy of AGW for what it is.

June 5, 2018 4:33 am

To semi-quote Bette Davis: Fasten your seat belts, boys. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

June 5, 2018 4:41 am

Time to charge these scumbags with child endangerment and mental abuse of minors.

June 5, 2018 4:42 am

I am rather sad weary and cynical.

The problem resolves as I see it to a simple question of the world being too complicated for anyone to understand, and therefore such understanding as we do have, adults somewhat more than children, is in terms of simplified fairy stories, and science is one such, and e.g. socialism is another, and religion yet another.

All of these stories have merit, but none represent the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and the problem is their adherents think that they do. Because they are not taught as stories, but as literal truth.

Therefore children will always be naive, ignorant, believing in a simple set of stories they have been told, and therefore liable to error. It resolves into an issue of which lies to tell them 😉

The only antidote is to teach a core philosophy about the nature of truth itself.

But even here few would support this.

June 5, 2018 5:02 am

In a rational and objective world they would just tell the kids both sides of the story and let them decide for themselves. Or let them be kids and tell them when they are older. But that wouldn’t serve these people’s agenda…

June 5, 2018 5:05 am

reading crud like this makes me soooo angry
no wonder we have kids on SSRI meds at 4yrs old
these mongrels have no shame pushing their lies and fearmongering into kids lives
any parent buying this for their kids should be slapped hard, as a wake up
wouldnt do any good i know, theyre already mindwiped to the max.

Matthew R Epp
June 5, 2018 5:06 am

Have we already forgotten the cartoon, Captain Planet?

George V
Reply to  Matthew R Epp
June 5, 2018 11:32 am

First thing that came to my mind, before I got three words into this article! What an excreble pile of horsefeathers that cartoon was. My son was pre-school age when it was on so I confess to seeing it a few times. Fortunately he didn’t pay much attention to it.

The intro was a hoot, when the female character from Russia was asked “Are you Russian??” by the stereotypical thick-skulled male from America she replied “NYET!!! I am SOVIET!!!”
Just a few years later, we could ask “What’s a Soviet?”

I was glad when the show disappeared, but it seems a goodly number of our Millenials have absorbed it’s flawed thesis.

Snarling Dolphin
June 5, 2018 5:33 am

“… the frequency… has become a common occurrence.”

Oh my. Stupid ray on stun.

June 5, 2018 5:42 am

Grimm tales from a defeated movement

June 5, 2018 5:45 am

What is next for Mikey you give the kiddies lollipops if they say they believe in global warming.

Reply to  LdB
June 5, 2018 1:43 pm

….better than exploding them for not believing.

June 5, 2018 5:51 am

Making more Eric Holtaus bed wetters.

Paranoid delusions of the Left.
indoctrinated to believe 2 + 2 can = 5.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
June 5, 2018 6:36 am

What historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet-destroying toxin. It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world – that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison.
Richard Lindzen

June 5, 2018 6:43 am

Don’t forget to offer candy or special brownies to lure them in.

June 5, 2018 6:49 am
Otto Støver
June 5, 2018 7:04 am

I am really worried of the mental health that the children. They hear all about the dangers of cars and planes, and yet father and mother takes their cars to work every day. And the family goes on a summer vacation using aeroplane, as well as other work related excursions and meetings.

IMO this is the perfect recipe for schizofrenia, and I think we will see this in the years to come.

Reply to  Otto Støver
June 5, 2018 11:01 am

You know, when I was a kid, the most dangerous thing you could do was jump off the garage roof into the sandbox next to it. We used to climb trees with abandon, and ride bicycles with no helmets because helmets were not considered necessary.

Now kids can’t even pet a goat at a petting zoo without some overanxious parental unit going crazy about germs and goat diseases. They can’t go to a pick-your-own orchard to pick apples and peaches, because there might be bugs that would sting them. They can’t even ride a tricycle without a helmet because BUMPS!!!!

And if you, as a parent, let your kids go some place on their own, you can be reported for child neglect and endangerment, not because you did anything wrong, but because the hyperbolic anxiety that pervades society has generated this attitude.

