Tribulations of a Climate Activist: Farhana Yamin in Search and Dissent

From MasterResource

By Robert Bradley Jr. — April 8, 2022

Ed. Note: MasterResource has profiled the personal stories of defeated or disillusioned activists as climatism flounders 34 years after James Hansen’s testimony in 1988. From disengagement to social withdrawal to raw anger to even suicide, the true believers are in turmoil, while the climate industrial complex reaps the money, power, prestige, and confabs that come with ‘being green.’

“If you are honest and practical, the theory and data are out there to challenge your beliefs and even change your mind–and your life. You do not need to fight depression or withdraw. There is life and optimism in climate- and energy-realism.”

The title of the NYT article is: A Climate Warrior’s Journey From Summit Talks to Street Protests (New York Times: March 29, 2022). It is the story of the despair and resurrection (temporary?) of a climate activist. As such, it is a window to the world on the futile fight against carbon dioxide and energy density.

Not only is there an open-ended tripartite fossil fuel boom several decades after climate alarmism was birthed (in 1988), there also is a growing residue of planetary waste and destruction from industrial wind turbines, solar slabs, and batteries packs galore. Real environmentalism, anyone?

There is greenwashing and corporate cronyism run amok–just what could be expected from trying to artificially manage a market of inferior energy choices (the politically correct being economically incorrect).

After a high-profile career as an international lawyer and negotiator, Farhana Yamin decided “we cannot rely on lawyers and diplomats alone.” Her story as recounted by the Times is reproduced with my comments in green (yes, green as in energy density).


It took 20 minutes for police officers to unglue Farhana Yamin from Shell’s offices in London. It was April 2019 and Ms. Yamin was one of many protesters from the global environmental movement Extinction Rebellion occupying the streets of central London and calling on the British authorities to take climate action.

Comment: Gluing herself to an office building? We are dealing with an unstable person who will not reconsider climate alarmism and the perils from inferior energies.

But unlike other protesters, some of whom had always been anti-establishment, Ms. Yamin had spent most of her life not only believing in the system but working at its top levels. “My life and my work is a dance between an insider and an outsider,” she said.

Comment: The nutty outsider was a nutty insider. A smart, professional nutty person.

Her experience as an insider goes back more than 30 years. Ms. Yamin, 57, is an internationally recognized environmental lawyer and a respected adviser to developing countries and small island nations like the Marshall Islands, working on their behalf at the international level.

Comment: Many years on a false cause dulls the intelligence and revs up the emotions. She did not choose well at the beginning, a methodological flaw.

She is also a leading author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was a key architect of the Paris climate agreement. Ms. Yamin is widely seen as responsible for securing, through behind-the-scenes diplomacy, a central element of the pact: The goal of net-zero emissions by midcentury.

Comment: The heralded IPCC? She discredits what is widely recognized as a political, special-interest, religious group with some good science buried deep in the physical science report.

After the agreement, though, as Donald J. Trump rose to power in the United States and other countries continually delayed strong action on climate change, she said her faith in institutions began to crumble. “I was naïve about what we could achieve,” Ms. Yasmin said of her intellectual journey. “I’ve learned we cannot rely on lawyers and diplomats alone.”

Comment: Energy density more than Donald Trump is the foe of forced transformation to the energies that consumers do not naturally want.

That journey started when Ms. Yamin was studying law in her 20s. Growing up as a Pakistani immigrant in England who experienced racism, Ms. Yamin knew she wanted to spend her career fighting injustice. When she embarked on an internship with a small environmental law firm in 1991 as a recent Oxford graduate, Ms. Yamin knew she had found her calling. “I never looked back,” she said. “I was optimistic.”

Comment: Did she study physical science critically? Did she assess energy physics and the unique characteristics of electricity as an economic good? Did she understand opportunity-cost economics? Good intentions are not enough….

Since then, Ms. Yamin has attended nearly every major international climate conference, but she is best known for her work at the negotiations that led to the Paris Agreement.

Comment: A party-goer with a big carbon footprint? Lots of confirmation bias at those meetings … has she ever attended a Heartland conference, say, to consider differing views?

She had spent years working with academics, civil society groups and lawyers to make net-zero emissions — the idea of using reductions, carbon capture and carbon offsets to ensure that no additional greenhouse gases are added to the atmosphere — the rallying call of the 2015 conference. “Farhana was among a handful of collaborators who was willing to step up and champion this quest,” said Bernice Lee, a research director on sustainability at Chatham House, a London research organization.

Comment: If fighting injustice was her goal, why side with global government on public policies relying on coercion? Why energy imperialism against Africa? India? China?

But just months after Ms. Yamin achieved one of the biggest victories of her career, she said, things took a turn for the worse. By 2016, some Western countries were seeing a rise of nationalism and a growing distrust of international institutions, with Britain voting to leave the European Union and Donald J. Trump threatening to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement if elected. “I felt that the whole multilateral world, the international framework for human rights, was just collapsing around me,” Ms. Yamin said.

Comment: Energy density drives consumer-voters, and consumer-voters drive politics. Energy was one of the reasons Trump pulled the upset–and why Biden’s crash-climate agenda will reverberate at the polls this November and beyond.

When, from a meeting room at a United Nations climate conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, Ms. Yamin watched Mr. Trump win the election, she was despondent. She felt that her 30-year career as a government lawyer and climate negotiator had amounted to nothing. “All of it was going up in smoke,” she said. “I couldn’t tell my clients, I couldn’t lie to the Marshall Islands, that we would fix this.” Ms. Yamin took a year off, spending most of her time in nature therapy classes and camping in the wilderness for weeks at a time.

Comment: This bit of realism and honesty is a start to reconsider the very premises of climate activism, which is resulting in the world of all worlds for the anti-fossil-fuel activists: a carbon-based energy boom and a mess from wind, solar, and batteries.

