I want to provide links to reports, comments, and discussions of children being frightened by what they have been told about climate change or how they have been told it.
The problem of deliberately targeting the very young using scare stories to win their attention and attract them to political causes or even actions was described in the context of many eco-scares by Herbert London in 1984, in his book 'Why Are They Lying to Our Children'. Climate scares get a mention there, but since then we have seen many quite outrageous efforts by climate activists to, in Lomberg's words, scare 'our kids silly'. He also noted (this is 2009): 'We see the same pattern in the United Kingdom, where a survey showed that half of young children aged between seven and 11 are anxious about the effects of global warming, often losing sleep because of their concern. This is grotesquely harmful. And let us be honest. This scare was intended. Children believe that global warming will destroy the planet before they grow up because adults are telling them that .'
There is some sign that the disgraceful targeting may become less common, now that some researchers have found (2014) that it does not help 'the cause': 'Alarmist claims about the impact of global warming are contributing to a loss of trust in climate scientists, an inquiry has found. Apocalyptic language has been used about greenhouse gas emissions as “a deliberate strategy by some to engage public interest”. However, trying to make people reduce emissions by frightening them has “harmful consequences” because they often respond suspiciously or decide the issue is “too scary to think about”. The inquiry, by a team of senior scientists from a range of disciplines, was commissioned by University College London to find better ways of informing the public about climate science.' (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/environment/article4128107.ece) The report from UCL is available as a pdf here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/public-policy/Policy_Commissions/Communication-climate-science/Communication-climate-science-report/TIME_FOR_CHANGE_Final_Proof.pdf
'Schneiderian Scenarios No Longer Cool', in other words. Shame on them all. They will look for other ways to promote their interests. As we noted in 'Climate Control' (2014):
'.. the discovery that fear is a poor means of persuasion seems only to have engendered a determination amongst activist teachers to find more insidious ways to recruit children to their cause'
A recent overview with thoughtful insights of child-scaring and reports of eco-anxiety is given here: https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/09/19/scaring-children-witless/
'Charities 'spread scare stories on climate change to boost public donations'http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/3339550/Charities-spread-scare-stories-on-climate-change-to-boost-public-donations.html#
The newspaper headline is derived from this report (pdf) from researchers at the University of Oxford, and the newspaper article ends with quoting a glib remark: 'Bryony Worthington, a climate campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said: "The biodiversity research group cannot really claim that it constituted crying wolf, as there is potential for the worst-case scenarios to be realised." ' So, by this logic, since the crowded theatre has the potential for it, shouting 'Fire!' is the thing to do. She went on to be the main labouring wordsmith in the putting together of the UK's Climate Change Act passed in 2008.
#2006. A report on UN plans to scare children for political purposes:
Quote is from article by Kathy Griffiths
Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra ACT
#2007 A postgraduate student in Oxford gets it 'This should be a wake-up call for all the purveyors of the ‘politics of fear’. Children are, naturally, relatively powerless and likely to feel overwhelmed by the challenges facing mankind. But as adults, we should have a greater sense of our own collective power to master problems and build better societies. Not only does jumping from one panic to another, each with disastrous consequences – mobile phone radiation, BSE, SARS, crime, paedophilia, terrorism, bird flu, global warming – diminish our own sense of agency, by turning childhood dreams of utopia into nightmarish visions of the future it is teaching the citizens of the future all the wrong lessons.'
Turning Children Green with Fear : http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/2950/
#2007 More anecdotal evidence: 'In one online discussion of the problem, Lisa from Perth in Scotland reports that her kids are so worried about climate change that they have even asked her if she still wants to be cremated.' Quote from above link: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php?/site/article/2950/
#2007 Why do campaigners target children with fearful tales? Here is a post on an Australian site about early childhood which addresses the question 'Why do young children need to know about climate change?'. I include it here as a source of insight into the mentality and some of the arguments used: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/resource_themes/sustainability_global_warming_and_climate_change/why_do_young_children_need_to_know_about_climate_change.html
Extract 'With children over three, adults can begin to discuss the reasons these practices are needed. This encourages deeper learning, where children become critical thinkers, helping them to understand the impact that our actions have on the planet'
#2007 A UK study of primary school children found extensive evidence in its 'soundings' of children scared about climate change: 'The soundings programme as a whole was pervaded by a sense of deep pessimism about the future, to which children themselves were not immune. Many expressed concern about climate change, global warming and pollution,...' (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/12_10_2007primary.pdf)
But this was not reflected in the final report, whose author instead chose to assert that such fears were alleviated in schools where efforts were made to get children to do things: 'On the other hand, two major and more positive findings from our community soundings study are definitely worth repeating here. First, for many children and families it is the schools which provide the security, support, sense of purpose, positive values and sense of community which may be in decline outside the school gates. Second, pessimism turned to hope when witnesses felt they had the power to act. So, for example, the children who were most confident that climate change would not overwhelm them were those whose primary schools had decided to replace unfocused fear by factual information and practical strategies for energy reduction and sustainable living. As we said at the time, there’s an important lesson here, for Government as well as for schools.' (http://www.robinalexander.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Childhood-lecture-2.pdf). Note the sinister pushing of getting schools to come between parents and children with 'strategies for energy reduction and sustainable living'.