Reply to  Sara
June 5, 2018 4:28 pm

Helmets paradoxically make bike accidents and injuries more likely, because the (somewhat illusory) sense of safety they provide tempts riders into taking more risks. 🙁

June 5, 2018 7:19 am

As I substitute teach middle school and high school I have come across a pamphlet published by Scholastic International at 6th grade level from which the children were assigned a composition to be written. It was a regurgitation of some of the most absurd excerpts from the book “Silent Spring”, the book written to assist in the banning of DDT and helped to justify the establishment of the EPA. When I asked the teacher if he knew what was in the publication, he had not had an opportunity to read it, probably due to all the bs meetings required by both state and federal regulations which he is required to attend.

Officialized propaganda at the 6th grade level both figuratively and in actuality. Scholastic International is a leftist publisher used by many schools to produce children’s publications.

Reply to  JimG1
June 5, 2018 8:36 am

I question whether environmental ‘propaganda’ is not already more widespread than this post suggests and such would show up in a survey. I have it on good authority that education society meetings often had such and some programs are invested heavily in statistical analyses, some questionable.

I posted this before and have not found out more about it, but this comes from two universities for ‘educational’ use. It is very simplistic, clearly ‘climate change’ oriented and not very competent.

John Doran
Reply to  JimG1
June 7, 2018 9:08 am

This should be actionable at law: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring novel is a total scientific fraud: a six page pdf from the Journal of American Physicians and Scientists, (fall) autumn 2004.
DDT: A Case Study in Scientific Fraud.

This “ban” on DDT has led to a true holocaust, perhaps 100 million deaths from malaria, mostly women & children in the 3rd world.

This is a genocide at the command of EPA head Ruckleshaus, June 1972, which exceeds the horrors the Communists perpetrated in Russia, China & Cambodia. A triumph of the “free” world.

All part of the 1%s depopulation Agenda 21.

John Doran.

June 5, 2018 8:44 am

Karl Marx was against the nukelar family. He saw it as one of the primary institutions bolstering up the Enemy, our prevailing society.

Since the Marxists have no respect for the Nukelar Family, as a basic unit and building block of society, they have no problem messing with the political beliefs of our kids, especially if it serves to create division between kids and parents.

Once that division, and derision, is in place, the kids are open to exploitation as political pawns.

My kid came home from school, and told me I was wasting water as I ran the tap while brushing my teeth.

Here is how it works: Junior learns that it is virtuous to not harm or pollute the earth, and that wasting water is harming the earth. Junior is encouraged to inform his parents about how to be virtuous – the school instructs the kids to have us all exercise, eat our fruits and vegetables, and reduce our carbon footprint, and not waste water.

The break is there: parents are not the source of teaching regarding virtue and sin; the schools are – obviously, since Mom and Dad are sinners – wasting water, carbon footprint, soda straws, etc.

Being smarter than the average grade-school instructor, I ask my kid:
Wasting water? Where does it go?
Down the drain.
then where?
to the waste water treatment plant.
then where?
to the ocean.
then where?
[i know they have already learned the water cycle – in school. he sees where I am going]
it evaporates and goes into clouds.
then where?
it falls on the land, and goes into the lakes and rivers.
then where.
to the water treatment plant.
then where?
through pipes, to our house.
then where?
down the drain.

OK, where did the water get “wasted?”

I have cut a divide between my child and the school. He knows he cannot take everything they say for granted, and he knows that part of their mission is to take over my job, as parent. If I stick with this, he will be fairly innoculated from their mind control.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
June 5, 2018 4:48 pm

It’s actually a good idea to keep the flow going when sending viscous stuff like toothpaste and denture cream down the drain. Keeps them from building up in the U-trap and causing a nasty clog. Same thing with toilets. Newfangled “water-saving” models clog much more often than the oldschool commodes that actually flush. Any money you might save on your water bill will be eaten up and then some by paying the plumber.

Reply to  TheLastDemocrat
June 11, 2018 10:49 pm

I agree on the “brainwashing” they get- but here is what ‘waste’ they are being told about: the human/machine/chemical/processing costs to ‘make’ fresh drinking water is high. One could collect rainwater to flush toilets, do laundry, etc (but is it not safe to drink) potable water DOES cost a lot in the processing for millions of people in large cities, etc. who can’t use ‘non-filter-processed’ options. All water coming from spigots and faucets must be safe and potable… for people and animals. We trust drinking from a garden hose, right? but much water is overused-1 hr. showers, letting the faucet run. The hippie term: “if it’s yellow let it mellow” could save millions of gallons of potable water for every saved flush..but most Westerners are too squeamish.

Peter Plail
June 5, 2018 8:47 am

There is good money in children’s fiction.

Reply to  Peter Plail
June 5, 2018 9:07 am

there’s good money in Mann’s fiction too.

June 5, 2018 9:02 am

Our public schools, and now many, if not most, universities, have become places of indoctrination and propaganda, certainly not education. Converting children’s school books into propaganda tools fits right in with the latest mode of operation for the Left. CAGW is a major piece of the Leftists orthodoxy. It is the environmental equivalent of national health care, social justice, etc. As we have heard from UN leadership CAGW could be the greatest redistribution of wealth and change in the economic system in human history. I learned long ago that many leaders on the Left are very patient in reaching their ultimate goals.

June 5, 2018 9:05 am

This is a real set-up.
Parents trust the schools.
We parents can no longer know what curriculum is being taught – because it is not just in a textbook – it is in an access-controlled, copyrighted textbook, where it is illegal to copy material out of it, and the school’s terms of access do not include broadcasting the materials or posting them on a public site, and which often uses a lesser-known, and often proprietary, reader (analogous to pdf reader or ebook reader)- whereas a physical book could be sitting in a library for simple perusal.

Teachers are eager to be handed curricula, and merely walk their class through pre-planned curricula.

School districts are focused on costs – they are always being pinched, as they are downstream from the political budget-making process of local and state politicians. And, they are too busy to lobby – except when lobbying for their own wages, perks, and retirement plans – that consumes their lobbying resources and energy.

This leaves a set-up where the intelligencia can waltz in and teach anything – as long as it does not raise an eyebrow. And, when it does, the guilty party is never fingered; instead, the teacher blames the principal, the principal blames the school district, and the school district blames the legislators. OR, somewhere along the line, someone just says, “this was just an exercise to get students talking,” and they promise they will never give the assignment again – the Diversity Pledge, the Gaia story where Mother Earth gets hurt and cries, etc.

June 5, 2018 9:22 am

As with tobacco companies, it pays to focus on hooking the young ones.

Man Bearpig
June 5, 2018 11:05 am

Please can you replace ‘training’ with ‘indoctrination of’

Phil Cartier
June 5, 2018 11:29 am

What kids really need, especially young ones, are caring parents. Parents can read them stuff like Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are”, “Good Night Moon”, or Grimm’s Fairytales.

Older kids can do well with real science projects and real science fairs. Duplicating “off the web” presentations on climate change or simplistic sociology questionnaires should be forbidden. Even very basic science, such as how to measure something and calculate the error, or how to figure out where error’s might come from in even simple experiments are highly educational and useful teaching.

Mickey Reno
June 5, 2018 12:38 pm

Very intelligent… brainwash the little kids and send them home to shame their parents! What an excellent political strategy when your science and your politics and your propaganda and polemics have failed to persuade the public.

Just don’t push so hard you have the little kiddies looking around for some equivalent of the 10:10 No Pressure red button with which to murder their parents.

CAGW people, have you never wondered how those very young African men children chose or figured out how to become ISIS or Boko Haram fighters, carrying weapons, using them, ready to slaughter or kidnap and rape school girls? How about the young Chinese teens that happily sent their parents off to be reeducated during the cultural revolution in China, leading to 10s of millions of deaths? Maybe you should think on that for a bit.

Bruce Cobb
June 5, 2018 1:06 pm

Well, at least they are on the right track. “Climate change” is about storytelling, since it is all fiction. And since the propaganda campaign with adults has failed, all they have left are the kiddos.