During her time off, Ms. Yamin began reading about other social movements, like the anti-apartheid campaign and the suffragist movement, that used social mobilization and nonviolent resistance to advance their causes. “I felt that the climate movement was almost unique and fragile, relying mostly on insider tactics and not on movement building,” she said. “It wasn’t relying on the full sets of tools.”

Comment: Bad choice. Yamin should have studied climate science (models and feedback effects in particular); plant biology (CO2 fertilization effect); climate economics (benefits of warmth, precipitation); and Public Choice (government decision-making).

It was this idea that reignited Ms. Yamin’s passion for climate and helped her get back to work. Instead of returning to climate diplomacy, Ms. Yamin joined the nascent Extinction Rebellion movement, a decentralized group that uses nonviolent action and civil disobedience, in 2018.

Comment: Doubling down on failure by joining the nut wing–not good at all. And a path to further demoralization and radicalism.

Initially, Ms. Yamin became the leader of Extinction Rebellion’s political team, using her knowledge of the diplomatic terrain to help the movement be more strategic in its activism and get more funding. Even in her new activist role, though, Ms. Yamin felt she was relying too heavily on her intellectual skills instead of putting her body on the line. When an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was issued in October 2018, Ms. Yamin was reading the report as activists filled Parliament Square in London. As she saw pictures of young people refusing to move and waiting to be arrested, she thought, “I want to be with them.”

Ms. Yamin spent the following two years working with Extinction Rebellion, organizing and protesting alongside other activists. She stepped down from her role with the group in 2020 because of disagreements with other leaders. Ms. Yamin said she believed the movement was not focused enough on climate justice.

Comment: Climate justice? Could that include affordable, reliable, accessible energy for the masses?

Since then, Ms. Yamin has been charting a new path, one that does not depend on institutions or activist groups. At COP26, the latest United Nations climate summit, held last year in Glasgow, Ms. Yamin worked as hard as she always has at these events, eager to defend the legacy of Paris. But rather than spend her days in the negotiating room, surrounded by what she calls a “toxic positivity,” Ms. Yamin focused on movement-building and listening to vulnerable people who spoke outside the conference center.

Comment: How about ringing a few doorbells outside of COP to understand energy and real people? Enough of the exaggerators and prop protesters.

She said she left Glasgow heartbroken, both by the outcome of the conference and the stories she heard from marginalized communities about climate impacts. “I could almost cry. We keep pushing the deadlines out,” she said. “At what point do we say, ‘Enough?’”

Comment: Predictable. COP 26 was a ruse, a carbon-fest of elites. COP 27 will be worse.

For her next chapter, Ms. Yamin said she wants to work directly with frontline communities of color in Britain and help to mobilize the cultural sector to become more engaged in climate issues. “We need the cultural sector and the creatives to help us imagine our way out of the crisis,” she said. She also wants to educate philanthropic organizations on climate justice to help get more money to frontline communities. Her goal is to make sure every pocket of society is fighting the climate crisis. “Everyone should have ‘activist’ on their C.V.,” she said.

CommentTripling down on failure? How about become an energy advocate for human betterment. Alex Epstein has a new book coming out, Fossil Future. Read it for liberation.

When asked how she feels looking back at her career, Ms. Yamin paused. “I’m proud of my achievements,” she said. “But I can’t keep carrying on doing that in the face of known indifference.” She added, “I’m much more honest now.”

Comment: If you are honest and practical, the theory and data are out there to challenge your beliefs and change your mind–and your life. You do not need to fight depression or withdraw. There is life and optimism in climate and energy realism.

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John Tillman
April 9, 2022 6:05 pm

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Reply to  John Tillman
April 10, 2022 3:10 am

I don’t think she actually has a mind.

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  John Tillman
April 10, 2022 4:38 am

You would know all about that John Tillman

Reply to  Stuart Hamish
April 10, 2022 5:46 pm

Stuart, you are spending waaaay to much time on Twitter/socisl media. Give it a break. Connect with normal, ordinary people and relearn (or learn?) how to be polite and conduct yourself in a civil conversation. You’re welcome.

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  .KcTaz
April 10, 2022 7:42 pm

I dont use Twitter Facebook or social media ……Try connecting with the facts before you impart your sanctimonious ‘advice’ …….As for politeness and civility John Tillman is no model in that regard

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  .KcTaz
April 10, 2022 9:10 pm

I do not use Twitter , Facebook or any social media ….Try connecting with the facts before you impart your petulant sanctimonious ‘advice ‘….John Tillman is not exactly a model of civility and politeness and you can always peruse his commentary record here to determine that ……You’re welcome

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  .KcTaz
April 10, 2022 9:13 pm

Are you a cyber stalker ‘KcTaz ” ?

Ron Long
April 9, 2022 6:08 pm

Clueless, but willing to glue herself to the Shell Building? In the name of Extinction Rebellion? Remind me what that accomplishes, other than annoying persons trying to work, you know, like to provide actual energy to the masses? I like the video of commuters throwing Extinction Rebellion protesters off the train roof, nothing like direct action. How come Boris is willing to go to Ukraine but not willing to stop Extinction Rebellion?

Reply to  Ron Long
April 9, 2022 7:36 pm

I like the slide.

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Ron Long
April 9, 2022 9:33 pm

One word; Carrie!

Gerry, England
Reply to  Ron Long
April 10, 2022 2:58 am

The lying oaf Boris has gone to Ukraine as a diversion from the huge list of problems he is failing to deal with in the UK. A lot of naive – or is that stupid? – people think that the war in Ukraine has been the making of the lying oaf as Prime Minister. If supplying weapons to prolong the war and see more people killed, and applying sanctions that damage your own people at home who have already seen energy costs double with more to come and inflation heading for double figures is seen as good, then I have to think what worse he could have done.

