SHAME: @350 is Turning children into climate activists by encouraging school strikes

350.org’s  Bill McKibben supports campaign of school-strikes over climate alarm this Friday 12/14/18

The aberration that is climate alarm had it’s ugliest moment a few years ago, when the ill-fated 10:10 organization made a video that depicted bloody explosive detonations of school children who didn’t want to follow the path of climate brainwashing at schools. It was so horrid, so self-serving and anti-cognizant of free speech, basic human rights, and optics that the video was immediately excoriated, pulled, and the 10:10 climate organization fell into ruins.

What’s going on now isn’t quite that bad, but it is a form of brainwashing, and in my view, socially repugnant. Politicizing children at school is the lowest of the low.

Here is the video that Bill McKibben made in support of the effort:

 

Here is the document summary of the plan put together by Greta Thunberg


School #ClimateStrike 2018 – All You Need To Know

WHAT

Students are walking out of school and going on #ClimateStrike to call on governments to keep warming below the unacceptably dangerous level of 1.5 degrees Celsius and protect our future. See this video from Greta Thunberg, the 15-year old Swedish student who sparked the movement — and then join the strike!

WHY

Heat waves, floods, and hurricanes are killing hundreds and devastating communities across the world. Climate change is already a deadly reality. Governments are meeting for the UN climate talks right now in Poland, and despite the latest stark warning from climate scientists that we have only 12 years to reverse course, politicians are ignoring their call. What use is it learning facts if adults ignore them? That’s why Greta and her fellow students are walking out of school to teach politicians a lesson in leadership. Read more here.

WHEN

Friday, December 14, 2018, during normal school hours, which is the final day of UN climate negotiations

WHERE

Your school, anywhere you feel called.

KEY FACTS — WHY WE #CLIMATESTRIKE

Here are some key facts you can use to talk to your peers about why you’re going on #ClimateStrike:

  • There is no debate among climate scientists that human-generated carbon pollution is the primary reason for global warming.
  • The 6 hottest years on record have all been since 2010.
  • Climate-related disasters like floods, hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts cause hundreds of billions of dollars of damage every year, destroying lives and communities across the world.
  • We have the solutions — renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels across much of the world.
  • Students from Sweden to Australia to Japan have been striking to hold leaders accountable to deliver on the kinds of action needed that will protect the future for everyone.

This effort is repugnant, ridiculous, and wrong-headed.

But then again, we know Bill has in the past supported Klu Klux Klan style intimidation of people in their homes, so it appears he has no moral compass or limits to his activism.

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One day, he’ll go too far in supporting this lunacy, and it will come back to him in a spectacular implosion.

64 thoughts on “SHAME: @350 is Turning children into climate activists by encouraging school strikes

      • Totally wrong, the brainwashed Kids demonstrating in Australia helped to continue to intimidated our conservative government so they are too scared to have the open debate and challenge the CO2 dogma – you can imagine the leftard greenies ridicule so loud that no one listens to the real debate!

    • For those not familiar with the saying, it was said by Foghorn Leghorn and W.C. Fields. The latter is who I had in mind when I quoted it. Unfortunately, I can’t find a video of it, but this one somewhat conveys the same sentiment.

  1. AS disgusting if not more so than the “scientists” who back up this fraud known as AGW. The tide is turning though. The yellow jackets are just the beginning. You can only push people so far with nonsensical stupidity, but when it hits the pocketbooks hard it will come crashing down. Not to mention the continuing lack of accelerating warming and complete lack of verifiable evidence from warmists.

  2. McKibben has perhaps read of the Children’s Crusade, but not of the result. IIRC, the children were sold into slavery.

    • That was the plan hatched with the guys who offered to transport them across the Mediterranean. In the end most died, drowned, went home or wound up dispersed without many managing to become slaves.

