'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/
Friday, 18 December 2015
Monday, 14 December 2015
'Wow. Just wow. Tony Thomas has uncovered the material the AAS provides to thousands of Australian teachers and students under the guise of science education resources. As far as climate science goes, they might as well have hired Greenpeace. '
There’s a special Activity 6.6 Climate change and Politics. “Lesson outcomes: At the end of this activity students will … appreciate the need to lobby at all levels of government to ignite and lead change – even if it is unpopular with the voters.”The young climate zealots are to pester politicians: “Encourage students to engage with a local MP or councillor about science policy, environmental concerns and action. Do they have a voice? How would they vote in light of current policy and action?”
To really catch the teenagers’ interest, the Academy transposes climate instruction into song bymelodysheep, “A musical investigation into the causes and effects of global climate change and our opportunities to use science to offset it. Featuring Bill Nye, David Attenborough, Richard Alley and Isaac Asimov.”The song’s lyrics go:
In “The Experts Speak”, 16 year old students are advised to “Click here to hear some scientific points of view.” What they get is videos of conspiracist Naomi Oreskes (warming sceptics = tobacco lobbyists); Greenpeace Australia/Pacific ex-CEO and Gore-worshipper Linda Selvey; US alarmist teacher Greg Craven (caution: not our ACU vice-chancellor Greg Craven); and a producer of alarmist videos James Balog. Alongside them is a suffering earth-globe holding a sign, “Act Now”.Oreskes should be the front-running joke with her fiction about a mass climate extinction of kittens and puppies in 2023 (not cited in any Academy material). But Craven takes the cake:
Other videos feature Gore himself in another of his error-riddled rants. This time (2009), he claims that worrying climate trends are even worse than scientists predicted, and agonises about polar ice shrinkage –the Academy does not alert kids that Arctic sea ice has recovered strongly and global sea ice trends show nothing abnormal. ( Arctic sea ice extent is now at its highest level for November since at least 2005). The Antarctic, Gore says, “is now in negative ice balance” – it’s actually positive, says NASA .In yet more inaccuracy, Gore claims weather disasters “have been increasing at an absolutely extraordinary and unprecedented rate.”
At the end of term, students are invited to select a (green) world conference to hypothetically attend, including (by backward time travel) the June 2012 Rio+20 Agenda-21-touting jamboree. Links lead them to the preliminary conference on “Degrowth in the Americas” in May 2012 in Montreal, run by and for certifiable eco-lunatics. Aiming for a “post growth healing earth” they want to send Western economies backwards to “avert ecological collapse while enhancing social justice and improving life’s prospects… and build towards a truly prosperous world.” A click away, kids can browse a paper on eco-friendly and humane policies of the Cuban government.Nonsense
At Year 9 (age 15) level, kids are shown an ABC video about Arctic sea ice disappearing, with plenty of spooky music and shots of melting ice. An unnamed scientist intones, “There is a group that makes a very strong case that in 2012 or 2013 we will have an ice-free Arctic – as soon as that!” Reality: the 2013 minimum figure was about 5.1 million square km of ice. Have science teachers been pointing that out – or might such objectivity hurt their careers?Excuses?
It may seem a wonder that none of 9000 high school science teachers (let alone Academicians of integrity) has had the wit or integrity to complain to the Academy about force-feeding climate-activism to students. Those with qualms may be relying on the Nuremberg defence – “I was following union orders”. The all-powerful teachers’ unions have not only endorsed “action on climate change” and “lobbying in support of a sustainable low carbon economy” but proffered to teachers their own “Environment Resources and Action kit” and backed a Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) climate campaign based on “a union perspective”.
Note added 17 Dec: Tony Thomas has done a lot of research this year into those who wish to recruit children as footsoldiers for their cause. As well as the post linked to above, there are these:
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Britain's schools are force-feeding pupils politically correct dogma about sexuality, climate change and British history
Brainwashing techniques included removing previous sources of support for an individual, and for children this generally means parents and close family members. By rubbishing them through rubbishing our history, blaming them for global warming, and causing utter confusion about sexuality, the children are made more vulnerable to the imposition of the preferred dogmas. The addition of scaremongering brings another technique into play, that of fear - fear of the future, fear of what happen if these preferred dogmas are not adopted.