Reply to  Ebor
April 10, 2022 7:58 am

You don’t have to dig very far to find their guiding theology (emphasis added):

“Ecosystems continue to be devastated at an accelerating rate, driven overwhelmingly by industrial activity, in service to overconsumption by the world’s wealthiest (not due, despite much focus on it, to population growth). The causes of ecological collapse are many and varied, but are generally attributed to a mixture of global heating, habitat loss (due to deforestation, for instance), over-farming (particularly with marine life), and modern farming practices such as the wide-spread use of pesticides.
It is hard to ascertain precisely how many species or individual animals have already been lost, because the majority of species remain undocumented (existing in remote regions, such as deep in the Amazon for instance). However, it is estimated that over the last 5 decades vertebrate populations (fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds) have declined by around 70%, with around 20% of species wiped out. Only 4% of land animals today exist in the wild, while the other 96% are made up of humans (36%) and their livestock (60%). Around a third of the world’s trees have been cut down.
Insect populations are relatively poorly studied, but around half of all insect species are thought to be at risk of extinction in the next few decades, with a decline in insect biomass over just the last few decades in excess of 75% in a number of geographically limited studies. Recent evidence suggests even plankton (which generate around 80% of the world’s oxygen and are the basis of all marine ecosystems) may be at risk of catastrophic decline as the planet heats up. The natural world is of simply incalculable importance to human society, providing the basis of our food, water, health, air and more. Without healthy ecosystems, human society cannot thrive. Without functioning ecosystems, human society cannot survive.”

Dave Fair
Reply to  Ebor
April 10, 2022 10:14 am

97% of statistics are made-up.

Reply to  Ebor
April 10, 2022 11:25 pm

We don’t even know the number of insect and vertebrate species on Earth, so how can we know the proportion which is at risk of extinction?

Tom Halla
April 9, 2022 6:15 pm

I grew up around political extremists. Some of my Father’s cousins were Birchers, and some of my Mother’s family were Socialist Labor Party.
Being a zealot is akin to a psychological condition, with the content of their belief system being secondary. I am only surprised that she stuck with the same cause so long. True Believers will often shift obsessions.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Tom Halla
April 9, 2022 8:38 pm

The suicide and the Ms Yamin’s descent recalls what was popularly known as the “Climate Blues” after the “Climategate Affair”, where an unknown insider at the U of East Anglia released thousands of emails between international climate scientists revealing gross and pervasive, unseemly scientific research tactics, altering and destroying data to support a globalist political objective, etc..

The fallout included an epidemic of the career-ending, Climate Blues among many scientists of a certain age. They rationalized that it was because they were researching and staring into the face of planetary destruction in the near future and nobody would listen to them (actually they were stars with the world at their feet before CB). In more normal times, this would be recognized as a common neurosis known as psychological denial.

Imagine you’ve spent 8 years studying to get your PhD (likely several years before this were bent on this noble calling) and 15 to 20 years into your career when suddenly the heroes of climate science turn out to be dishonest hucksters. You are really staring into a wasted life and nightmare career. The persistent doubts you struggle to suppress eventually will make you sick if you can’t deal with them. Sufferers probably don’t have the strongest constitutions.

There is more of this to come.

Geoff Sherrington
Reply to  Gary Pearse
April 10, 2022 3:45 am

Gary Pearce,
Here is some more. The drivers of some of those Climategate actors has since become a possible global threat. There were some people with means and influence who knew what the Climategate people were using as objectives, notably the socialisation of global science and economincs. This has grown to be the darling of groups like the World Economic Forum. Have a listen to one of its actors boasting that his followers have penetrated the Cabinet positions of governments. We now see their use of social levers like climate change, “racism” (we are really only one race), gender transformation, penetration of school agendas etc. From Rebel News, Canada, with thanks. Geoff S
EXCLUSIVE: Rebel News has obtained Global Affairs documents regarding WEF Great Reset meetings – YouTube

Richard Page
Reply to  Gary Pearse
April 10, 2022 6:51 am

It’s a disconnect between a psychological construct in their head and reality – the amount of suddenly perceived difference between the two drives a mental trauma until they can establish a new construct which reconciles the two views. You can see exactly the same disconnect at work in posts by a few individuals on WUWT – they will reconcile the differences between their construct and what others are posting by labelling the contradictory views as ‘denialism’ or outright lying.

Reply to  Tom Halla
April 9, 2022 10:31 pm

I can confirm that in France many anti EU people are mental. They attribute any issue to Europe w/o thinking – ever. Even closed nuc plants (Hollande and Macron’s promises) are EU’s fault!

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  niceguy
April 9, 2022 11:15 pm

Most UK commenter will disagree with this. But the EU became the excuse for local and national government failure. “We couldn’t/ had to because EU rules”.. A lot of these rules were not that stupid and the British civil service is full of Jobsworths
Incompetence or inaction is now blamed on Climate Change in many cases. In our family things going wrong are blamed on Climate Change.
Why we’re you late? “I over slept because of CC”

Richard Page
Reply to  Ben Vorlich
April 10, 2022 11:07 am

I’m in the UK and I’d agree with you – it was an incredibly popular pastime for various people to point at the EU and laugh at some regulation or other, newspapers made up nonsense headlines about the EU wanting to ban this, that and the other. However the deep divisions and differences were never addressed – the EU refused to even look at the issues and that did the damage in the long term, not the silly newspaper stories.

April 9, 2022 6:39 pm

“From disengagement… even suicide, the true believers are in turmoil”
The author seems to think this might be a problem.
I am sure I can not see why this might be a problem.

Reply to  TonyL
April 9, 2022 7:19 pm

Imagine the cognitive dissonance being forced to use gasoline for immolation.