#2008 A paper in a mental health journal 'Hope, despair and transformation: Climate change and the promotion of mental health and wellbeing', one that takes the alarm over climate at face value (does such naivity occur over other speculations?). Extract:
'It is likely that many children are aware of the threat of climate change. However, it is also quite likely that they are confused about the facts and the magnitude of the threat they personally face, and might feel anxious, concerned or confused. Worries and anxieties about these threats can become difficult for children of all ages to deal with.'
#2008 Pre-traumatic stress disorder. Something being inflicted every day on children around the world about climate change? "The triple-threat posed by today's impending energy, climate and financial crises can steal our conception of the future, rob us of who we believe we are, and threaten our sense of normalcy. The result is an eco-anxiety that, as Richard Heinberg has pointed out, might best be defined as a pre-traumatic stress syndrome." http://eco-anxiety.blogspot.co.uk/2008/04/eco-anxiety-pre-traumatic-stress.html
#2008 Psychiatrist promotes distress 'for a given audience' as his contribution to spreading the climate scaremongering:
Hat-tip Ben Pile (2018): https://cliscep.com/2018/01/31/green-blob-gravy-train-at-pidcock-corner/#comment-21909
#2009 A somewhat similar-looking paper here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/news/news_details.php?news_id=1240&year=2009 Extract: 'The knowledge of man-made climate change could in itself have adverse effects on individual psychological well-being.'
#2009 An article by Lomborg contains reports of frightened children, and begins with this paragraph:
'The continuous presentation of scary stories about global warming in the popular media makes us unnecessarily frightened. Even worse, it terrifies our kids.'
# This site (http://www.breadandbutterscience.com/LEM.htm )has materials on various environmental false alarms and scares, including a subsection entitled
Prolonged Psychological Fear Based on Unfounded/Distorted Claims
# The Global Warming Science (Appinsys) site has relevant materials in its 'Fear' page: http://www.appinsys.com/globalwarming/Fear.htm
# The psychology page of that site is also relevant, since as far as I can see, psychologists and their organisations have collaborated with rather than resisted the climate scaremongering, as have other professions such as PR agencies: http://www.appinsys.com/GlobalWarming/AGW_Psychology.htm
#2011 Academic study of anxiety, depression etc caused by climate alarmism: 'The two Queensland University of Technology investigators say their results reveal that the public is "becoming increasingly concerned about climate change" and that there is a relationship between this concern and symptoms that are "indicative of depression, anxiety and stress." They say that individuals "are finding information about climate change increasingly difficult to cope with, and the resulting negative thoughts and feelings are contributing to the development and maintenance of clinical levels of depressive and anxious symptoms." They also note that the majority of the study participants "were more concerned about climate change now than they were three, five and ten years ago, reflecting the increasing concern shown in the media and the more commonly used discourses of our time relating to fear, danger and catastrophe." In addition, they report that "all ages felt equally as helpless, hopeless and powerless," and that "greater overall distress in the younger age groups may reflect the increasing tendency to teach climate change themes in school curriculae." '
It's called nihilism, and it's even more terrifying to witness in your teenage children than hickeys, drunkenness, truancy, insolence, idleness, bad marks or bullying. Nihilism, or the conviction that life on Earth is totally pointless, saps the young of their energy, their ambition, and their will to strive, struggle and triumph.' Extract from an online article by Rowan Dean, 17 August 2011.
#2012 Ubiquitous fear. A review of a new book on fear of chemicals, but which seems to have relevance for climate scares. Reviewer concludes 'Given all that, I fundamentally agree with Entine and the Council’s position. Too much junk science is pushed by activists and attorneys. Too many journalists and now bloggers and commenters are eager to scare the beJesus out of us in order to attract eyeballs and be seen as crusaders. Too many politicians care little about the science and what is real in their eagerness to be seen as the white knights out to save us all. Too many educators and academic scientists pass on their 1960s and 1970s values of distrust. The result is a world filled with false fears. It is endemic in our youth in particular. It is evident in far too many anonymous comments on the web. There is outrage, fear and mistrust that is stoked by too many institutions and fear mongers who have much to gain.'
#2012 A committed collaborator in climate scaremongering, the Washington Post carries a report on a survey suggesting young people are less concerned about the environment than the scaremongers (which seems to include most of the political class) would really like. I suspect it is a defensive alienation due to the relentless junk they and their teachers have been exposed to over the past 40 years beginning with Carson, then Ehrlich, Limits to Growth, and more recently the CO2 Alarm Bandwagon - the biggest junk and junket of all of them. Extract:
'CHICAGO — They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today’s young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young.
The findings go against the widespread belief that environmental issues have hit home with today’s young adults, known as Millennials, who have grown up amid climate change discussion and the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle.” The environment is often listed among top concerns of young voters.
“I was shocked,” said Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University who is one of the study’s authors. “We have the perception that we’re getting through to people. But at least compared to previous eras, we’re not.”
This study, published online this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, looked at the life goals, concern for others and civic orientation of three young generations — baby boomers, Generation X and Millennials.
Based on two long-standing national surveys of high school seniors and college freshmen, Twenge and her colleagues found a decline over the past four decades in young people’s trust in others, their interest in government and the time they said they spent thinking about social problems.'
#2012 A strong appeal for an end of climate scaremongering: http://endthelie.com/2012/12/10/a-clockwork-green-terrorizing-children-using-climate-change
#2012 (year published on YouTube). A compilation of clips about climate which begins with statements from frightened children (from Not Evil Just Wrong) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keDtanExdrc
#2013 From what seems to be an obscure teacher-training college in Boston, here is an appeal for an increase in climate scaremongering: http://wheelockglobalcauses.org/health-care/global-warming-time-to-scare-people/
'Last year, an anxious, depressed 17-year-old boy was admitted to the psychiatric unit at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. He was refusing to drink water. Worried about drought related to climate change, the young man was convinced that if he drank, millions of people would die. The Australian doctors wrote the case up as the first known instance of "climate change delusion."