"Nowhere, perhaps, is the march of the Mind Police more evident than in the way virtually the whole curriculum has been hijacked by environmental issues.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Yours truly played a minor role in this, mainly just encouraging the others and promising to do more in the future. Theirs was the original idea, and theirs the energy that got it launched.
Earlier this year (27 April post), I said I was going to post less often here, but that I would maintain the blog - especially the reference Pages - when I came across relevant material. I also mentioned a couple of posts I had mind to publish soon. I have not done those yet, but instead I have put up a few easier-to-do reactions to or reports on other people's work. I still hope to do the promised posts, and others from time to time.
This new blog suits me, and the others behind it, in that by sharing the work, we hope to keep it lively and frequently updated so that it becomes a popular place to visit. How dull, after all, is a blog where new posts are few and far between.
From the 'About' page of the new blog, some further explanation:
'The climate sceptic blogosphere is becoming crowded to the point that it’s difficult to keep up. Several of us (all British or UK based so far), are getting weary of the effort of grinding out several articles a month simply in order to remain visible. It’s not that we haven’t got something to say – rather that we’d like to take the time to say it as audibly and as clearly as possible.
Friday, 16 October 2015
Researching the Scares and the Spins: what made one man change his mind about rising CO2 being a crisis
WUWT). He is David Siegel:
'Over the years, I built a set of assumptions: that Al Gore was right about global warming, that he was the David going up against the industrial Goliath. In 1993, I even wrote a book about it.
Recently, a friend challenged those assumptions. At first, I was annoyed, because I thought the science really was settled. As I started to look at the data and read about climate science, I was surprised, then shocked. As I learned more, I changed my mind. I now think there probably is no climate crisis and that the focus on CO2 takes funding and attention from critical environmental problems. I’ll start by making ten short statements that should challenge your assumptions and then back them up with an essay.'
His blog contains a great deal of material to back up his claims, and he is also intent on campaigning to 'educate influential liberals'. The term 'liberal' in the United States is used these days to denote 'leftwing', and that may well include the majority of schoolteachers and academics. Here on this blog we hope that in due course there will be massive efforts to help repair the damage that has been done to the minds and spirits of wave after wave of schoolchildren from recent decades. David Siegel's campaign may well be a crucial early step towards such a pastoral effort actually taking place.
PS Paul Matthews has compiled a list of relatively prominent people who have 'recovered their senses' about climate: https://ipccreport.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/converts-to-scepticism/
Tuesday, 13 October 2015
The problem is sometimes the information is wrong, but perhaps more common is a severe lack of balance.
The fact that the gentle overall warming of the last 150 years or so is generally very beneficial is not acknowledged, whatever combination of factors has caused it. Nor is the positive impact of higher ambient CO2 levels on agricultural productivity often recognised.
When your goal is to scare people to get their attention, I guess you don't want to dilute your messaging. But we who don't care for their tactics nor their cause, need to be ready to respond to them, or at least help reduce the harm they must cause.
A new report from the GWPF provides parents and teachers with help to do that by providing an excellent background briefing on the benefits of CO2.
From their press release:
'... former IPCC delegate Dr Indur Goklany calls for a reassessment of carbon dioxide, which he says has many benefits for the natural world and for humankind.
Dr Goklany said: “Carbon dioxide fertilises plants, and emissions from fossil fuels have already had a hugely beneficial effect on crops, increasing yields by at least 10-15%. This has not only been good for humankind but for the natural world too, because an acre of land that is not used for crops is an acre of land that is left for nature”.'
For those who may want to keep up to date on this topic, or to find out more from the scientific literature about it, this site is invaluable: CO2 Science.