      “The remaining ones departed for Germany after the Pontiff exhorted them to be good and to return home to their families. Nicholas did not survive the second attempt across the Alps; back home his father was arrested and hanged under pressure from angry families whose relatives had perished while following the child.[3]”

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Crusade

      Climate modellers should take a lesson from this: the crusade leaders just made stuff up and by the time it didn’t come to pass, most who listened died.

  3. There appears to be a market for video editing workers in either alarmism acting work or science project cheating a la Al Gore Productions. This is where most enviro science majors will end up in makeshift career moves.

  4. This brings up a question. Do enviro science majors have any course requirements in ethics like other majors? Some majors are just too good to be bothered with such requirements.

    • One of my “Environmental Engineering” (30 years ago) was consumed by at least 50% social ethics as it related to engineering.

      Biggest waste of time of any class, followed (preceded) by the prerequisite course.

  5. “we have only 12 years to reverse course”

    “WOLF!!!”
    “WOLF”
    “Wolf”
    “wolf”
    “Look at me”
    “hey …”
    “please …

    WOLF!!!!”

  6. The only way to stop the lunacy of climate alarmism is to excise the politics from climate science. This will only be possible if the developers of CAGW ‘science’ are compelled to defend their many errors and improper assumptions and upon their inevitable failure, make very public apologies for being so wrong. Unfortunately, none of those who would need to apologize are willing to defend their position.

    • What these ‘Kids” don’t realize is that they DO have a certain amount of power they can exert over their boogey man.
      They can research what it takes fossil fuels to produce (Plastic, Nylon, Rayon, Prescriptions, Rubber tires, etc.) and simply elect not to make use of any product requiring the use of fossil fuels to produce or transport.
      No cars for them
      No bicycles for them
      No cell phones for them
      No Nylon Fill Jackets for them
      Few prescriptions for them
      No plastic water bottles or soda bottles
      No plastic or rubber soled shoes

      No one will stop their efforts to destroy the fossil fuel industry by simply NOT utilizing any product or product derivative manufactured by fossil fuels.

      • Ha ha ha ha… OMG. You’re funny. Research and finding an answer to their complaints is for someone else, someone who is responsible for their upset and hurt feelings. Don’t you care? You’re just old and angry, what would you know?

        These kids have no future knowing anything. They’ll be on welfare for the rest of their lives, believing they’re good people, while achieving exactly nothing.

        • Sad but likely true.

          Good teachers/schools teach students how to think. They produce critical thinkers.
          Bad teachers/schools teach students what to think. They produce sheeple.
          Based on the number of sheeple our government schools are producing, it appears that is their main function. And sadly they are doing it very well.

          • How the truth became illegal, school sucks podcast 224, 226, 220, 232. Four part, 12 hours.

            Brett Veinotte is an awesome researcher, presenter, host, etc..
            It covers the history from Rockefeller educational intervention through current media affairs. Quite enlightening.

            https://schoolsucksproject.com/category/podcast/how-the-truth-became-illegal/

            Since mosh called me out as honest liberty I’m posting under my real name. BTW, I hope side of you listen to all four. It explains how we got to this stage, where these tirades are permitted and encouraged.

      • Given the opportunity, what kid would not leave school, especially with their teachers/parents support? This thing could take off and become a giant snowball from Hell.
        Maybe they should just close all schools on Fridays until the stench dissipates…

        • Now there’s an idea…close the schools on Friday’s (as Teacher work days) [although this trends to imply that they don’t work the remaining 4 days] but keep them open year round to make up for the 52 Teacher Work Days

          • I would inform the students that there would be a very important test that day which would amount to 50% of their grade. If they miss the test, they’ll fail the course and will have to repeat in summer school or next year

  7. Bill McKibben teaches at Middlebury College where tuition is $60000+/yr . If I was pissing away that kind of money to listen to Weepy Bill’s drivel, not only would I go on strike, I’d demand a refund.

  8. People such as Bill McKibben can always find ‘reasons’ why for the good of the people claim , should end up with so many of these people dead.
    In an earlier time he would have been a witchfinder.