June 5, 2018 1:36 pm

For Children ==> I recommend Susan Crockford’s Polar Bear Facts & Myths: A science summary for all ages.

M Courtney
June 5, 2018 2:59 pm

Children’s fiction tends to be rebellious.
If the adults are still there pushing their world view there is nothing left for the young hero to do… Dumbledore must die for Harry Potter to become the true Chosen One.

In the real world it is the Greens who are the establishment. They hold the power over the agenda.
So the heroes must rebel against that orthodoxy.

Case in point, Avengers: Infinity War. A commercially successful film where the villain is a highly competent, committed and idealistic Malthusian.

George Daddis
June 5, 2018 3:37 pm

Twenty five years ago (or more) the big medical advance was “evidence based medicine”.

Doctors are seeing the serious effects of global warming on children’s health
and are concerned that it could reverse the progress made over the past 25 years in reducing global child deaths

So where is the evidence for this? There are not more disasters; CO2 itself can’t cause asthma, and most certainly the temperature has not increased any amount that would cause health problems (if it has increased at all).

The article treats mental health as a separate issue, and they may be close to having a point there; constant bombardment of children by activists with doom laden predictions most certainly can cause “….issues such as depression and anxiety….”

John Robertson
June 5, 2018 4:36 pm

Already been done,hasn’t it.
See Tiny Tim and “The Ice Caps are Melting”On Youtube, look at the poor children trapped as his audience, those abused kiddies probably form the core of the adult “Alarmed Ones”.
Now I read that Hoolywood was rewriting “Chicken Little” Only this time C.L is a prophet.
Not a frightened fool.
Everybody gets an award I guess.

June 5, 2018 4:52 pm

Could someone explain to me what “the frequency of extreme weather events […] has become a common occurrence” means? To me (non-native English), this looks so awkward. Frequencies change, increase, decrease, alter, … , but can a frequency become a “common occurrence”?

Reply to  Peter
June 5, 2018 7:00 pm

It is advertising English designed specifically to make you “buy” the “product” – in this case, extreme weather events – which are not actually increasing or decreasing, but pretty much the same from one year to the next.

A good example is Accuweather’s forecasts, which are becoming more and more amateurish because they change the daily temperature projections during the day. They will forecast a heat wave for a certain area, when the temperatures they are projecting are normal, NOT unusual, for that area and time of year, and the projected heat wave will frequently not happen.

Since they’re not really very good at making accurate forecasts, they use advertising language to get your attention, hence ‘frequency of extreme’ will turn out to be ‘normal number of storms’ when you make notes on what happened and compare them to prior years.

It carries over to descriptions of climate stuff that is really weather stuff, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. I think they get some kind of adrenaline jolt out of what they do.

June 5, 2018 6:26 pm

“Children’s Books”, aka childhood indoctrination opportunities, are the same as educating criminals (uneducated as many children) into thinking that are supporting a noble cause that they will feel justified in being violent about. All good things in the eyes of socialist/anarchists.

Patrick MJD
June 5, 2018 6:31 pm

#TantrumAction and #TantrumBook? Yeah that pretty much sums up their approach to science.

June 5, 2018 10:59 pm

I heard a climate change warrior on the radio the other day say that when he asked his sixteen years old daughter if she had a boyfriend she said why bother as climate change will kill us all in the next few years. He just agreed with her. Poor girl.

June 6, 2018 7:37 am

The younger two Gurnsys are in the middle of their school exams in the UK at the moment.
One doing GCSE’s (aged 16) and the other doing ‘A’ levels (aged 18).

I’ve always encouraged them to check out facts for them themselves and listen to both sides of a discussion before forming their own opinions on murky subjects, such as this.

Helping them with revision for their exams over that last few months really brought home how deeply entrenched the AGW doctrine is in the UK education system.

Makes my blood boil.

I shall now make tea and, perhaps, in protest, have a Rich Tea biscuit.

One day, I hope to sit with them, with a bottle of single malt, and say, “Do you remember when the world told us THAT was the truth?”

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