Claim: Making Fun of Climate Doomsday Helps Reach More People

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Humans being tortured by a humorous poetry reading from a nasty green alien. Source: Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (video clip here).

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to The Conversation, injecting humour into climate messages of impending death and destruction helps bypass people’s political filters.

A little humour may help with climate change gloom

November 11, 2019 12.06am AEDT
Lakshmi Magon, Dalla Lana Global Journalism Fellow, Science Communicator, University of Toronto

This year, three studies showed that humour is useful for engaging the public about climate change. The studies, published in The Journal of Science CommunicationComedy Studies and  Science Communication, added to the growing wave of scientists, entertainers and politicians who agree.

In March 2017, the American Psychological Association published a reportdefining ecoanxiety as “chronic fear of environmental doom.” The report referred to literature that described an increase in depression and anxiety caused by peoples’ “inability to feel like they are making a difference in stopping climate change.”

With psychological stakes this high, humour may seem inappropriate. But Phil McCordic — a Canadian actor, writer and producer of children’s programming and the host of TVOntario’s Science Max educational series — thinks it could be a way to access “the attention of a lot of people you wouldn’t have otherwise.

“Humour is so useful for children’s programming because it grabs attention,” says McCordic, who adds he believes this can be applied to adults too. 

“Climate-change humour stops people from worrying about their politics and lets them take in the information …. Scientists don’t always understand their audience. Getting someone to laugh is half of the work of getting them to understand.”

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I thought about trying out a few climate jokes, but trying to make fun of this latest climate communication effort seems a bit redundant.

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November 11, 2019 11:00 pm

Climate alarmists have a keener sense of humor than us skeptics.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean for a moment to accuse our opponents of the ability to tell a proper joke if their lives depended on it. (“Or should I say, if the planet depended on it, no pun intended!! [PAUSE FOR LAUGHTER]”)

A couple of ripped-off Onion headlines aside, notice how that entire Conversation post manages to avoid giving a single example of an alleged joke or other act of wit in the climate-change space?

Probably for the best, really.

I think it was Christopher Hitchens who observed a certain double standard in self-descriptions on dating websites. (Or was it me?) A man who has a “sense of humor” is warranting that he knows how to tell jokes, whereas if a woman makes the identical claim she means “I’ll laugh at them.”

So when I point out that alarmists have a better sense of humor than us, I’m using that concept in its feminine sense.

If you think skeptics are good at telling jokes from non-jokes, read this thread and think no more.

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 12:36 am

Sprayed coffee all over my keyboard. You owe me Mr Keyes. (re climate Nuremburg 2014)

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 1:15 am

KAT, I apologize but I also thank you for providing the perfect segue into this comment.

In the last comment, we saw that when you tell a joke

1. most skeptics can’t tell
2. the other side can always tell
3. …but they can’t tell one back at ya for a million bucks. And given the lengths they’ll go to for money, that’s saying a lot.

Well, we didn’t really see points two and three.

I just asserted them, and you uncritically (and rightly) believed me.

By way of illustrating point 3, and compensating Kat for her lost beverage, I now present what @NaomiOreskes once described as the funniest [orthodox / alarmist / establishment] climate-change video ever. The disturbing thing is, she may be right.

I’m not saying this clip is unfunny, but it HAS been shown to cause coffee to rise up from a keyboard and re-enter the viewer’s nasopharynx.

[Work in a funeral home or mortuary? Don’t worry, this is completely SFW.]

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 4:27 am

If you slap it, it will slapstick you back.

George H Steele
Reply to  icisil
November 12, 2019 4:39 am

Mother Nature’s Commandment
MY way. Get my Laws wrong and I’ll slap you down.

Malcolm Chapman
Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 5:39 am

Brad Keyes – you are a master of satire; I think that I would have been fooled by your 2014 contribution, as so many were.