Reply to  Scissor
April 9, 2022 10:25 pm

There is always ethanol. Of course, regardless of how much gasoline costs, for most people, ethanol is much more expensive because the taxes are markedly higher.

Reply to  AndyHce
April 9, 2022 11:01 pm

You can buy denatured ethanol without paying the booze taxes. Vastly cheaper.
The term “denatured” simply means that it has been deliberately poisoned to make it unfit for consumption.

Why we major in Chemistry:
When we distill ethanol we get an azeotrope of 95% ethanol and 5% water. That is the maximum purity ethanol can be obtained from distillation from water. This is very well known. In the US, the denaturing agent used is benzene, highly toxic.
Little known is that an ethanol/water/benzene mix will produce a ternary azeotrope which will continue to distill off until the benzene is exhausted. The benzene removal is complete right down to the trace level. After the benzene removal is complete, the ethanol/water binary azeotrope reestablishes. Then you know the benzene removal is complete.

Your Welcome.
Chemistry majors know this type of thing.

oeman 50
Reply to  TonyL
April 10, 2022 8:01 am

I had heard the the denaturizing agent was methanol, but that was years ago.

Reply to  oeman 50
April 10, 2022 9:06 am

There are few now being used, including methanol. Bitrex (denatonium benzoate) is a very bitter compound that makes ethanol undrinkable. It’s also used in compressed air cans that are used to blow dust and it’s used in many other products.

Natural gas condensates are also being used, especially for corn ethanol that ends up in gasoline.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Scissor
April 10, 2022 10:55 am

I have not found any reference to benzene being used as the denaturant.
The denatonium you mention is listed as a bitterant in some formulations.
Most common denaturant is definitely methanol, but since there are many uses for the stuff, there are many formulations.
Most common other than methanol seem to be isopropyl alcoholacetonemethyl ethyl ketone, and methyl isobutyl ketone.

I was pretty sure about methanol, but wanted to check before saying definitely.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  oeman 50
April 10, 2022 10:41 am

Chemist here.
My understanding was that it was denatured using methanol (wood alcohol) as well.

Reply to  TonyL
April 10, 2022 11:33 pm

One of the Organic Chemistry lecturers at Imperial College used to wash his hands in benzene to remove residues. He lived to 91.

Benzene has been unfairly demonized. It is extremely weak as a carcinogen.

Reply to  TonyL
April 10, 2022 12:37 pm

Going full retard, has consequences, at times dire ones, especially when belonging to a full retard cult.

Given time and persistence, one becomes what one acts upon even as in pretence.


Reply to  whiten
April 10, 2022 6:58 pm

“Man, you never go full retard.”

Mark Ingraham
April 9, 2022 6:52 pm

You’ll die at last, from peak oil. It’s wonderful. Biden gave six months for spr.

April 9, 2022 7:10 pm

“Growing up as a Pakistani immigrant in England who experienced racism, Ms. Yamin knew she wanted to spend her career fighting injustice.”

Must have been terrible for the poor little thing. Although she’s obviously intelligent in some respects, her story is clearly one of significant privilege. Few working-class white boys get to Oxbridge and a career jetting round the world working within the system (and then supposedly “against” the system -but actually trying to take more control of the “racist” plebs and win more power and cash).

I have to wonder if, whilst taking her year off to commune with nature, she found 10 seconds to consider what the men from her own heritage community were doing to tens of thousands of vulnerable and deprived white sisters of those failed white working-class boys?

I suspect not for even two seconds.

Racism, slavery and exploitation take many forms. I wonder how the poor people of the Marshall Islands regard her brave fight against “injustice” today?

Stuart Hamish
April 10, 2022 4:35 am

Labors Naz Shah – another woman of Pakistani Muslim heritage – retweeted a horrible post suggesting the victims of the gangs should ” shut up for the sake of diversity “

Reply to  Stuart Hamish
April 10, 2022 6:04 am

And it is more than probable that “Sir” Keir Starmer, the Labia Party’s Beloved Leader, as Director of Public Prosecution, burried the problem and the evidence for the same reason.

Jimmy Savile’s case was also buried with loss of the evidence files.

“But he knew nothing about it!”, the MSM and Labia Party scream.

He should be breaking rocks on Dartmoor for not knowing what’s going on, in an organisation he directs, then.

Stuart Hamish
April 16, 2022 3:54 am

The Blair Labor government Home Office knew what was occurring in Rotheram as early as 2003 ……….And did nothing …

April 10, 2022 11:40 pm

What is strange about people like her in the NGO sector is their belief that they are in some way “fighting” the elites on behalf of the poor and exploited, while being the very embodiment of the elite class.

April 9, 2022 7:16 pm

Baby Lives Matter!

April 9, 2022 7:39 pm

If she thinks she’s depressed now just wait until she witnesses the Climate Change narrative completely unravel.

Steve Case
Reply to  markl
April 10, 2022 12:55 am

It took the USSR 70 years to crumple under the weight of 70 years of dogmatic propaganda. Climate change isn’t just one albeit large country, it’s a world-wide propaganda machine. If it crumbles after a mere 70 years, it would be a miracle.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  markl
April 10, 2022 11:15 am

Look how fast several large countries reversed course on the green agenda when this war started.
Mere days.
They are still talking about longer term maintaining green energy goals, but I would not be surprised if the prospect of hyperinflation, economic collapse, and possible invasion, causes not just a knee jerk reaction but a soup to nuts re-evaluation of the premises and practicalities of every aspect of their energy future.

My favorite detail is that Trump told them right to their faces exactly the mistake they were making just a few short years ago.
What is going on inside the minds of these people, in whose worldview they themselves are smart and informed and he is dumb and delusional, when confronted with proof that they had the who was who part exactly backwards?
Cognitive dissonance theory says that if they are shown the tapes of the meeting, they will not see and hear what is said and by whom, but will instead hallucinate some fantasy version of what the video shows:

April 9, 2022 7:47 pm

“I’ve learned we cannot rely on lawyers and diplomats alone.” Have you ever considered the science? Real science?