Note added 15 Oct 2015. The reformed ex-Greenpeace leader, Patrick Moore gave the GWPF Annual Lecture last night arguing we should 'celebrate CO2'. Details via this link: http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/10/15/should-we-celebrate-co2-cartoon-notes-by-josh.html
Friday, 28 August 2015
|Screenshot from the video|
Sunday, 23 August 2015
One thing anyone concerned about the harm being done to schoolchildren by climate alarmism must do is help them see how incompetent so many of the prominent pushers of alarm are when it comes to science. The above cartoon would help encourage the youngsters to take the fear-mongers' confident assertions with a pinch of salt, and perhaps just a hint of amused contempt.
Some resources for project work by pupils, parents, or teachers , on the inability of the climate alarm 'community'* to give useful guidance about the future:
*Note added 26 August: I think 'industry' would have been better. It is a very lucrative sector - with fear and alarm essential for continued income.
Note added 26 August: the emotive mess and fatuous prophecies of alarmist personalities is exemplified by the Australian climate clown Tim Flannery. In 2005, he expected the Warragamba catchment and Dam would suffer permanent drought. Then what happened? In 2012, it overflowed. In 2015, it has just overflowed again. See: http://www.climatechangedispatch.com/australia-s-chief-climate-alarmist-fails-in-another-of-his-predictions-after-just-7-10-years.html
Note added 28 August: trying to ride on the back of destructive weather is a hallmark of junk scientists and their followers intent on climate scaremongering, so their claims about hurricanes provide a rich seam of their machinations: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/27/throwback-thursday-5-failed-global-warming-driven-hurricane-predictions-10-years-after-katrina/
Note added 01 September: the UK Met Office has long been a prominent rider on the scaryglobalwarming bandwagon, and has a correspondingly poor record when it comes to forecasting the implications of it for the UK: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/01/another-bbq-summer-fiasco-met-office-gets-it-wrong-again/
Note added 31 October. A handy compilation of 'last chance' forecasts on 'saving the climate' on the Climate Predictions site: :
2001, Bonn 2005, Montreal 2007, Bali 2008, Poznan
2009, Copenhagen 2010, Cancun 2011, Durban 2012, Doha
2013, Warsaw 2014, Lima 2015, Paris
Typical drivel ahead of each of these meetings: 'The scientists are telling us that this is the world’s last shot at avoiding the worst consequences of global warming.'
(hat-tip: http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/10/30/the-last-chance-saloons.html )
Note added 13 November. Anthony Watts has noted that The Independent newspaper has removed their report of the notorious David Viner's ex cathedra prediction that children would not know what snow was: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/11/12/one-of-the-longest-running-climate-prediction-blunders-has-disappeared-from-the-internet/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-the-independent/
He had, fortunately for benefit of the record of all this sort of drivel over the years, kept a copy of the original article: https://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/snowfalls-are-now-just-a-thing-of-the-past-the-independent.pdf
Sunday, 9 August 2015
Climate Scaremongering in 2009. Followed by 6 Years of Negligible Climate Change, Just Like the 10 Years Before Them
Six climate headlines from 2009 that tell us something important ...
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
For the Climate Classroom Wall: let a kangaroo in the snow replace that photo-shopped polar bear on an iceberg.
Record levels of snow in Australia, and elsewhere. People who have never seen snow in their lifetimes in their location have now.
More on it here and here.
A pupil project: find out what the notorious climate clown David Viner had to say about snow, and then how later he headed up climate propaganda efforts at the British Council around the world. How many children must have thought he deserved to be taken seriously? Even adults were fooled by him. Help your pupils avoid such a fate. Here's a starter link to get them going.
Added 12 Aug. More unusual snowfalls in Australia: http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=3916
'From the cities to the bush, this has been one of the coldest, snowiest, miserablest winters anyone can remember.'
Added 08 March 2017: Readers can get updated snow cover charts at http://www.climate4you.com/
For example, this one: