'The environmentalism of my daughter’s preschool is a force-fed potpourri of myth, superstition, and ritual that has much in common with the least reputable varieties of religious Fundamentalism.'
Steven Landsberg, quoted in https://www.aei.org/publication/why-naive-environmentalism-is-like-religious-fundamentalism/
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
The distinguished presenter of TV programmes and talks on mathematics and science for children has just been on a daytime news programme on UK TV, showing a brief movie about his views, and being interviewed. The transcipt is over at GWPF: http://www.thegwpf.org/opinion-pros-a-cons/2563-johnny-ball-why-are-we-scaring-our-kids-to-death.html
He asks 'Why are we scaring our kids to death?'
So, why are we? And who is doing it? The school curriculum seems obsessed with violence, tragedy, and disasters such as National Socialism and WWII, fatuous talk of CAGW, and pollution of various kinds, and of course the counter-progressive mush of 'sustainability'. Who is it that is so determined to give our children a poor view of humanity and our prospects? They want to 'make little activists'. Why do we let them within a mile of young minds and spirits?
Well done Johnny Ball for taking this fight into that heart of the 'liberal' darkness, the BBC.
The Sun, 26th February, 2011.
A more considered, but equally heartfelt piece on this topic is to be found in The Spectator magazine:
'It’s another powerful, and depressing tale of the woeful state of climate science. Real science welcomes refutation: with global warming, it is treated as a religion. As they say in their cover story:
“Nature’s original peer-review process had let through an obviously flawed paper, and no professional climate scientist then disputed it - perhaps because of fear that doing so might harm their careers. As the title of Richard Bean’s new play - The Heretic - at the Royal Court hints, young scientists going into climate studies these days are a bit like young theologians in Elizabethan England. They quickly learn that funding and promotion dries up if you express heterodox views, or doubt the scripture. The scripture, in this case, being the assembled reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” '
and this classic of understated but penetrating insight:
'Science as a philosophy is a powerful, but fragile thing. In the case of climate, it is now in conflict with science as an institution.'