Back in 1949, the songwriters of the musical 'South Pacific' were on to this type of problem in a different context (that of racism):
You've got to be taught to hate and fear
You've got to be taught from year to year
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught
This is highly relevant to the climate-alarm based scaremongering in schools around the world today. This awful phenomenon brings shame on our institutions, and our political leaders, for their generally supine gullibility over decades of absurdly hyped climate alarm. That is bad enough by itself, but the deliberate recruitment, by frightening them, of young children to be vehicles for putting pressure on their parents, and on politicians is particularly disgraceful.
Moral outrage is surely the perspective of those of us who find the case for any level of alarm over CO2 to be an unconvincing one. But even those who believe that some alarm is in order can be appalled by the harm being done to children by eco-zealots of one kind or another. The statistician and economist Bjorn Lomborg is one such. Below are some extract from an article he published today with this headline:
'Decades of climate-change exaggeration in the West have produced frightened children, febrile headlines, and unrealistic political promises'
'Although the students’ passion is admirable, . This is largely the fault of adults, who must take responsibility for frightening children unnecessarily about climate change. It is little wonder that kids are scared when grown-ups paint such a horrific picture of global warming.'
'And some prominent politicians, as well as many activists, have taken the latest reportfrom the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to suggest the .
Journalists are Taking Notice.
Here is a headline from the Washington Times online yesterday:
'Motivated or manipulated? Rise of youth climate activism fuels alarm over exploitation'
The article draws attention to the deliberate plotting that has been going on to make use of children:
(YouTube video, hat-tip: https://cliscep.com/2019/03/08/educating-greta/#comment-34676 )
The second is from the Climate Conversation Group, and is in the form of an open letter, and is a bit more pointed. It begins with these words:
'...You currently ignore reason, evidence and science and the global political system is on the brink of a catastrophe. The devastating effects of your ignorance are felt by millions of people around the globe for we are far from reaching a common understanding of the climate. Yet this can change.
Tomorrow we can expect to accumulate more evidence of the impact of those who want children to be frightened to serve their political ambitions. It will be neither a pretty nor an edifying sight. But it is where we are today.
Note added 15 March 2019. Here is a fourth good effort, re-published today at WUWT. Also in the form of an open letter:
'By Brian Dingwall, New Zealand