The IPCC tthat says both RCP8.5 is “imlausible” in WG1 but then “business-as-usual” in WG2

michael hart
Reply to  lee
April 9, 2022 9:11 pm

You won’t be surprised to learn that she studied PPE at Oxford, not Engineering.

And while I’m quite happy for her to be out there with “…young people refusing to move and waiting to be arrested..”, I’d like to see a bit more action on the sentencing front. They probably didn’t teach her much about that during her legal internship at a small environmental law firm.

Steve Case
Reply to  michael hart
April 10, 2022 12:56 am

PPE = Philosophy, politics and economics

Dave Fair
Reply to  Steve Case
April 10, 2022 10:24 am

PPE … A funny way to say socialism.

Matt Kiro
April 9, 2022 8:04 pm

She should have gone back to Pakistan to help the women of that country get equal rights. I bet plenty of villages there aren’t burning coal or natural gas to power their lives.

Reply to  Matt Kiro
April 9, 2022 8:23 pm

Absolutely not.
Pakistan is a very dangerous place for people like her. That is to say a woman with an education. Even just being able to read and write is enough to trigger Islamic Law and very harsh penalties. In her case, she would most probably be found to be Haram and be given a death sentence. And heaven help her if she got away from Islam as well. If she did, she is an apostate for which there is only the death penalty.

Wonderful place, Pakistan.

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  TonyL
April 10, 2022 4:41 am

Just ask Asia Bibi ….Who was denied asylum in that other ‘wonderful place ‘ – the Londonistan haven of Islamic extremists and terrorists – the United Kingdom

Richard Page
Reply to  Stuart Hamish
April 10, 2022 11:18 am

Think you might have your facts wrong on that – she was never, at any time, denied asylum in the UK. In fact, after her sentence was revoked, a plane was sent to pick her up and bring her to the UK but the Pakistan courts denied her permission to leave at that time. Can you support your claim that she was ever denied asylum in the UK?

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  Richard Page
April 10, 2022 5:54 pm

I only said she was ‘denied asylum ” Not by whom.. Strange you haven’t denied the United Kingdom is a long standing haven for Islamic extremists and terrorists .One Pakistani hate preacher who called for Asia Bibi to be executed was allowed to enter the UK on a visa Must have been on ‘character grounds’ Who makes the decisions that ban Robert Spencer , Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone from visiting the UK but roll out the welcome mat for Islamic hate clerics and jihadists ? .At a minimum was it not an embarrassed admission of 23 000 dangerous Islamists in the country just after Salman Abedi blew himself and dozens of innocent Britons [ police allegedly did not apprehend him after patrons warnings because they did not want to be seen as ‘racist’ ] to pieces at the Manchester Arena after his jihadi sojourn in Libya . Besides it would seem British intelligence are too focused on the ‘climate emergency ” trans -awareness’ messaging and gay coffee mornings these days .I wonder if there is any truth to the rumors they are now using Green radicals to do their dirty work .

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  Richard Page
April 10, 2022 9:04 pm

” Think you might have your facts wrong ….she was never ,at any time denied asylum in the UK “.. You sir are a liar . There are several corroborating items of evidence confirming Theresa May’s government rejected Asia Bibi’s asylum bid [i] email correspondence sent from an All Party Parliamentary Group secretary sent to Wilson Chowdhry …[ii] The resignation letter of May’s Trade Envoy to Pakistan Rehman Chishti ….[iii] The Australian Home Affairs Minister who attested that ” Britain initially suggested it would offer Bibi asylum but then pulled out [ fearing ] unrest from Muslims in the UK and of threats to diplomats in Pakistan “

Richard Page
Reply to  Stuart Hamish
April 11, 2022 12:21 pm

The UK did not offer asylum to Asia Bibi is completely different from your statement that she was actively denied asylum. I was not lying but your facts are still incorrect and any amount of goalpost-moving and false accusations will never change that.

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  Richard Page
April 11, 2022 8:59 pm

You’re a gaslighting little sophist and a liar ..I never said ‘actively denied asylum ” [ a false accusation ] nor did I initially name the country responsible for rejecting Asia Bibi’s asylum plea… I have not moved the goalposts of my argument [ another false accusation ] Your assertion : ” She was never at any time denied asylum in the UK’ is a blatant lie [ ” Report : UK’s Theresa May Personally Blocked Asia Bibi’s Asylum Request, CBN News ,Nov , 2018 ]. If the facts I listed above are “incorrect ‘ then you are obliged to disprove them. You would be a perfect fit for Scotland Yard , JTRIG or the Home Office propaganda department

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  Stuart Hamish
April 11, 2022 9:04 pm

Asia Bibi was denied asylum in the United Kingdom principally to appease Islamic radicals and avert potential ‘unrest’ ….Who created this awful “Londonistan ‘ scenario in the first place ?…It started under Tony Blair and New Labor

CD in Wisconsin
April 9, 2022 8:24 pm

“After the agreement, though, as Donald J. Trump rose to power in the United States and other countries continually delayed strong action on climate change, she said her faith in institutions began to crumble.””


If she lacks faith in institutions now, wait until this climate alarmist narrative finally collapses someday as a result of its scientifically faulty foundation. Then she can tell us about her faith in the U.N., academia, scientific institutions, the mass media and govt agencies who have all been selling us this narrative in the first place.

If and when that day comes, I will be left wondering if she will believe in much of anything or anyone anymore. She will need to re-examine how she thinks and the thought process she goes through when determining the credibility of what she is told and who she is hearing it from. She also needs to teach herself how scientific discourse works.

But somehow, I doubt that any of it will happen.

