Fear About Climate Change Still Sells--Greta Thunberg Just Reminded Us
On June 22, 2007, former US Vice President Al Gore delivered a speech before a Cannes Film Festival audience, before the screening of the film he helped make famous of his best-selling book “An Inconvenient Truth.” Months later, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 was awarded to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the former Vice President for their efforts to “obtain and disseminate information about global warming”that now is referred to as “climate change.”
For the past 12 years, many across the globe have been living under a blanket of fear. Children were made to view the Inconvenient Truth movie in school classrooms. Systems of society, including the media, politicians, Hollywood, and educators have spread the message that the Earth would come to an end, if nothing was done about CO2 emissions. Scientists who have questioned the so-called “facts”have been attacked and criticized and many have lost their jobs, even to this day. In December 2015, the US became a signatory to the “Paris Climate Agreement,”which “brought all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so."
Have all the consequences of human’s impact on the climate been realized since 2007. No, but to many, that’s besides the point. And, as one of my friends once said, “the end justifies the means.”
Clearly, humans are polluting the planet. That is a fact. We can view the Pacific Ocean from space and up-close and see what is called,“The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP).” It’s actually two enormous masses of ever-growing garbage in the Pacific Ocean, each the size of Texas. The GPGP is estimated to contain over 2 trillion pieces of plastic. Plastics as far back as the 1950’s have been found.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) published a lengthy article titled, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” The article presents a collection of articles, over the last 50 years, of notable predictions from prominent people in government and science. When you read through the predictions, virtually none of them have come true, whether it’s about a coming ice age, as was predicted in the 1970’s and was on the cover of Time Magazine, or the near term catastrophic effects of climate change. While such predictions have been and continue to be enthusiastically reported by a media eager for sensational headlines, the failures are typically not discussed at all by what is considered mainstream news.
As recent as a month ago, a 16 year old from Sweden, by the name of Greta Thunberg, was in the news and become the darling of US media. Wikipedia says about Greta, “In August 2018, when she was 15, she took time off from school to demonstrate outside the Swedish parliament, holding up a sign calling for stronger climate action. Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their own communities. Together they organized a school climate strike movement under the name "Fridays for Future." After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were at least two coordinated multi-city protests involving over one million pupils each. In May 2019, Thunberg was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which named her a "next generation leader" and noted that many see her as a role model. Thunberg and the school strike movement were also featured in a 30-minute Vice documentary titled “Make the World Greta Again.” Some in the media have described her impact on the world stage as the "Greta Thunberg effect." She was even nominated for a Nobel Prize. She didn't win, but she was awarded the "Alternative Noble Prize" for her "inspiring" climate change advocacy.
Greta's rise to rock star status did not happen organically. It was orchestrated. For example, little known to many is that Greta has a German “handler” who travels with her, who is on the payroll of a George Soros funded organization. You might be interested in this link to information on the background of Greta and her family.
Children have always been used by propagandists, from the Hitler Youth and propaganda posters, to Severn Cullis-Suzuki's speech to the UN in 1992 on climate change, to now Greta Thunberg. You don’t meet with the Pope or make a speech at the United Nations unless your role in the narrative is controlled and orchestrated. Yet, how many people naively see her as “grass roots” and entirely organic.
I think we all can agree that climate change is real. The climate on Earth has been changing up and down for billions of years and always will. Scientific “climate change models” are just that, models. They are based on assumptions, parameters, and extrapolations against historical data—a modern day, computer driven, “crystal ball.” If they were perfect, weather forecasters would be able to predict long in advance exactly where a hurricane will make landfall. Models are only as good as the input data and assumptions made by scientists. Change a parameter, and the outcome could totally flip.
Unless one has been living under a rock, we can also agree that fear sells. Advertising is used to drive home a message about why we need a product or service. The news media and social media are modern day tools that can be used to condition the way people think..
If the truth is that humans are the primary cause of climate change and “the world is going to end in 12 years," as noted "scientist” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, said recently, then so be it. We better clean up our act fast. If Greta Thunberg is a modern day “bell ringer,” and not a propagandist controlled by those who have a lot to benefit with regard to wealth and control, then ring the bell louder.
But, I wasn’t born yesterday. I’ve learned that where there is a massive amount of wealth to be made or control and influence to be garnered, then the “buyer” of the message beware. Al Gore didn’t become massively wealthy after leaving the office of Vice President by selling books or giving speeches. He participated in a financial fund that capitalized on the trajectory of “green,” government subsidized businesses. Fear about climate change still sells, and makes people wealthy. Greta Thunberg just recently reminded us of this.