Robert Salo, the psychiatrist who runs the inpatient unit where the boy was treated, has now seen several more patients with psychosis or anxiety disorders focused on climate change, as well as children who are having nightmares about global-warming-related natural disasters.'
#2009. More examples reported from Australia in this newspaper article, which includes this paragraph:
'But experts have called for caution in teaching children about climate change because of the potential for fear, anxiety, frustration, anger and despair at catastrophic events.'
'Schoolchildren raised running out of drinking water, rising sea levels and the extinction of polar bears in a survey on their views last year.
"Children of that age should not be thinking the world is coming to an end," Sydney father-of-three Andrew Potter, 35, said.
"It is a form of propaganda."
#2009 Read this 'letter to a child' by a demented academic called Hamilton, confusingly entitled 'a letter to your father' as a particularly reprehensible example of scaremongering and propagandising aimed at the young: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/28372.html Many comments are, thank goodness, quite scathing. For example from 'wombat': 'Can I get an AVO to keep this creepy guy at least 100 metres from my kids' school and playground?'
# 2010. Here is a climate activist who pauses to reflect after scaring at least one child with her climate materials:
"I finish up with my workshop and the students start trickling away to lunch. One boy hangs back, and raises his hand. He asks his question in a low voice, not wanting others to hear:
‘What’s actually going to happen with climate change? Is the world just going to burn up?’
For a moment the rawness of his fear renders me speechless. There is no way for me to instantly communicate what I need to; that the future he faces is uncertain, but within that uncertainty there is the possibility of a more just and sustainable world."
Now she doesn't for a moment question what she is doing or the flimsy basis for it in science, nor does she wonder long about the harm she is doing to children. Instead she reverts back to propaganda mode, and with an astonishing, but sadly all too common, degree of assurance, spells out that more climate indoctrination is required in the curriculum, under the guise of 'sustainability' of course. She, the writer, is a victim of the CO2 scam, and she is setting out to create more by targeting the young.
Original report here: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/todays-students-face-tomorrows-climate-problems-20100305-pn2e.html
#2011 Sydney school play. Not clear if the children were scared by this play, but it was clearly intended to scare both them and their parents http://www.nocarbontax.com.au/2011/08/school-play-preaches-climate-catastrophism-to-our-young/ (hat-tip 28 Feb 2012, Jo Nova) '“This was a deliberate attempt to link global warming alarmism to unrelated geological catastrophes. Presenting our children with such inaccurate information through subtle innuendo, whether through science class or theatre, is completely unacceptable in the context of an educational institution”, continued Mr Koutalianos. He continued, “The science has been politicized and is disputed and our children should not have to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Climate/carbon propaganda should be kept out of our schools, until the adults sort out the truth from the lies.”'
Herbert London penned a volume back in 1984 entitled, Why Are They Lying To Our Children? In it he looked at how the classroom has become a battleground, as our children are being intimidated and threatened with a lot of Green agitprop.
He began his book this way: “War, famine, environmental disasters, material shortages, and a declining quality of life – that’s what schoolchildren are being taught to expect in their futures. What these grim and mostly inaccurate forecasts are doing to their lives I don’t know for sure. But I do know this: Our children are absorbing excessively negative misinformation.”
#2013 ' Why are there so many stupid people in the world continuing to emit greenhouse gases without considering my future (again, highly paraphrased from 5-year old syntax)? You know, I couldn’t honestly answer, because these are the same questions I’ve been asking myself for years. Do
#2017. A grown-up victim of the CO2 Scaremongering said her fears made her want to become a climate scientist so presumably she was anxious about climate as a child in high school. http://www.smh.com.au/comment/im-worried-having-a-baby-will-make-climate-change-worse-20170314-guxtqq.html Her hypocrisy re childbearing is mentioned here along with another example from the States: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/19/aussie-climate-scientist-having-a-baby-is-an-ethical-entanglement/ A more sympathetic view of the poor woman's plight is taken here: http://joannenova.com.au/2017/03/all-australians-are-detrimental-climate-scientist-worries-that-her-baby-will-cause-floods-droughts-and-warm-globe/
#2018 Demonstrations using children. A result of successful brainwashing in Australian schools - pupils taking the day off from school to parrot the usual tripe about climate catastrophe. No doubt many are genuinely scared.
'It's really scary for us, to see how it's going to impact our future," she said, citing fears about rising sea levels and extreme weather events.'
And of course the campaigners behind these events will use them to up the ante with politicians to try to keep their bandwagon rolling along. Fortunately the wheels on it might almost be gone now, and only inertia is keeping it going - one can but hope.
#2019 More madness, sadness, and dismay. What has been done to children using climate scaremongering:
'Thousands of students have skipped school in Belgium to join a march greater demanding action on climate change.'
#2019 The lunacy continues: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-47070853
#2007 'The amount of propaganda poured into the heads of little children in the name of education is astonishing. Case in point: I just received a letter from a little girl in elementary school asking why I don't believe in global
#2011. Not directly about a frightened child, but certainly about an anxious one, and certainly about the lengths that some teachers will go to get compliance with their eco-notions:
'...his parents discover that he has been excluded from taking part in a draw (in which a stuffed toy was the prize) because an earlier sandwich had been similarly packaged in a supposedly environmentally unfriendly plastic bag...'