But I’m worried about ‘Pope Francis: the Encyclical’. I have watched it. If Naomi Oreskes did describe it as the funniest climate-change video ever, that must mean that she thought it was on her side. And if coffee rises up from the keyboard and re-enters the viewer’s nasopharynx, then that means that it was unfunny. Or not. So, who made the video? I am embarrassed to find myself naive on this one, but really, it is a satire, isn’t it? I have googled it, and found only an abundance of joy in God’s creation as possible sub-text.

Reply to  Malcolm Chapman
November 12, 2019 6:37 am


“But I’m worried about ‘Pope Francis: the Encyclical’.”


” If Naomi Oreskes did describe it as the funniest climate-change video ever, that must mean that she thought it was on her side.”

Correct. (The fact that it’s literally humorless is another clue.)

“And if coffee rises up from the keyboard and re-enters the viewer’s nasopharynx, then that means that it was unfunny. ”

You watched it. You don’t need me to tell you this, but yes, it was so non-comedogenic the Therapeutic Goods Administration last week approved it as a last-line weapon in the treatment of refractory acne.

“So, who made the video?”

Some Brazilian eco-wibbling collective.

“I am embarrassed to find myself naive on this one, but really, it is a satire, isn’t it?”

It’s a self-satire by people unwilling to actually satirize themselves. That’s why it’s so toothless you can’t even tell who or what the target is: it has none.

If it were an animal it would be a geriatric dog gumming its own leg.

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 8:56 am

Brad Keyes
You have definitely brightened up my morning, as well as Kat’s. (My coffee only made it as far as my lap, though.) I look forward to hearing more from you!

Reply to  Malcolm Chapman
November 12, 2019 1:02 pm

Hang on Malcolm, I just saw this outrageous accusation:

“Brad Keyes – you are a master of satire;”

Pshaw! *humble humble* No, thank you but I owe it all to far better comedians than myself—geniuses like the diarists of Daily Kos, who took time out of their standing-room-only world tour to give yours truly a desperately-needed masterclass in writing good funniness.

I am but a pygmy on the shoulders of giants.

John Bell
Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 5:42 am

YES!! THAT IS GREAT!! FUNNY!! well done

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 8:55 am

Brad, here’s the problem. Joke–

Q: How many alarmists does it take to share a joke?

A: Seven. One to tell the joke and six to say, “I don’t see what’s funny about that.”

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 2:13 am


I’ve now located, in the turgid depths of one of the papers linked to from The Conversation [Boykoff, Osnes], some specific clues as to what these people had in mind, exactly, when first they spliced the words “climate,” “change” and “humor” together, in that order, into a single chimerical, teratomatous phrase.

The ‘Stand Up for Climate Change’ video competitions were held in 2016, 2017 and 2018. [….]

For examples, Jeremy Hoffman from Oregon State University in the United States won third prize in the 2016 contest with a piece called ‘The Sound of Skeptics’. This was a satirical parody to the tune of Solomon et al., 2007 classic ‘The Sound of Silence’. Hoffman described his motivation behind the composition as a creative way to approach “the struggle of the climate science community in dealing with the increasingly loud but remarkably small population of ‘climate change skeptics’ that willingly deny the impacts of anthropogenic CO2 emissions on global climate change”. In addition to the use of music as a mode, he and his musical partner donned wigs to humorously resemble the original artists of the song.

[You know it was hilarious if the performers made a justificatory statement.]

In 2017, the composition ‘The Summit’ by Giovanni Fusetti and Tejopala Rawls from Australia won first prize. This was a piece where nine performers dressed in formal suits acted as delegates to ‘this country’ and ‘that country’ in ongoing international climate negotiations. They satirically debate about terminology and action at the ocean’s edge while the waters rise around them. While arguing about ‘multilateral’ and ‘bilateral’, and ‘committee’ and ‘sub-committee’, they eventually are silenced by the enveloping waters just as ‘the chairman’ calls for a vote. The final text reads, “It doesn’t have to go like this … it is time for action”.

In 2018, Madeleine Finlay and Sarah Barfield Marks from the United Kingdom won first prize with their creative take on ‘Peer Review’ where they pointed out the contrasts and confusion between relevant expert reviews and the court of public opinion.

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 3:21 am

The Summit seems to satirise decision-makers rather than sceptics. ‘Decision-makers’ are always fair game!

Reply to  Susan
November 12, 2019 3:57 am


that’s an excellent point. Not that The Summit sounds remotely funny, but presumably the losing entries were even worse. Your observation reminds me of a fairly good climate-related joke by the bien pensant Jon Leibowitz/Stewart, who’s name-dropped approvingly by The Conversation.

Ten years ago, in the wake of The Miracle of the Illegally Stolen Private Work Emails, Stewart said something like:

“Al Gore must be furious [at the damage done to the climate cause]… undone by the very Internet he invented.”

Note that, while Stewart is on Their Side, his joke isn’t.

Which is probably why it doesn’t suck.

mike the morlock
Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 2:31 am

Brad Keyes November 11, 2019 at 11:00 pm
Good to see you here again. And yes the first time I was subjected to your wit I was led by the nose.
My only solace is that you probably have annoyed the other firm far more then you have me.
As for humor, the warmists would need to employ some form of gallows humor. Oh that’s right they tried that


Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 3:35 am

Oh, now it’s just getting sad.

Not a dry eye was left in the house after these two lines in Boykoff & Osnes ….

“The student audience was nearly completely comprised [sic] of friends of the performers[, ] resulting in an exuberantly supportive and enthusiastic audience. The crowd generously laughed as much for an actor who forgot her lines as they did for one who landed a joke.

She must have forgotten some damn funny lines.

The Conversation’s headline is a masterpiece of understated overstatement:

A little humour may help with climate change gloom

Maybe don’t use so little next time, guys?

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 4:16 am


Why are all the humorous videos, poems, speeches made by skeptics? Where the alarmists make horrendous films like 10:10.

Not to overlook many skeptics noting that alarmists have short fuses and can’t abide humor.

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 12:13 pm

Well, I might agree w/Brad Keyes. I mean, what could be funnier than someone screaming that we’re all going to drown from the sea that’s rising a millimeter a year?

Reply to  beng135
November 12, 2019 2:14 pm

Rising sea levels are funny??

Tell that to the “the citizens of these Pacific nations” who “have all had to evacuate to New Zealand” [Gore, Albert: An Inconvenient Truth (scene 20)]!

Oh that’s right, you CAN’T, can you? Because they’re made up and don’t even exist.


Continuing to act as if such nations were ever real is, frankly, denihilism and just disqualifies you from grownup discourse, beng135, if that really *is* your legal name.

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 13, 2019 5:51 am

And if the islands get too crowded, they could tip over!

ht/ Hank Johnson (House D-GA)

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 4:07 pm

There was one outstanding point to make, and ATheoK below has made it for me:

Not to overlook […] that alarmists have short fuses and can’t abide humor.

(This is bullet #2 in my system: Alarmists are hypersensitive to humor.)

The conventional wisdom about climate believalists not having a sense of humor is about as plausible sense as saying that migraineurs don’t have a sense of sound or light; or that antelopes don’t have a sense of lions; or that dictators don’t have a sense of paranoia.

Of course they do. They have to, because humor poses a direct inguinal threat to them. It is the living, feline death that crouches in the long grass of the Serengeti Strategy.

To repeat: I’m not suggesting they could actually crack a joke about climate change if they wanted to (and they’d never want to). They lack, absolutely, the power of humor.

But what that do have is an almost preter-natural, certainly preter-skeptical, practically peter-parkeral radar for acts of wit committed within a five-block radius. Unlike the real Spider-Man—who uses his sixth sense to suss out criminals and fight them—believalists run at Mach 2 in the opposite direction, using their superpower for cowardice, not good.