Steve Case
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
April 10, 2022 12:59 am

wait until this climate alarmist narrative finally collapses someday 

Ha ha ha, don’t hold your breath, see my earlier post.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Steve Case
April 10, 2022 10:26 am

Everything continues until it doesn’t, Steve.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Steve Case
April 10, 2022 1:07 pm

Steve, as I recall, no one saw the collapse off the USSR coming until it happened. Pluto was believed to be a planet in our solar system for decades until it wasn’t—it was downgraded to the status of a dwarf planet some years ago. I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

I acknowledge that the CAGW narrative could go on for some time as long as there are enough people in the position to keep it going, and especially if these people have financial, political, activist and career-enhancing vested interests in maintaining the belief in it. However, as they become more shrill and desperate (the U.N. secretary-general in particular), the more they may be realizing that their credibility is on borrowed time.

I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that Mother Nature herself will be one to ultimately decide the fate of the CAGW narrative, not us humans. In the midst of a another pause on the satellite temperature record, the real world’s Orwellian Big Brother can only hide the truth from the rest of us for just so long.

Pat from kerbob
April 9, 2022 8:42 pm

My question for her.

“ and the stories she heard from marginalized communities about climate impacts.”

List these impacts here please.
She lists the Marshall Islands as a client. So she is part of the grift trying get money for an island nation NOT sinking under the waves

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
April 9, 2022 10:20 pm

According to Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) via Climate4you the tide gauge trend from the Marshall Islands 1994 – 2018 is +4.63 mm/yr., clearly some low-lying atoll islands in the Pacific are likely to face sea level challenges in the future, that’s a fact.
However according to Holgate-9 the global trend has been a constant rate of +2.12mm/yr since ~1900 while before 1945 human emissions were relatively insignificant.
The Marshall Islands will likely encounter sea level problems in future whether the most unlikely ‘net zero’ occurs or not.
Besides are the 4 billion people who do not have access to electricity or who rely on fuels for indoor heating and cooking that cause high risks of death and disease to be denied reliable affordable energy because of a relative few living on already vulnerable atolls?
I’m afraid not and perhaps Ms Farhana Yamin ought to level with her clients.

Chris Hanley
Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 9, 2022 10:54 pm

Correction: … most unlikely impossible ‘net zero’…

Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 10, 2022 4:04 am

Wrong Chris. Recent evaluation of Pacific & Indian ocean coral atolls has found 90% of all islands larger than a few acres are all growing. The natural process that developed them in the first p[lace, deposition of coral rubble has continued to build these islands. They are in no danger from rising sea level.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 10, 2022 11:35 am

Two centuries ago Darwin figured out and knew what somehow many people today have no knowledge of: Atolls are at the elevation they are at because they always stay above the sea level, no matter what the level is.
If Darwin is too obscure a reference, one can simply have a look at physical geography textbooks used the world over for many decades.
Or just use logic: What are the odds that it is some strange coincidence that the vast majority of atolls across a wide diversity of separate areas and ages of the underlying seamounts, all happen to be the same few feet above sea level, even though we know that sea level is changing all the time, and does so by many more feet than these islands are above the waves?
It is well established from numerous sites around the world that sea level has been many feet higher than present in the recent geologic past, and has even been so during historical times.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Chris Hanley
April 10, 2022 12:16 pm

It seems to be impossible for anyone working with government grants to just be very honest about subjects such as this.
They are not allowed to just state that atolls are all at about the same elevation because they are always either eroding or accreting, depending on whether sea level is rising or falling.
How fast do islands erode?
Coral is very soft and subject to rapid erosion.
Hard to find much written about specific details like this,or, for example, evidence from the plant life on the atolls of how long they have been continuously vegetated.
I suspect plants find any new land very quickly.
But animals are likely a different story.
But there is solid proof that new volcanic islands erode away in a matter of a few tens of years if the volcano goes dormant.
Since then, the seas around Surtsey have begun the inevitable process of eroding it. From a maximum area of 2.7 square km (one square mile), reached at the end of the volcanic activity in 1967, Surtsey has shrunk to about half that size. The newly formed Japanese island, as yet unnamed, may not be with us for long either. Volcanologists have warned that the low-lying land may soon be eroded by the tide, and disappear beneath the wavesThese lumps of lava, though, provide biologists with the ideal opportunity to study how lifeforms colonise new pieces of land, as initially insects, then plants, and finally birds set up home there.”
New islands: how life colonises them | Environment | The Guardian

Previous research by the team, which used aerial photos going back as far as 1943 to track changes to the 101 islands that make up the Tuvalu archipelago, found that overall there was a net gain in land area of 2.9 percent or 73.5ha over the past 40 years.”

Sea level rise may not drown low-lying Pacific atolls – Scimex

It may be the case that when sea level was 400 feet lower 18,000 years ago, so were the atolls.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
April 10, 2022 12:34 pm

During previous interglacials, sea levels were often much higher than they are now.
In fact, there is nothing at all special or permanent about any particular sea level.
It is not logical or reasonable to think that these islands are how they are now, but when sea level was ten feet or more higher, they were all submerged completely.

In the time it takes for the ocean to rise a foot or several feet, immense volumes of coral can grow.
Biological, chemical, and mechanical forces break up the coral as it grows, and waves transport some of the debris onto the atolls.

When sea level is far lower than it is now, coral may erode rapidly, inches to feet every year, under the action of waves, rain, and chemical processes. Tropical rains and wind then carries the debris offshore.

Of course, any geological studies that detail how the atolls have changes over various intervals of time would reveal such information, and I suspect it is not more readily available for the same reason it is a lot hard to read detailed info about such things as the Medieval Warm Period and Roman Warm Period: It directly contradicts and destroys the warmista narratives, so entire subjects have been largely memory holed in recent years and decades.

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Peta of Newark
April 9, 2022 9:24 pm

Quote:”For her next chapter, Ms. Yamin said she wants to work directly with frontline communities of color in Britain and help to mobilize the cultural sector to become more engaged in climate issues

Two significant horrors in there, but really only one. The one horror, what is her entire life, is her Complete Utter Total Muddle about Cause & Effect

First of all, she is a entitled snob (frontline communities)
a racist (she notices what colour people are and modifies her words/actions accordingly)

When she talks about the ‘people of colour‘ in Britain, she neglects to say why they are here , in Britain, in the first place.
They didn’t come here just by accident. They weren’t swept up by a tornado and dumped here – they, or their recent forebears, made a conscious decision to come here.
iow: They wanted to be British = warts and all

Now she comes along, making all sorts of erroneous claims and false promises while making the hideous error of pointing out the warts.

How dumb is it possible to be.
Become a lawyer – take up mendacity as a profession. Then you can claim the ‘I’m a person of good repute’ while being a two-faced rascist hypocrite and mendacious victim of the Green Eyed Monster
And lawyering being an easy way to make shedloads of Moolah to try satiate those green eyes.

How many times do I repeat “The human animal cannot lie” – primarily because lying is a stressful thing to do.
So what does the Human Animal do = looks for ways to reduce that self inflicted stress.
And there are 2 main ways to do that= Eat sugar and/or drink alcohol

Now: Search her name and find her ‘TEDx Kings Cross’ talk.
All you need is the first few seconds

THAT is the girl Bojo should have married – a match made in heaven (Read= the pasta kitchen)

Repeat repeat: Folks with a BMI of 27 or over and folks who drink any amount alcohol, should be barred from politics/law-making, science/education and contact with children

Here’s a guy (10 min video at Dropbox ) discussing/explaining what I rave about:- Chemical Induced Depression where sugar and booze are The Chemicals

He’s coming at it from the angle of Fatty Livers
To check how fatty your liver is, just feel it, get a hold of it.
If you can, it is = fatty. It should not extend below your ribcage.

Or, get someone to press a finger firmly on the skin between your shoulder blades for 5 seconds
When they remove their finger, the imprint should bounce back with 2 seconds.
If that ‘fingerprint’ lasts any longer – You Are In Trouble
With fatty liver not least but all the complications that come from it:
i.e. Brain fog, poor memory, laziness, depression, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and to cap it all, Climate Change.

Farhana has got the lot – but basically all that she’s got are: (fix the headline)

Tribulations Of Being a Sugar Addict

Steve Case
Reply to  Peta of Newark
April 10, 2022 1:25 am

Become a lawyer – take up mendacity as a profession.

First chuckle of my day (-:

Gunga Din
April 9, 2022 10:50 pm

I was young and dumb once. (late 60’s to early 70’s)
But I was never dumb enough to glue myself to something.
(What turned me around was learning of God’s Word and Christ and beginning to take both seriously.)

Andy Wilkins
Reply to  Gunga Din
April 10, 2022 5:32 am

Believing in sky-fairies isn’t something to shout about.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  Gunga Din
April 10, 2022 11:04 am

Don’t unglue them. Just leave them glued there. Yes, it might take some effort to go around them, so what? Let them stay glued until and unless they realize the stupidity of what they have done.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Robert Hanson
April 10, 2022 3:34 pm

Now that right there would be funny, and deserved.
Just place some traffic cones, and everyone walk away.
Go home.
Would she die of thirst, hunger, exposure, or would she gnaw off the glued body parts to free herself?

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
April 10, 2022 3:38 pm

Disclaimer to the above:
I want zero people to die, ever, especially not people glued to roads.
Her friends should stop at Home Depot and rent a jackhammer, then jackhammer out the chunk of road she is attached to and heave her up onto a flatbed and drive her home.
Leave her near the fridge with a garden hose within arms length.

April 9, 2022 11:57 pm

Glue : Mostly made from synthetic polymers, such as acrylic resin, vinyl, epoxy, polyurethane, polyester, polyvinyl acetate, neoprene polyurethane.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Petit_Barde
April 11, 2022 5:29 pm
April 10, 2022 1:16 am

“ frontline communities of color in Britain ”

Yeah, yeah racism blah blah

A room with rubber wallpaper is required

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  fretslider
April 10, 2022 5:25 am

“frontline communities of color in Britain” sounds like code for grifters and rent seekers

J. R.
Reply to  fretslider
April 10, 2022 11:30 am

What are “frontline communities?” Are they the ones most frequently labeled by activists as “most victimized?”

Steve Case
April 10, 2022 1:29 am

Comment: Energy density drives consumer-voters, and consumer-voters drive politics. Energy was one of the reasons Trump pulled the upset–and why Biden’s crash-climate agenda will reverberate at the polls this November and beyond.

The reverberations will be from the new and improved version of what the Democrats pulled off in 2020. No doubt their goal is a solid majority in the house and senate.

Geoff Sherrington
April 10, 2022 3:36 am

The dominant, hard conclusion, strippedof pretty words, is that the lady lacks enough intelligence to be where she is. She is intellectually outclasses and, in a position of influence, a danger to herself and those around her.
There are far too many of these dumb idealist characters in positions they should never have reached. For example, it is really bad to see lawyers and journalists pushing engineering solutions that no respectable engineer would allow out of the door.
Time for the Great Upset, where the criteria for being heard are excellence and experience in the classic professions. Kiddy degrees like in climate change and journalistic politics do not qualify as valid for the required professionals to contribute to policy about science and engineering and mathematics. Geoff S

Pat Frank
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
April 10, 2022 8:50 am

The Great Upset. I like that Geoff.

Short, punchy and to the point. I hope it goes viral. The Great Upset needs to happen to the collectivists now in power.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
April 10, 2022 2:40 pm

Geoff, what you describe was laid bare in a quote by George Jonas years ago

“Educated beyond his intellectual means”.