  9. ‘Shame’ is as a non-issue as ‘hypocrisy’ – you can’t shame the shameless, and a hypocrite, by definition, doesn’t care.

    A bad deal when combined with destructive zealotry.

  10. A sure sign your science is not solid, when you try to find an audience that does not have the mental maturity to evaluate whether they are being sold the scientific equivalent of “meth on the street corner”.
    Children are not allowed to vote, buy alcohol, tobacco, or firearms, drive a car, truck, or join the military. They are not allowed to enter into a binding contract, or have a medical procedure without the consent of a legal guardian. They are given a separate legal status, when charged with a crime, which grants them court leniency based on their limited “cognitive development”, which limits how much “free will” they maintain over their own actions.
    Predatory propaganda exposure to children is despicable behavior, and should be condemned.
    Thank you Anthony, for highlighting the agenda creeping into the public school system. McCreepen is like the guy who only dates divorcees, because he has the hots for her elementary school age kids.

    • ”Predatory propaganda”

      A very good term. He and other creeps who use kids this way are nothing but predators.

  11. Just think, if they stay out of school they will not be subject to the leftist propaganda that is the curriculum in most schools these days. Maybe we should encourage them to strike.

  12. And then they’ll trod back through the snow to return to their well lit and heated classrooms then homes with their modern luxuries and electronic distractions, totally unaware of the irony.

  13. It is worse than you think: Greta has had a history of mental problems and has been striking for some time now having adopted the apocalyptic climate view of Johan Rockström, now director of the Potsdam Institute. She says it is useless to go to school since the world will end in three years. Hence, one church (part of the Church of Sweden to which most Swedes belong) has called her “Christ´s successor” which was much resented by the Church authorities and the more sensible parts of the media..

  14. Ironic that he talks about an “overheating” world while wearing his thick-ass Patagonia fleece indoors.

  15. Purely coincidental, Gretas mother is releasing a book on CAGW here in Sweden.
    Also, pure coincidental, the facebook appearance was coordinated by an upstart PR consultant firm.
    A swedish blogger Henrik Jönsson has a piece on YouTube on child labour, in swedish.
    Poor child.

  16. It isn’t just schools, colleges and unis are steeped in Green Party propaganda too. I maintain a human rights website which is contributed to by local students, http://tibetsupport.org.uk It’s great that students really do care about injustices in the world, but then again some of its contributors are also climate alarmists, and I’m careful not to raise such matters as I know I’ll get a hostile response if I even question the official dogma!!

    This really isn’t a good situation, unis are supposed to be places of learning, not places of indoctrination, and any place where no-one may question what they are told is not, by definition, a place of learning. One student who wants to be a site editor has posted on Facebook that she wants to ban plastic! (I’m not sure how she intends to get onto Facebook once plastic has been banned, mind you, as there would then be no computers.)

    I do have a strict rule of no climate propaganda on the site, of course.

    • Thank-you for (apparently) recognizing that students who have been taken in by CO2 catastrophism can indeed be acting as moral agents when striking. Although I view CAGW as mostly a massive fraud, clearly the propagandizing in the opposite direction has been greatly successful. So, with that in mind, I applaud the students who cared enough about the planets’ future to actually do something about it, even if they’re dupes. We are all morally responsible for what we, ourselves, believe to be true.

      Beside the viewpoint (expressed or implied) of many of the commenters of the students being without agency and morality*, there’s another commonality or two which stands out. The biggest one is honestly pondering the question, “How effective is this as a political strategy”? One of the commenters,ColA, did address this:

      “Totally wrong, the brainwashed Kids demonstrating in Australia helped to continue to intimidated our conservative government so they are too scared to have the open debate and challenge the CO2 dogma – you can imagine the leftard greenies ridicule so loud that no one listens to the real debate!”