Climate dysangelists abhor humor for the same reason Stalinists like Stalin had all the pigeons in Moscow shot for murmuring about a “coup”: they know that if the end comes for their movement it will come not with a bang but a laugh. They’ve read their Alinsky—they know the Deride and Conquer doctrine is out there, clandestinely plotting their Untergang.

It may surprise you, as it did me, that my satirical homages to alarmism almost never fool the alarmists themselves.

At the cliscep dot com blog, for example, I’ve written many a Poe-faced parody. But from time to time I also post po-faced commentary, with tongue out of cheek.* And here’s the thing: the local believalist troletariat (Ken Rice, Raff Baker of the Yard et hoc genus omne) almost always avoid the funny posts like the plague,** confining their commentary to the more literal articles.

Meanwhile, the non-gullibilist half of the population struggles to even tell the difference.

So what’s going on? How do we explain the paradox that the very population incapable of producing humor excels at the detection of humor, and vice versa?


*I initially had ’serious commentary’ here in contrast to ‘parody,’ but I dislike the implication that humor is somehow a less serious genre. On the contrary, a gag can be a divine opus and a better teacher of the truth than most graphs.

** And no, at CliScep we don’t have a policy of labeling, flagging or otherwise stigmatizing our satirical pieces as such. With no ingratitude intended for the advice offered by skeptics like Anthony—who argue that we should use satire warnings so as not to confuse Americans—we’ve decided, following a heated board meeting, to err on the side of confusing Americans.

So the only way alarmists could possibly know that they’re reading a parodic post, I’m afraid, is to read it, then notify the Brad Keyes list at Planet 3.0 so that nobody else need make the mistake of reading it.

@TIME seems either your reporters or @BradPKeyes is making up quotes by me please investigate & will talk to @ucl legal team on Monday— Mark Maslin (@ProfMarkMaslin) May 20, 2017

Fig. 1: The believalist Mark Maslin, proving that the exception proves the rule, fails to tell recognize a joke. Which goes to prove that exceptions prove nothing, because Maslin is an outlier at the far left of the intellectual bell curve. Most of his coreligionists aren’t so hebephrenic.

November 11, 2019 11:40 pm

Ahh, The “Pun Convention” where you had to get the audience to laugh. No pun in ten did.

November 12, 2019 12:02 am

Speaking of Hitchens …..

How far the termites have spread and how long and how well they have dined on bad statistics.
and given their taste for bad statistics, is it really necessary to add more humor?

Joel O'Bryan
November 12, 2019 12:06 am

The Climate Doomster Clown Car has infinite capacity for stupid. Hop on-board folks.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

November 12, 2019 12:17 am

The climate farce is already a clown show, with some great protagonists (the jesters are listed in order of appearance) :

Obama : “The science is settled !”
AOC : “The World will end in 12 years !”
Prince Charles : “The World will end in 18 months !”
Saint Greta : “I want you to panic !”

Reply to  Petit_Barde
November 12, 2019 1:42 am

Yep. Let’s put in some ’10 : 10 No Pressure’ humor.

November 12, 2019 12:22 am

All humans should go bald for the good of the planet. No plastic combs and hair clips to end up in the ocean, no dyes and shampoo that ends up in the water table and no hair dryers which saves on electricity.

So all you people with hair … HOW DARE YOU.

Reply to  LdB
November 12, 2019 12:51 am

Since most clothing is based on evil fossil fuels, shouldn’t we also be completed naked?

On second thoughts, there are too many people I would prefer not to see naked – not naming names.

John Endicott
Reply to  Redge
November 12, 2019 8:10 am

Indeed. How about a compromise, the good looking and fit people go naked, the rest put on as many clothes as possible to cover up their not-good looking and unfit bodies.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  LdB
November 12, 2019 6:41 am

Hmmm, I seem to have pretty much done my part without intending to. Can I get a subsidy to make sure my hair doesn’t come back?