#2014 'McLean, a normally upbeat youth, is painfully aware of the sheer power of Mother Nature and the carnage its fury can wreak. She’s now anxious about what we’re doing to our environment. “I volunteered to take an active role in my school’s Model United Nations, which is studying the impact climate change is having on our planet,” she said.'
#2012 A blog post on climate scare stories and children. Concludes that the cult of climate apocalypse should be banned from schools. http://kremlik.blog.idnes.cz/c/250261/Strach-z-oteplovani-privadi-lidi-na-psychiatrii-a-desi-deti.html
#2012 ' February 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm
It’s the same in Germany. My friends 10 year old son recently came home from school and told his mum that he wished he had never been born. When she asked why he said we are killing the planet, I don’t deserve to live.
That’s what this brainwashing is doing to kids. Kids who should be looking forward to life, as I was at his age.
It’s a crime against the young and vulnerable.'
#2010 'It doesn’t matter what the science turns up. The enviro-brainwashers aren’t interested in it. They are into changing behaviour – getting everybody to believe their phoney doomsday scenarios and have them behave in fear accordingly. It hardly can get worse. Their target with the little ones is to turn them into greenshirts' Details here: http://notrickszone.com/2010/11/01/climate-change-dis-education-at-german-primary-schools/
#2009 A study in 2007 'in the German federal state of Hessen. 9-14 years old children where asked
to descrive their emotions while following the discussion about climate change. Classifying the emotions in different clusters the results show that children mainly experience consequence-based, prospective emotions like “fear of destruction” and ethic-based, self related emotions like „a bad conscience“, but accordingly climate related emotions have no negative impact on the children’s general well-being.'
Source: Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions IOP Publishing
IOP Conf. Series: Earth and Environmental Science 6 (2009) 572002 doi:10.1088/1755-1307/6/7/572002 http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1755-1307/6/57/572002
#2012 'Global warming and melting glaciers will have damaging effects on the planet without exception to any individual or country' 14-year old from Goa
#2019 'I’ve learned about climate change from my parents, from school and from the news. The story I hear is that it’s a big issue but we don’t have to do anything about it right now. I feel pretty bad about that message. If we keep going like this the world will only last for another hundred years or so, which really isn’t long enough.' 12-year old in Ireland.
#2019 A young woman looks back on her childhood fears: 'When I was a primary school student, I wanted to choose global warming (climate change) as the theme for my independent summer research project. But my father told me the problem was too big and complicated. He suggested that I should choose something more manageable.
I was an introspective little girl with almost no friends at school, a girl who spent her days doing little but gaze at insects. The articles I read about global warming in science magazines for kids shocked me. I fell asleep each night fearing that the town where I lived would be flooded, or struck by droughts that would bring on a famine.'
Fortunately for her, her high school experience seems to have been better, but she seems on the turn again in this article about some chap who wants to abolish war and have all the armies of the world dedicated to fixing the climate instead:https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/culture/2019/08/142_274290.html
#2012 Scaring the young is a clear goal of climate extremists, and then seeking out some of them to be 'poster-children' is just a PR move. Here is a report of one 17-year old who won a competition to speak at the Rio festival of fatuous malevolent pomposity by saying this “What kind of a future do I want? Frankly, I’d just be happy to have a future — to have that guaranteed — because right now, it’s not.”: http://grist.org/politics/seventeen-year-old-tells-world-leaders-to-step-up-give-her-a-future/
[hat-tip: Tom Nelson]
#2014 An academic paper based on a survey of schoolchildren notes 'On the effects of climate change, the children believed that poverty, low agricultural production, reduction in care of livestock, increased vector-borne diseases and water-borne diseases, poor water quality, bush burning, extraction of fuel wood, drowning, malnutrition, school drop-out, mental and physical trauma are the results of climate change.'
So pretty much all that's bad is due to climate change!! Do the academics conclude that something needs to be done to help these children get a more sensible perspective? No, of course not. They conclude that the children are ripe for more propaganda. Imagine if they get the British Council in, or Friends of the Earth, to explain that it is all due to the western world. What further poisoning of the children's views would take place!
Note. After making this entry, I came across this post about agriculture booming in Africa: https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/how-agriculture-is-booming-in-africa/ I wonder what the children would make of that?
#2017. Children being exploited by fanatics intent on legal action to promote climate alarm and the associated damaging policy prescriptions. Most of the children were upset by the recent forest fires in Portugal, and that seems to have attracted the interest of the fanatics:
Let us hope this is not a new template for the fanatics: look out for disasters and tragedies associated with weather, and recruit children there to front legal actions.
#2013 'a recent study by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) showed that 80 percent of Sweden’s young people (ages 15-25) worry about how climate change will affect their future. Moreover, half of the respondents think about climate change once a week or more often, and no less than 25 percent experience stomach pains or unhappiness when they do so.'. That'll have the WWF schemers wondering they are going to get through to the remaining 20% with their scaremongering.
#2018 'A 15-year old Swedish girl is protesting global warming by engaging in a school strike for climate action and refusing to attend her classes. Greta Thunberg declared that it was pointless to attend her classes due to the impending “climate crisis.” '
#2006 Climate change is kids' top fear - the headline of a piece on the Children's BBC site (CBBC). This would be seen as a good result by the schemers at the BBC who wish to be leading the way in saving the world from climate change The piece is reporting on an RM School Gate Survey:
"The results showed three quarters of 11 to 14-year-olds worry about climate change, compared to 41% who are worried about going out with someone.
And it looks like you lot aren't just all talk - 63% turn off the lights when you leave a room, 82% of you recycle, and 75% say we should recycle more.
The survey quizzed 1,554 kids on their views on the environment."
# 2007. More examples, and some insight into people who choose to frighten children for their own ends:
'If the aim of the politics of environmentalism is to scare people, then it has succeeded. Green writer George Monbiot declared in his book Heat that he wanted to ‘make people so depressed about the state of the planet that they stay in bed all day, thereby reducing their consumption of fossil fuels’. He may not succeed in keeping people in bed all day, but the panic that he and other environmentalists are helping to foster does seem to be keeping kids awake in their beds at night.
'Climate change alarmists like Schneider, Al Gore, or George Monbiot (to name just a few), have spent the past decade forcing global warming nightmares down children’s throats. Now surprise, surprise, children are having real nightmares about the hypothetical problems relating to global warming. If anything, as Lee Jones rightfully argued, this 'should be a wake-up call for all the purveyors of the ‘politics of fear’. However, the UK education secretary Alan Johnson has more eco-brainwashing plans for manipulating, and micromanaging the lives of British children. The plans are part of a new major review of the secondary school curriculum, with an added new emphasis on... you guessed it - climate change....
I'll leave the last words to Alice, a seemingly frightened 10 year old from Plymouth, who wrote in to CBBC Newsround programme to talk about what scares her and keeps her awake at night - I wonder where she got this idea from?
"I fear that the gases all around me that are poisoning our earth and atmosphere can either kill me or kill anmials while we sleep because if that's what they're doing to the earth they could do it to me!" '
#2007 A British supermarket does a survey of children, and here is a report of their findings:
'Children losing sleep over global warming Published Date: 23 February 2007 By ALAN JONES
The most feared consequences of global warming included poor health, the possible submergence of entire countries and the welfare of animals.
Most of those polled in the survey by supermarket chain Somerfield understood the benefits of recycling - although one in ten thought it was linked to riding a bike.
Pete Williams, of Somerfield, said: "Kids are exposed to the hard facts as much as anybody. While many adults may look the other way, this study should show that global warming is not only hurting the children of the future, it's affecting the welfare of kids now." '
Note the ruthless arrogance of the Somerfield spokesman.
# 2007: The Primary Review Regional Witness Sessions
'A review from Cambridge University, reported early in October in 2007, suggests that too much pressure on today’s primary school children is leading to stress and anxiety. The independently funded Primary Review is based in the university’s faculty of education and is an interim report which will be followed by a further 31, before the final, full report in 2008. What we have is a small part of the whole, but the words ‘anxiety’ and ‘stress’ should set alarm bells ringing. Is this what primary education is about? Are we really developing an education system where increasingly effective teaching is raising standards only to make children stressed and anxious? If this is the case, can we just carry on regardless, or do we need to think carefully about what we are doing?
What does the review say?
The review suggests that today’s primary school children are suffering from stress and deep anxiety about modern life. National tests, combined with concerns about anti-social behaviour and climate change are forcing children to grow up too soon.'
More details here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7039966.stm
and here: http://www.primaryreview.org.uk/media/media_archive_2007.php
#2008 'My work is in plant response to climate change, when eco-systems shut down. I was at school when I went to a lecture by an Exxon Mobil executive and I was terrified. I thought I have to do something useful with my life, so I moved into biology.' Confessions of an activist! But she'll need to take care over referencing Exxon Mobil, since her movement sees it as bad, bad, bad. More on her and similar victims of the scaremongering here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/dec/14/environmental-activists-climate-change
#2009 Deliberate scaring of children by the government's tv advert campaign led to many complaints about frightened children. Indeed their video featured a scared child being read a scary tale of climate nonsense. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/oct/16/complaints-government-climate-change-ad
# 2009. The BBC is notorious for having chosen to promote the scare about CO2 as if it was 'settled science'. The link given next is to a site by someone who claimed to have worked as a producer for the BBC, and this seems credible (2 clues: he takes the EU as a good thing which only cranks could oppose, and he has no doubts about climate). His piece begins:
'A friend surprised me this week when she said that a significant number of 7-10 year olds are starting to have nightmares about climate change. “It’s as scary for them as the H-bomb threat was for us.” It set me thinking about what exactly it takes to scare the pants off a generation.'
Why would that surprise anyone who has seen what the BBC have been pushing out. The writer was even part of it. He writes:
'When environmental stories became mainstream, around 1991, we ran a string of them but somehow however hard I tried to sugar coat it, they all had the same implicit ending “… whatever we do, the baby seals are gonna die, and there’s nothing you can do …”
United States of America
#1995 USA Some quotes:
'Melissa Poe, age nine: “Mr. President, if you ignore this letter we will all die of pollution and the ozone layer” (from Newsweek “Just for Kids!?!”).
Catherine Mitchell: “Our Earth is getting hotter every minute and the only way we can stop it is to stop burning styrofoam. I’m also too young to die, might I add, so stop burning the Earth!” (from the FACE newsletter).
Jesse Hornstein, age 10: “No gases! No air pollution! It’s life or death” (from 50 Simple Things).
Adam Adler, age 11: “I think global warming and the greenhouse effect are very bad! What do we want the earth to become, a flaming ball?” (from 50 Simple Things).'