      I’m afraid that, as long as climate realists continue to do such a lousy job destroying CO2 catastrophist myths (including reaching out and educating school kids), and as long as it is the CO2 catastrophists that evidence political smarts, they are the ones likely to prevail. Although Trump is not a CO2 catastrophist, he and his Administration have proven complete zeroes on educating the public. This, in spite of the fact that a) it’d be very good politics for him** and b) the increasing recruitment of children to promote CO2 catastrophist policies could lead to a humiliating loss for Trump in 2020. https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald_GoodAndBad/comments/9xuyy7/trump_related_trumps_failure_to_counter_global/ A Democratic Administration will doubtless embrace CO2 catastrophism.

      If I was a CO2 catastrophist, I’d be overjoyed that Trump is so completely useless in destroying my religion. And that Trump’s supporters have proven, collectively, to be no wiser than Trump, in this regard.

      * I’m reminded of the opening paragraph of a brilliant essay by Trifkovic (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/745800/posts):
      “Ideology” is a bad word in the English-speaking world. It evokes Jacobin fanatics, inquisitors, goose-stepping storm troopers, commissars, and cultural revolutionaries. Adherents of an ideology are assumed to be brainwashed, imbued with mind-altering dogmas, and steeped in pseudo-reality—”a system of interested deceit”—so unlike the rest of us pragmatic empiricists who are blessed to rely on our common sense to guide us through the world as it really is. We live culturally, they live in ideology. To paraphrase Sartre, ideology is other people.

      ** to get an idea of how good, good would be for Trump were he to actually set about destroying CO2 catastrophism, consider the results of the Intelligence Squared debate. Quoting my own comment at WUWT https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/02/details-of-the-horrible-carbon-tax-bill/

      “Trump’s shoot-from-the-hip, Bart Simpson-like “I’m no genius” approach to communicating to the public about the issue is seen as particularly idiotic from the results of the excellent intelligence squared debate on the issue. In their format, the poll the audience before and after the debate. After a mere 1 hour and 38 minutes, here are the results:

      pre-debate: for = 29.88% against = 57.32%
      post-debate: for = 46.22% against = 42.22%

      See “IQ2US Debate: Global Warming Is Not A Crisis” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-28qNd6ass&t=198s If you skip ahead to 1:38:26, you will see the results of the debate.

      Unlike Trump’s worse-than-useless advisers (apparently), I would advise Trump to hold such debates right in the White House, say every couple of months. (Topics in this vein could focus on dtata fudging, extreme weather events, omitted variable fraud, the wide spread replication crisis,
      the GCM models versus Nir Shaviv’s analysis, etc.) The CO2 catastrophists are not going to go away, even as their shabby claims are progressively decimated. There is too much money flowing in their direction, plus they have 30 years of brainwashed and falsely propagandized acolytes going for them.

      Thus, by continuing to CREDIBLY hammer on this issue, Trump would continue to profit from the issue. It would be “the gift that keeps on giving”.”

  17. Anthony, this designer brain education is not so recent. The left has been doing this for 2-3 generations. It dates from the final corruption of social sciences when every social ill was the fault of corporations, the “system”. Criminals were victims, etc. etc.

    They are nothing if not patient. Schools began handing out awards for everyone and smart kids were decriminated against. They were given assignments to write up essays on victimhood, etc. Ontario in Canada under lefty gov. banished homework! They want them ignorant and beholden to government and to have a uniform view on all issues.

    I always advise that parents take a hand in their children’s education and encourage independent thinking. Read PC- banned literature to them, among which are many classics, Shakespeare, etc., discuss issues. Give them both sides and then encourage argument. I raised six kids and and took this to heart and I’m pleased with the results (the oldest have just come into their fifties)

  18. The only thing that’s “overheated” is the the Climatist rhetoric of Billy McGibbons and his brethren. The climate is just fine, thank you very much.

  19. This “children’s strike” was held in Australia two weeks ago. It was strange how young school children at various schools around Australia out of nowhere spontaneously decided to “strike” from school and form a number of well organised protest marches in the cities.

    And they carried placards that quoted various UN or Greenpeace/FOE slogans riddled with scientific errors, some clearly written by an adult hand, but made to look like a child wrote it.