Mike Bryant
November 12, 2019 1:21 am

I think the divide in this country isn’t left/right anymore. It’s authoritarian/freedom. Having said that… good luck getting any authorization/leftist to tell or even to laugh at a joke. They definitely can’t meme.

Leo Smith
November 12, 2019 1:35 am

Since most clothing is based on evil fossil fuels, shouldn’t we also be completely naked?

Speak for yourself.

I wear cotton, wool and linen.

No nylon knickers on my….bedpost.

Reply to  Leo Smith
November 12, 2019 2:15 am

“No nylon knickers on my….bedpost.”
Leo, I can give you a few phone numbers ….. (:-))

son of mulder
Reply to  Leo Smith
November 12, 2019 2:24 am

It would be self defeating, we’d have to turn the heating up. Whoops, please excuse me but I do hope nobody would interpret my comment as a joke. As a sceptic I have no sense of humour but for some reason have always considered Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate change to be a massive joke.

Ron Long
November 12, 2019 1:54 am

Depression and anxiety over “chronic fear of environmental doom”? Here’s an idea, how about treating the anxiety and depression instead of legitimizing it? Actually, I don’t think you can reach out to people like this, if you could they would find another issue to focus on.

Moderately Cross of East Anglia
November 12, 2019 2:01 am

Perhaps I’m missing something but I thought the whole AGW gaffe WAS the joke (albeit an expensive one) – you mean someone is taking this garbage seriously, surely not?

Ed Zuiderwijk
November 12, 2019 2:02 am

There’s also great potential in making fun OF climate doomsday messages.

David Chappell
November 12, 2019 2:31 am

“Lakshmi worked as a freelance science communicator for many entities within the U.K., before a stint working on communication and educational material for a communications department in The Netherlands. This allowed her to work with The European Space Agency, The German Aerospace Centre and Copernicus ECMWF among others. After working in science communication in Edinburgh and The Netherlands, she became a fellow in global journalism at The University of Toronto.”
2019 The University of Edinburgh, Bachelor of Biological Sciences (Biotechnology) with Honours.

My hasn’t she been a busy girl fitting so much in since graduating, presumably in June this year.

Bruce Cobb
November 12, 2019 3:35 am

Yes. If only the Nazis had used humor, they could have reached more people. It’s genius.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
November 12, 2019 4:02 am

Humor is inherently subversive. So the 3rd Reich couldn’t have used it any more than the climate movement can.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 6:44 am

“It’s springtime,…”

Right-Handed Shark
November 12, 2019 4:22 am

Mickey Mann. It’s the way he tells ’em.

Bruce Cobb
November 12, 2019 5:14 am

I actually feel sorry for Alarmists and their need for science communicators needing to communicate the science. If only they had some sort of worldwide communications system, both in print and online to broadcast climate change, people would wake up, and exclaim “wow, I didn’t know that!” They would then know that we are all on this life raft called Earth together, and that we all need to pull together in order to save it, and ourselves. In fact, “Earth Together™” would be a great name for a new, worldwide mass protest/rebellion, but I digest.
People need to hear about climate change daily, from when they wake up to when they go to bed. The scale of this communication needs to match the urgency. Indeed, every single person on this planet must ask themselves, “have you communicated climate change today”?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
November 12, 2019 5:44 pm

“I actually feel sorry for Alarmists and their need for science communicators needing to communicate the science.”

These alarmists are just trying to fine-tune their climate change propaganda. They are sure there is a secret formula out there that can turn skeptics into believers, if they can just find it. Kind of like human-caused climate change: They are sure it exists, if they can just find it..

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 13, 2019 5:50 am

The secret formula, btw, is: Evidence.

Evidence will change a skeptic into a believer.

Evidence will show human-caused climate change is real.

Unfortunately for the alarmists, they don’t have this evidence, so their efforts to turn skeptics into believers falls flat. It’s as simple as that, but alarmists, who believe the science is settled, can’t see it. They never question whether the science is actually settled or not. They assume it is and can’t understand why others do not.

Carl Friis-Hansen
November 12, 2019 5:29 am

It is sometimes difficult to turn the Climate Change into joking points, remember:

Interview Med Yuri Bezmenov (KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov’s warning to America) 13min
The interview was recorded 1983 but describes the world 35 years later, like “1984” written 35 years earlier and describing the world of 1984+35.

November 12, 2019 5:43 am

on a good day…
I do manage to laugh loudly at some poor dweeb yelling about the end of the world

classic today is a Nimbin (Id have to guess older hippy/) yelling Gretas words at one of our pollies there to look at fire damages etc
shes screaming your house isnt burning
mine is
how dare you

I laughed
because i will bet her home isnt(yet anyway)
and its surrounded by scrub right to the porches etc
and backs onto a bloody firehazard National park badly maintained and full of pest species( ie possums/roos as well as cats etc)

and yes i DO think our overly prevalent native fauna can be pests

November 12, 2019 6:06 am

There’s such potential for a Climate Patch Kids doll collection to teach kids about Climate Change, consisting of Climate pAction (pronounced “pee action”) characters with Real Climate Solutions™ (based on the popular Betsy Wetsy “drink-and-wet” concept – A bottle of Klimate Koolaid™ would be included with all dolls.

A few dolls in this collection:

* Greta Wetta who pees all over you (Real Climate Solutions™) when fed a bottle of Klimate Koolaid™ and says, “I want you to feel my fear”.

* Effin Dumdork, who fills a toy bathtub with Real Climate Solutions™ to teach about rising sea level. (inspired by this photograph –comment image).

* Mickey Mannchild, who sits in an office adorned with a Penn State flag and whacks you with a hockey stick when you say, “Show me your data”. Rotate the office 180 and it becomes a holding cell labeled State Pen. Included is an orange jumpsuit which Mickey wets with Real Climate Solutions™ when he sees his cell mate Bubba (also included).

But there’s more! The adult line of Climate pAction dolls!

Headlining this collection is Katy Hey Hoe!, madam of the Best Little Climate Science Whorehouse in Texas, where climate science girls encourage Oil Patch Kids to repent of their climate sins when they come in for servicing. Feed Katy a bottle of Klimate Koolaid™ and she gives you a golden shower (Real Climate Solutions™)!

Reply to  icisil
November 12, 2019 7:10 am

+ 1

Remember the Garbage Pail Kids collector cards?

Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 12, 2019 8:12 am

Actually, no. I was bouncing off the Cabbage Patch Kids.

Highlight ‘Garbage Pail Kids’, right-click and select Search…

LOL… shades of Mad Magazine.

Jonathan Ranes
Reply to  icisil
November 12, 2019 8:31 am


Reply to  icisil
November 13, 2019 8:55 am

Chatty Cathy, meet Grating Greta.

William Astley
November 12, 2019 7:23 am

The cult of CAGW are a cult of angry people. Angry lost people are not humous.

What humor requires to be created: Is honesty, a little revelation, into a problem.

What makes ‘humor’, humorous as opposed to the cult of CAGW evil chortle (think of an evil scientist, say Mann laughing about the hockey stick graph), is the warmth and the search for truth.

Humorous is when the ‘joke’ changes our mind with a little revelation. We feel good as our mind is open up. The ‘Humorist’ is on the side of good and change.
i.e. No agenda.

The cult of CAGW give us Kafka humor.

The problem which they created does not exists. Less than 5% of the recent rise in atmospheric CO2 is due to anthropogenic emissions.

The solution that they created to solve their non-existing problem, forced installation of sun and wind gathering does not work.