#1999 USA 'Shortly after Earth Day in 1997, for instance, a parent wrote a letter to the New York Times: "I have noticed a disturbing trend. With each passing school year, my children are more convinced that humans and technology are bad for the planet....While teachers are helping to insure a ‘greener’ future, I do not think they understand that children may infer a condemnation of humanity."'
#2006 An example from California:
'During my ephemeral teaching career in Los Angeles, there were numerous troubling examples of educational ludicrousness and lunacy. Of all the examples, the environmental “indoctrination” of my students was the most disconcerting. Doubtlessly, California schools’ obsession with the environment is incomparable with most other states, but the anecdotal evidence I mentally compiled is striking.
It wasn’t only that the students were regularly pulled from my class at inopportune times to have the same information ingrained into their ten year-old psyches, but rather, that the messages a high percentage of these groups pontificated were that human-beings are inherently bad people, animal killers, and we are collectively ruining our once-beautiful earth.
Consider the presentation made by a college theater group from UCLA. Showing no interest in a balanced engagement with the issues, the group instead staged a 20-minute play whose theme can be summarized thusly and unfortunately: Once upon a time, the Earth was beautiful. Then humans came and destroyed it. To appreciate the effect of such simplistic narratives on students, consider the reaction of a confused little girl in my classroom. Visibly upset, she approached me after the play to ask: �Are we really ruining the Earth�? I did my best to explain, as objectively as possible, that the reality was a bit more complicated that the play would have her believe. But this had little effect.'
#2006 'My 8-year-old daughter has just come running to me in a flood of tears. Why? Because she thinks the world is going to end sometime soon and it's the fault of me and, to a lesser extent, my generation. That's why. Why does she think that? Because she takes it for gospel that over bearing boffins like yourself know more than ordinary folk like me. Does it make you feel good? Making an eight-year-old girl with a mouth brace bawl her little eyes out?'
#2007 'Sean Hussey and his twin sister, Erin, are only 9 years old, but they already know all about global warming. And they're worried, very worried. Teachers at their Hillsborough, Calif., school have shown them pictures of melting glaciers. Sean fears that polar bears will be left homeless. "I like polar bears a lot," he explains. Erin is also concerned about what she calls "the animal side" of climate change. "There are lots of animals that shouldn't die," she says. "The humans are the ones who are causing it."'
#2007. Senator Inhofe accuses Hollywood of setting out to scare children on climate.
'Children are now the number one target of the global warming fear campaign. DiCaprio announced his goal was to recruit young eco-activists to the cause.
Climate Change Scenarios Scare, and Motivate, Kids
"That's the Earth now," the 9-year-old says, pointing to a dark shape at the bottom. "And then," he says, tracing the progressively lighter stripes across the page, "it's just starting to fade away."
Alex Hendel of Arlington County is talking about the end of life on our beleaguered planet. Looking up to make sure his mother is following along, he taps the final stripe, which is so sparsely dotted it is almost invisible. "In 20 years," he pronounces, "there's no oxygen." Then, to dramatize the point, he collapses, "dead," to the floor.'
'Parents say they're searching for "productive" outlets for their 8-year-olds' obsessions with dying polar bears. Teachers say enrollment in high school and college environmental studies classes is doubling year after year. And psychologists say they're seeing an increasing number of young patients preoccupied by a climactic Armageddon.'
'Goldstein adds: "In my practice, they bring this up. Some of the kids are scared, and it's interesting, because I've seen an evolution. . . . Kids used to have fears of war and nuclear annihilation. That's dissipated and been replaced by global warming." '
'"If you follow global warming, every prediction is scarier than the prior one. It's really scary stuff. Global warming is this huge uncertainty, and we see it compromising our future.
"So much of going to school," he says, "is getting an education and preparing yourself for the future. But . . . what's the use of a college degree when Wall Street is under water?"'
'"I don't like global warming," Alyssa continues, her eyes huge and serious behind her glasses, a stardust of freckles across her nose, "because it kills animals, and I like animals."'
'"I worry about it," says this girl who has yet to lose all her baby teeth, "because I don't want to die.'
# 2009. A survey in the States in 2009:
'There's a new bogeyman lurking in the closet, and this one isn't imaginary. Us. One out of three children aged 6 to 11 fears that Ma Earth won't exist when they grow up, while more than half—56 percent—worry that the planet will be a blasted heath (or at least a very unpleasant place to live), according to a new survey.
Commissioned by Habitat Heroes and conducted by Opinion Research, the telephone survey polled a national sample of 500 American preteens—250 males and 250 females.
On a sliding scale of anxieties, minority kids have it worst; 75 percent of black children and 65 percent of Hispanic children believe that the planet will be irrevocably damaged by the time they reach adulthood.'
Hard to get more info on this survey, which makes it look dubious to me. Even in the States, I suspect telephone surveys of 6 year olds sound implausible.
#2009 Also referencing the Habitat Heroes survey: http://noapologies.ca/guest-columnists/humanist-end-times-mythologizing-terrifies-children (dead link spotted 24 June 2013, but see next entry for a replacement).
'The demise of the planet? Well, that would scare anybody. And apparently it’s scaring children.
We see “the demise of the planet” as secular humanism’s End Times prophecy.
It has often been observed that secularists imitate Christianity. They have scriptures — the writings of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, John Dewey, etc. They have a priesthood — public school teachers, college professors, the news media, and others. They have their own strange equivalents of saints and martyrs, holy places, holy days like Earth Day, and so on.
Now they have an End Times scenario, too: the human race just goes on driving SUVs, eating meat, using incandescent light bulbs and toilet paper, and all of Planet Earth goes down the chute. All life goes extinct, starting with polar bears.'
#2009(?) A religious site gives some more background on this Habitat Heroes survey, which may be using the same article linked to at 'noapologies.ca' above. That link no longer seems to work, so here is the new one: http://chalcedon.edu/research/articles/humanist-doomsday-myth-scares-children/
#2009 'Those of us raising families know too well the drumbeat of fear that is used to manipulate our children into serfs for the environmental left. As a parent, it's taken a concerted effort to counter the onslaught of political propaganda that passes for the science curriculum, not only to help my children learn the truth, but to quell the anxiety it's meant to stir up.'
'The opening film at the Copenhagen “climate meeting” was an apt reminder of the long-term damage done by global warming propagandists. A little girl has nightmares about being alone in a desert where her life is threatened by floods and hurricanes.
Al Gore’s sci-fi horror fantasy in documentary style – An Inconvenient Truth – has been shown to school children, as young as 4 years old, around the world for years. Lesson plans aimed to convince children that the threat was real and that anyone doubting the message was wrong. They intentionally frightened children into emotional and psychological trauma.
Closing the Copenhagen film, many children repeated the phrase; “Please help save the world.” Now parents and teachers are faced with the sticky question of how that should be done. How can we deprogram millions of children the world over without allowing the experience to leave permanent psychological scars?'
#2009. Unreferenced mention of a survey ' BrainPOP, a New York based educational provider, conducted a survey (possible in 2008?) of more than 1,000 middle school students across the country and found that kids fear global warming more than war, terrorism or the health care crisis.'
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Global_Warming_Savvy/ (quoted here: http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=3671 )
Another link to it here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/kids-fear-global-warming-more-than-terrorism-car-crashes-and-cancer-according-to-national-earth-day-survey-58684647.html
#2010. California. A young person in therapy recalls some of her childhood:
'When Emma returned the next week (thankfully), I asked about her reaction. She flooded me with stories about indoctrination by teachers. One of her earliest memories was singing songs on Earth Day, prayerfully, when she was five.
#2010 'My son came home from school today with some terrible news. He’s destroying the planet. Now, my wife and I might have to sell him off to save Mother Earth. Thank God his teachers alerted us.
And that’s the problem with teaching children about protecting the Earth these days: Some schools want to scare the hell out of them.'
#2011. Not a frightened child, but instead a frightened child-like teacher from a US high school:
"My journey in climate change has gone from dawning realization, to “holy shit!” to terror and fierce urgency to protect my children, and now sadly, inevitably, to despair." Quite unfit to be a teacher in my opinion, and possibly in need of medical help - see the link for even more unhinged stuff. One wonders at the impression he makes on his classes. Perhaps the kids see through him?
#2011 Essay on scary materials for children from NASA
#2011 A child activist, who started a climate alarmist movement along with his mother, is being used to front a legal action in the States. He describes his vivid views here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/05/sueing-us-government-climate e.g. 'Our addiction to fossil fuels is messing up the perfect balance of nature and threatening the survival of my generation' (hat tip FS)
#2011 'Anxiety also leads to paranoia and then to cult thinking, with its us/them view of the world and its demonization of one’s opponents. It also leads to massive propaganda efforts to convert people to one’s cause. Thus we find that the true believers in global warming have mounted an insidious campaign to indoctrinate grade school children with their belief system. The main tool at their disposal is fear. Children now are as anxious about the future of the planet as are the fanatics. Thus do they rob childhood of any of any of the joyful insouciance that it once possessed.'
#2012 A mother notices the harm that can be done to children by casual alarmism. Imagine the impact of deliberate, child-targeted alarmism! Extract: 'Yet very few people think twice about walking into the kitchen, pulling up a chair, and saying things like “this world is going to h-e-double hockey sticks. If the earth’s temperature rises just a few more degrees, that’ll be the end of the human race!”
Okay, call me weird. I really don’t care if you say “hell” in front of my children. But it seriously irks me that grown ups don’t consider the trauma they’re inflicting on worried young minds by suggesting to them that their lives, and all the beautiful nature that feeds their souls, are inevitably coming to an end.' Source: http://www.shannonhayes.info/blog.htm?post=842332
#2012 California. 'Kids think we're better off dead' More of the awful consequences for childrens' spirits of the onslaught of alarmist propaganda is illustrated here: http://www.wnd.com/2012/04/2012-school-kids-think-were-better-off-dead/ Extract: 'A 12-year-old girl has responded with the stunning “I wish we didn’t exist” to questions about how she feels about pollution and humanity’s impact on the earth, according to a new video released by Brian Sussman, author of “Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America.”
The response came from a 6th-grade girl identified only as Kalie, from Gault Elementary. Sussman met her during Earth Day events in Santa Cruz, Calif., recently, where he traveled to ask “What is the most serious threat facing mankind?”' A video recording of the interview is here:
See also: http://toryaardvark.com/2012/04/25/brainwashing-our-children-with-politically-correct-green-guilt/
#2012 A comment added to a post on one of the more unhinged climate alarm sites is purportedly from a 17-year old who claims to be in despair over climate and who wishes horrible deaths on 'oil/coal people' is reproduced and discussed here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/29/a-student-in-despair-over-romms-11f-by-2050-article-if-this-comment-was-reversed-it-would-be-called-a-death-threat/#more-64496
#2012 Maine A mother scares her own children about climate, triggered by a wish not to drive them to a nearby event: 'I tell them that the Arctic is melting, that hurricanes are getting stronger, droughts are lengthening, and rainfall records are being shattered. Within their lifetimes, sea level could rise by 6 feet, or more, submerging the world’s coastal cities....
#2013 USA. A young adult who has probably been exposed to climate alarm all her life, is suggesting that more people need to be as scared about it as she is: 'That is why I completely support GlobalSolution.org's #CoverClimate campaign. I definitely think a major part of the problem is the lack of urgency felt by the general public, in part due to lack of climate change coverage or failure of the media to connect extreme weather events they cover to climate change. I think in this case, fear is a good thing. More people need to be as scared as I am because that is the only way change will happen.'
#2014 Hawai. Young poets to be concerned about. Poems the teachers should be ashamed about. Some heartfelt horror by '5th grade' youngsters in some school. I don't have the date of them, just the data I found them:
#2014 Journalist Keith Kloor relates 'Not long ago my wife and I went out to dinner at a restaurant with another couple, who, like us, have two boys. The conversation inevitably turned to our kids, school, family stuff. Their older son made the transition this year to junior high school. I asked how this was going. Pretty well, the mother said, except he had recently become anxious and wasn’t sleeping well. “He’s worried about climate change,” she said. “It’s keeping him up at night.”
#2014 Massachusetts 'She watched and her mom asked her how it made her feel. This is what she said. [I'm 10 and I'm angry.]'
Spotted at the climate march in New York on 21 Sep 2014.
#2014 North Carolina. 'North Carolina-based psychotherapist Chris Saade, co-director of the Olive Branch Center, a grief/wellness counselling firm, says he’s seen a huge jump in the number of patients under 18 who come to him with concerns about the environmental crisis.'
#2014 'CONSTANT CLIMATE CHANGE FEAR-MONGERING IS TURNING OUR KIDS INTO NEUROTIC WRECKS'
Author Donna Quixote writes: '...
#2015 Rhode Island
This looks promising, since a great many children and adults may well benefit from wise counselling to assure them that the risk of climate catastrophe has been hyped out of all proportion to the evidence-base for it, and that they should turn their concerns in other directions. But no, this young lady is but a victim of the scaremongering who wishes to commiserate with other victims in order to cheer themselves up a bit: 'I’m scared for the effects of climate change on the world I love. Rather than try to think about, save, or mourn for the whole world, I decided to think about my city and state, and the living creatures — including other humans — who share it with me.'
#2016 A victim of the scaremongering delays having children. I guess she was at college say 25 years ago, and high school a few years before that. So, around the time Wirth was plotting about Hansen's performing seal spot at the 1988 Hearings. Lots of publicity generated by that. She may well have been anxious about climate as a child, and took her fears with her into adulthood. For example 'My husband and I had made a home in Seattle for several years, and my friends of childbearing age tended to be writers and activists, scientists and scholars. When considering kids, they weighed not only their desires and finances but the state of the world. Many of them had read grim prognoses of what climate change would do to life on Earth. Even in the restrained language of science, the future holds unprecedented difficulties and disasters. For many people, these problems were an abstraction, but as an environmental journalist, I knew enough to imagine them in front of me. Driving across the bridge to my house, I pictured city beaches drowned by the rising sea.
Hat-tip: Greenie-watch. Scroll to section beginning 'Credulous woman believes the doomsters'
#2017 A grandchild of the unspeakable James Hansen displays the success of his efforts to teach her what to think: “I am afraid and I am angry at the problems that greedy and foolish adults have created,” said Kivlehan, speaking on the sidelines of U.N. climate talks.
#2016 An update on the shameful legal action promoted by James Hansen with children pushed into it as stooges: 'Precisely what is the children's climate lawsuit trying to achieve? It cannot be protection of our constitutional principles, or protection of future generations, or environmental improvement. Only one possibility remains: It is part of the long-term effort by the environmental left to use any means possible to exert control over other people's property, economic choices, and lifestyles. The plaintiff attorneys are happy to participate in a litigation process in which "the children" are irrelevant.'
#2019 Texas. More youngsters afraid of the future, more victims of the panic-merchants: '“This city is my home,” 17-year-old Madeline Canfield, who attends the Emery Weiner School, told the few dozen people gathered to hear her generation’s take on global warming. “And Houston is in a really, really scary place.” Across the city, from one post-Harvey community to another, Canfield said the friends she’s made “have a shared narrative of fear.” She paused and pointed to the sky outside.
#2019 USA. 'There is now such a thing as “climate-change anxiety,” and as the Washington Post reported last month, it’s filtering into pop culture. A key subplot in one episode of the HBO series Big Little Lies featured a child suffering an actual panic attack during a classroom climate-change discussion. In another HBO show, Euphoria, a character justifies her drug use by claiming that “the world’s coming to an end, and I haven’t even graduated high school yet.”
#2012 Children shown in news clip dressed up as penguins and pushing climate propaganda and alarm - the usual stuff (hat tip: http://tomnelson.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/we-saved-brainwashed-vietnamese.html): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6kU3w3o8Sc#t=1m45s
#2018 This really sickening. Recent floods in Vietnam have clearly scared children. A UK researcher, and the odious BBC, want their reactions to be seen as reactions to 'climate change'. Ambulance chasing? Exploitation of children for political ends? What a horrible business these people, these 'researchers', are involved in.