    Not one of our esteemed journalists attempted to look at who actually made all the organisational arrangements for the protests; who coordinated the various schools to “strike” on the same day, who booked in the marches with the authorities etc., who wrote the press releases and coordinated the media briefings, how supportive teachers all got a day off on the same day. You get the idea.

    What happened in Australia was a well organised number of rallies across the nation with the shadowy organisers in the background. No surprises there are some well known international activist groups in that list. Just like the plastics campaign, its a global program out of Europe. Whats coming next?

    • No so much well organised rallies that are the problem, it is the well trained media reporting these things as major and significant events.

      Australian Bureau of Statistics lists the 0-14 age group in Australia as about 18% of the total population. Even if you remove the pre-school aged types, add in a few more for 15-17 year olds and half the total for those who lived too far from their nearest green mobilisation station you are still left with a significantly high number. In Melbourne (Australia’s leading dystopian city) alone my back of envelope calcs came up with a figure of about 200,000 school kiddies that could/should have been attending their local rally.

      Anyone trying to claim there were that many school kids in attendance?

      The School Strike is a farce and a failure and the only good thing to take out of it is that the standard of education is so low at the moment that spending a day away from their Marxist teachers probably did the kids a world of good.

  20. “Heat waves, floods, and hurricanes are killing hundreds…”

    What? Not even hundreds of millions?

  21. Why don’t school children hold a protest to demand the governments of the world just move the Earth a little farther away from the sun? Or maybe demand that we make the Earth turn faster so that there are 8 days in a week? Why not demand that the governments invent pocket sized fusion reactors that run on sarcasm? Just think of what you can do by not going to school!

  22. Last week here in N/E Australia we had raging bushfires. Today we have drenching rain.

    This normal weather for us at this time of the year. But no doubt the Green blob will write it up as ” Extreme weather”.

    Don’t blame the kids, it has to be the teachers, so perhaps they need to re- test the teachers as too their ability to be able to teach.

    But who would do the testing, guess what, Teachers.

    MJE

  23. Based on the size of flames and smoke generated, I’d guess those torches in the protest picture were burning diesel fuel.

  24. In regards to the ‘No Pressure’ exploding children video I have always been under the impression that Richard Curtis knew EXACTLY what he was doing. He regarded the entire thing as a bit of a joke and trolled his Green Masters by seeing how far he could push the boundary.

    Unfortunately, since most Lefts lack self awareness, they saw the proposal for exploding kiddlings and decided that was EXACTLY the message they wanted to put out and Curtis, bravely keeping a straight face, ran with it.

    Curtis has done comedy for decades. Are people suggesting he didn’t know how to parody?

  25. “We have the solutions — renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels across much of the world.”

    Actually we don’t have solutions to global warming. The last 30 years of investing trillions in green energy has had zero effect on the climate. Keeping on doing the same thing and expecting a different result is a sign of madness.
    If spent properly, that money could have alleviated many of the worlds problems.

    Also, getting children to fight the green battle is a form of child abuse. The perpetrators should be prosecuted and sent to jail.

  26. As others have noted above.
    There is a sad note of pathetic loser to these molesters of children’s minds.

    Politely they have acknowledged that they cannot convince the average adult,of the validity of their cause.
    Hence their fading from the public stage.
    Their attempts to use children to influence those children’s parents,is an open admission of their inadequacy as adult citizens.

    As recent history has shown,using children as your soldiers is beneath contempt.

  27. Q. When did it become okay for leftists to indoctrinate children?
    A. When they figured out they could.

    Kids if you’re going to go on strike by leaving school, then do it because you’re being taught what to think rather than how to think; not to simply parrot old tired worn out talking points conveyed by old tired worn out activists.

    • Kids: It’s not cool to toe the party line. Youngsters are supposed to be rebels!

      Start being a rebel by reading WUWT daily, and by rebelling against the liberal activist brainwashing you are getting in school.

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