Hint, he was referring to Justin Trudeau.
Simply don’t have the intelligence to process and order the things you have read.
That is her problem.

Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
April 10, 2022 9:36 pm

The Great Upset! I love that.

Andy Wilkins
April 10, 2022 5:52 am

Ms. Yamin said she wants to work directly with frontline communities of color in Britain

For a bit of a giggle, I went along to the Extinction Rebellion protests in London yesterday. The activists were overwhelmingly white and middle class. They were playing at being edgy, anti-establishment rebels. There was a lot of signs being held aloft by white demonstrators proclaiming that “Climate Change Is Racist”. It was very funny to see.

Some of the daft XR wallies were staging a sit-in to block the traffic at Oxford Circus (a major thoroughfare in the centre of London). The traffic and buses were jammed up all down the road, idling engines belching out genuine pollution. One man asked me how he could walk to his medical appointment as his bus wasn’t moving. He appeared to be in a lot of pain. Another man was going to be late for a job interview. The police just stood around doing absolutely nothing.

When I pointed out to some of the XR mob that their childish virtual signalling was causing people genuine distress, one young woman told me, “it has to be done to save the planet!” When I started to reason with her she said, “Be careful – I’m studying for and environmental science degree!” This appeared to be some sort of warning that I wouldn’t have the necessary climate knowledge to debate with an expert such as her. I proceeded to ask her about the logarithmic absorption abilities of CO2, the UAH temp series, tropospheric hotspots (or the lack of one), and ECS values. She didn’t have a clue as to what I was talking about and just huffed, “Stop harassing me!”. I pointed out to her that she was the one who started talking to me and trying to wave her studies around as some sort of intellectual weapon. I wished her well and left her to it. She just scowled.

The XR wallies are an absolute waste of space.

Reply to  Andy Wilkins
April 10, 2022 8:22 am

Andy, you have been brave, but a little bit foolish. Was it not von Clausewitz who said: “Do not interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake?”

Richard Page
Reply to  Neil Lock
April 10, 2022 11:21 am

No. Try again.

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  Richard Page
April 16, 2022 3:57 am

It was Napoleon ……Neil Lock and Richard Page both knew that

Reply to  Andy Wilkins
April 10, 2022 9:40 pm

People need to be told, all the way back in primary school, that a degree is nice thing to have, but having a degree does not make you educated ipso facto. Being educated is much more than that.

Pat Frank
April 10, 2022 8:26 am

her faith in institutions began to crumble.”

Faith is the problem. Passionate belief without evidence.

Or in Dr. Yamin’s case, passionate belief without understanding the argument.

The soul-satisfying vision of a demonized enemy and feeling moral about hatred. Ever so rousing to true believers. And ever the cause of pogrom and murder when directed outward.

In Dr. Yamin’s case, upset and despair comes with loss of her life-meaning as the inspirational cause is ablated away by reality. Sand running through her fingers.

It’s not despair over the environment, though that’s the exculpatory delusion. It’s despair over the emptiness that inchoate world-spanning passion once filled.

April 10, 2022 8:45 am

We need faster glue dissolvers.

Dave Fair
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 10, 2022 10:35 am

Finally, a rational response to loonies disrupting others’ lives.

Robert Hanson
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 10, 2022 11:12 am

Rather, we should give them a ‘superglue’ that takes a week or two to dissolve. Would give them plenty of time to rethink their actions. 🙂

Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 10, 2022 11:22 am

Perhaps hyper-localised blizzards might be more – umm – just.
Climate Justice, and that.


Richard Page
Reply to  ResourceGuy
April 10, 2022 11:22 am

Would a blowtorch applied to the superglue burn it off quite quickly?

April 10, 2022 9:48 am

C5H5NO2 is the chemical formula for superglue.

Note that it contains elemental unsequestered carbon and the air pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Gluing yourself to a building by using superglue as a protest against climate change is as hypocritical as flying to the protest event while wearing synthetic fabrics.

It is always amusing to watch protestors delude themselves into thinking they are “saving the planet” through their actions. They should all commit mass suicide instead if they were genuinely serious about making a difference.

John Garrett
April 10, 2022 9:54 am

She’s a nutjob— and she’s beyond redemption.

When she glued herself to Shell’s office building, she should have been left there.

It is evidently quite possible to graduate from Oxford without learning anything— just as it is obviously possible to graduate from Harvard College with no knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics or economics (see Al Gore, Bill McKibben and Amy Goodman).

Stuart Hamish
Reply to  John Garrett
April 10, 2022 8:22 pm

She may well be a millenarian ‘nut-job’ .She is certainly delusional and race obsessed ….So why is the Extinction Rebellion cult so popular among psychologists and psychiatrists ?

Bruce Cobb
April 10, 2022 10:43 am

She’s a Rebel Without a Clue.

April 10, 2022 11:50 am

Someone should tell those ER stooges that their big green banner is made from, GASP!, petroleum.

Craig from Oz
April 11, 2022 12:56 am

What I like about articles like this is how they often openly explain the actual problems yet fail to notice.

…because of disagreements with other leaders.

Yup. You join a Left Group, in which you all agree that everything can be solved if ONLY everyone else would let you be in charge… and then wonder why you collapse internally because no one can agree who should really be in charge and exactly what direction they should take.

I also like;

“I never looked back,”

in an article that is focused almost entirely about how our hero has been forced to re-evaluate her directions in life.

Graham Presley
April 11, 2022 3:46 am

tt would be very interesting to find out who had funded the 30 years of futility ? Politicians promising one thing and delivering another is hardly a surprise surely? Was she so naive as to believe in her cause to the extent that practical considerations just didn’t occur to her?
It’s very sad, but someone paid for her to keep body and soul together, a case could be made for her having been exploited, but by whom?

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