- Member of the Board SANI SA January 2008 – Present (4 years 11 months)
- Founder/Director Planet Agents January 2008 – Present (4 years 11 months)
- Harvard University Masters in Public Policy, Environmental Policy, Government Strategy, Media 2004 – 2006
- University of Bath BSc in Management, Business 1996 – 2000”
To revolutionize the role children play in the environmental movement, empowering
them to become a real force for change in their home, school and community.
To achieve this by…
• By enabling children to harness their power in bringing about positive environmental action.
• By making saving the planet a game and social activity, offering kids the chance to take on the role of Planet Agents and undertake fun “Top Secret Missions” to green their home, school and wider community.
|Planet Agents http://www.planetagents.org/|
Please leave them alone, Elena. They have a childhood to enjoy and do not need to share your fears of the future, nor your ambitions to manipulate their parents. Adults have done a pretty impressive job of improving living standards, improving health, improving the environment, and making use of cost-effective ways of mass-producing electricity. They will continue to do so, and looking out for the wellbeing of their own and other people’s children will be an important part of it. Perhaps if people like Elena, no doubt as well-intentioned as anyone could be in wanting to 'protect the planet', would engage more with adults and try to persuade them directly of her concerns it would be better than trying to do so via their children.
Why do they do it?
A pyschotherapist speculated last year about reasons why people might target children in this way:
'But the deeper question is – why are adults so keen to focus on children? Why concentrate on the weakest, least influential members of society and ask them to act? The answer I think lies in the process psychoanalysis calls projection where unwanted feelings or parts of the self are split off and attributed to somebody else. “I’m not angry/selfish/mean/neglectful – you are/he is/she is/they are.”
Climate change makes most adults working on it feel powerless. We compare the actions we are capable of with the scale of the problem and feel weak. We look at the extent of our influence and feel helpless. We struggle to combat our contrary desires to consume and feel shame. We feel like children. Children – who are actually socially and politically powerless – are an ideal receptacle for the projection of these uncomfortable and unacceptable feelings.
By focusing on the weakest members of society and influencing them, the not-very-powerful adults make themselves feel better at the expense of the absolutely-not-powerful children. By making them act, we prove that we are not as powerless as we feel .’
Alternative explanations include 'noble cause corruption', or just the plain self-righteousness and arrogance of the zealot. More research into this area of climate alarmism would be very welcome.
Some other posts relevant to this:
(1) Creating 'little climate activists' in UK schools
(3) Why do they pick on children? Some thoughts here: