The best part about all of this is that in the time since President Trump's election the voices of climate alarm have reached entirely new levels of hysteria. It's just that it seems that they aren't scaring anybody any more.

http://manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2017/2/4/climate-alarmism-doesnt-seem-to-be-working-any-more

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Schools' Low Carbon Day - illegal here, illegal in Germany, illegal everywhere?

The now 'disappeared' Schools' Low Carbon Day (1) may be an example of an illegal intervention in schools, one forbidden by the Education Act of 1996.  This same act led to a legal decision awarded against Albert Gore's film 'An Inconvenient Truth' (2):


'The decision by the government to distribute Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth has been the subject of a legal action by New Party member Stewart Dimmock.  The Court found that the film was misleading in nine respects and that the Guidance Notes drafted by the Education Secretary’s advisors served only to exacerbate the political propaganda in the film.  In order for the film to be shown, the Government must first amend their Guidance Notes to Teachers to make clear that 1.) The Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. 2.) If teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination. 3.) Nine inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.'

Another political party in the UK, UKIP, has recently suggested that Schools' Low Carbon Day may also be illegal (3):

'The event, held on June 24, focuses on teaching children how to reduce their carbon footprint in the interests of stopping global warming and even encourages schoolchildren to drink less milk because cows produce greenhouse gases.
UKIP’s joint deputy leader said: “The notion that environmental pressure groups disguised as concerned parents should infiltrate 1,600 schools with a political propaganda message dressed up as scientific concern for the planet is contrary to the provision of the education acts, which forbid political activity in schools.
“It is now apparent that global warming is not happening at the predicted rate and it is now increasingly understood among scientists that the rapid but not unprecedented rate of warming from 1976 to 2001 was chiefly of natural and not of human origin.
“Even if the UN‘s alarmist and wildly exaggerated estimates on the warming effect of co2 are correct, shutting the global economy down completely for half a century would do no more than prevent less than 1°C of warming – at a hideous cost not only to human lives worldwide but also to the environment itself.”


I noted that on the now defunct website, Greg Clarke MP, former Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was quoted as supporting the initiative:
'It is our children and grandchildren that will be most affected by climate change. We have a duty to equip them to deal with the challenges that it presents, and ‘Schools' Low Carbon Day’ works towards this goal.'


Breaking another law, several sites described the people behind Low Carbon Day, 'Mothers Against Climate Change', or 'Cool the World', as a 'registered charity', which it is not.  Here are the sites:

http://www.healthypages.co.uk/newsitem.php?news=6265
http://ethicalandgreen.com/2010/03/29/schools-low-carbon-day/
http://naturalmatters.net/news-view.asp?news=4151
http://www.ukteachersforums.co.uk/archive/index.php?t-420417.html
http://www.newportlearn.net/caerleon/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=152
http://breastfeedingmums.typepad.com/breastfeedingmums_blog/2010/03/schools-low-carbon-day-launches-to-educate-1-million-children-about-climate-change-.html
http://www.greenlivingtips.com/blogs/510/Schools-Low-Carbon-Day.html


 
Here is a school which seems to have taken part.
http://www.wolverley.worcs.sch.uk/2010/06/21/low-carbon-week-21st-25th-june/




Meanwhile, in Germany it is also illegal to engage in political indoctrination in schools.  Here are two examples (4):


In Germany departments of education in all states have their schools spread the message that the country is endangered by “climate change”. So a documentary of Report M├╝nchen (a political magazine in a public German TV channel) of 2007 showed an activist of a German campaign group telling young students in Bremen that their City (elev. 12m) would eventually be swallowed by “rising sea level”. In our next study we will have a closer look at such activities which are illegal by German law.  

We found a perfect  example of green climate indoctrination in the German state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg. Selected 8th-graders were detached to a private enterprise and brainwashed for 8 days each to become “Student Mentors for Climate Protection”, with the task to mobilize their co-students for participation in all kinds of greenish activity. Costs are shared between the Ministery of Education and Ministery of Environment. That the Code of Education in that state prohibits any kind of political indoctrination ...was apparently [overlooked] by those ministers who compete for environmental image.'


If any of these examples can be adequately substantiated, I hope that someone somewhere will be in a position to take some legal action in order to help reduce the risk of this sort of nonsense happening again and again.


(4) Quote taken from notes 1) and 2) in the References of the report 'Rescue from the Climate Saviors', downloadable via: http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2010/06/rescue-from-climate-saviors.html