Reply to  William Astley
November 12, 2019 7:47 am


Beautifully put. Humor is disruptive, plastic and new, by definition.

It was inevitable that adherents of a ‘settled science’ would have an anaphylactic aversion to wit—after all, what good can possibly come of tricking the mind into seeing things a different way, when they already see everything the correct way? What good can possibly come of “a litte revelation” as you put it, when all has already been Revealed?

Climate science, as opposed to real sciences, prides itself on not changing.

Are you familiar with Norman Doidge’s books about neuroplasticity? In the History of the Climate Debate we read,

In the Literature: The Brain That Changes Itself published, deplored

Legitimate scientists condemn the neurology bestseller by Norman Doidge, MD as “empowering” and “chang[ing] the way we think about the way we think.”

Vocal critic Naomi Oreskes warns that most people’s brains aren’t qualified to change themselves, adding, “I’m a legitimate scholar and I still get my brain changed by professionals.”

Chris Mooney, who says he gave up at the title, pans the book as “lazy.”

Mooney, the man-child behind such science-communication hits as The Wrong Right: What Science Says About the Science of Why They Don’t Believe in Science, points out that credible authors always use subtitles, allowing them to convey the nuances, complexities and qualifications they can’t fit in the main title.

Andy Pattullo
November 12, 2019 7:25 am

I thought they were doing humor from the very start. May be they just didn’t know.

John Endicott
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
November 12, 2019 8:14 am

They don’t seem to realize the joke is on them (or it is them, or both).

November 12, 2019 7:55 am

Listening to those noisome global warming protagonists is about as amusing as a roll in the mud and a kick in the head with an iron boot.

November 12, 2019 8:31 am

Climate alarm is a joke, as is.

Why try to force any deep academic perspective related to humor out of it? It’s already as funny and as serious as it can get at the same time. This dichotomy makes it one of humankind’s most remarkable cultural achievements (failures?)

November 12, 2019 8:46 am

Jokes and humor are NOT what is really needed. The Climate Alarm has to be the butt of hilarious but correct ridicule. Nothing can withstand justified mockery which makes people laugh. When a crowd (internet audience) has been shown the sheer idiocy of any position, it is very difficult for its adherents to stand up and be the direct target of that ridicule and whatever else might follow. George Carlin did this masterfully in his comedy routine about Creationism and Evolution.
I wish I were funny. I wish Douglas Adams was still with us – of course he was a bit of an eco-zealot, so maybe he would ally himself with the establishment. This topic is just ripe for a good comedian to get rich off it because, when exposed it is truly laughable.

Reply to  Thomas D Gillespie
November 12, 2019 12:35 pm

Deride and Conquer.

November 12, 2019 8:47 am

George Carlin has a funny bit where he asks “so you think you’re saving the planet? The planet has been here 4 billion years …’

Clyde Spencer
November 12, 2019 9:31 am

I think that David Middleton should take this advice to heart and start writing humorous contributions!

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
November 12, 2019 8:34 pm

Hi Clyde,

I certainly appreciate Brad’s contributions and having a twisted sense of humour (Aussie) it was always obvious to me that he was cutting with his satirical meanderings. Having said that I’m a big fan of David and his special ability: “Sarcasm is a literary and rhetorical device that is meant to mock, often with satirical or ironic remarks, with a purpose to amuse and hurt someone, or some section of society, simultaneously”. The quality of well used sarcasm is that the recipient often hasn’t a clue they are being derided.



Phil Salmon
November 12, 2019 11:30 am

Here’s a new wannabe David Viner, predicting the end of Arctic ice BU 2030. This should be saved for future reference:

November 12, 2019 2:10 pm

Ancient Hopi Wisdom Drums In on Climate Change, Global Warming

Steve Z
November 12, 2019 2:18 pm

Former Vice President Dick Cheney once remarked “In Wyoming, the climate has warmed by 50 degrees in the last three months. It’s called spring.”

November 12, 2019 4:01 pm
November 12, 2019 5:21 pm

I’ve been making fun of the people who are predicting climate doomsday.
Is that close enough?

Craig from Oz
November 12, 2019 5:55 pm

Sorry Eric, but your lead picture is captioned wrong.

Arthur is a human.

Ford is from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse and not from Guildford after all.

Tom Abbott
November 12, 2019 5:59 pm

This article about climate change humor made me laugh out loud several times:

From the article:

“This year, three studies showed that humour is useful for engaging the public about climate change. . .”

“In March 2017, the American Psychological Association published a report defining ecoanxiety as “chronic fear of environmental doom. . .”

“Humour is so useful for children’s programming because it grabs attention,” says McCordic, who adds he believes this can be applied to adults too.”

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Instead of engaging the public with humor, how about engaging the public with evidence demonstrating that humans are affecting the Earth’s weather.

It’s no wonder people are suffering from “chronic fear of environmental doom”, the alarmists have been banging that drum for a long time, and weak-minded people are vulnerable to that kind of relentless pychological manipulation. Shame on those alamist liars.

They are programming children and now they want to program the adults, if they can just figure out how to do that.

All in all, it’s more sad than funny. Especially sad for the poor people who think they are doomed. The alarmist liars have lied to them and they believe the lie, and they suffer. The Liars hope the suffering of the unwashed will result in the Liars getting what they want.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 12, 2019 9:03 pm

The adults have programmed the kids to program the adults.

Someone like Greta Thunberg is raised on lies from childhood, believes the lies and regurgitates them with a sincerity the liars themselves can’t begin to feign. She thereby “launders” the lies of the lying liars,, doing their’ work for them without ever lying.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
November 12, 2019 9:34 pm

Did you spot this beauty in The Conversation article:

The usefulness of climate-change humour in the political sphere is also raised by Tim Grant, who was the Green Party candidate for the Toronto riding of University-Rosedale in the Oct. 21 federal election. Grant is also the co-editor of the environmental education magazine Green Teacher, which is described on its website as “dedicated to helping educators, both inside and outside of schools, promote environmental awareness among young people aged 6-19.”

Grant says those under the age of 16 are “developmentally unready to deal with the climate crisis.” He says when they find out about climate change, they “feel hopeless” and this discourages them from taking part in the political process when they reach voting age as their anxiety and sense of helplessness persists.

I wonder what orifice he pulled that magic number, sixteen, out of.

Far be it from me to question the science of pediatric psychology—not when it’s imparted ex posteriori by a magazine editor and failed Green Party candidate—but a more cynical person might almost wonder if Grant was going out of his way to avoid blaspheming the cult of Greta of Thunberg, the Swedish mystic who turned 16 this year.

Calvin Rubisco
November 12, 2019 5:59 pm

Two cannibals were eating Naomi Oreskes, when one turned to the other and asked, “Does this taste funny to you?”

Patrick MJD
November 12, 2019 9:31 pm

Maybe they can listen to Bono?

“The way we live in one place, affects life in every other place,’’ Bono said. “None of us is really an island.

“From rising sea levels in one country to catastrophic fires in yours, big crisis, global crisis but we can put out these fires if we act together as one.’’

If CO2 is causing these events Bono how about you reduce your massive carbon footprint?

James Bull
November 14, 2019 2:42 am

A year or so ago when Matt Pritchett celebrated 25 years with the Telegraph here in the UK various of the subjects of his cartoons were asked to comment on them with all saying even if they were not overly flattering they liked his cartoons apart from Jeremy Corbyn who’s “aid” said that he didn’t find them funny and didn’t really look at them (sour grapes if you ask me).
I have found pocking fun at the outrageous claims of the climate faithful showing how ridiculous they are has more effect than trying to quote facts which go against their “beliefs”.

James Bull

Johann Wundersamer
November 22, 2019 6:30 am
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