The climate strike movement is a facade built on a scam built on a fraud. Beyond giving school children a get-out-of-jail free card, it will not accomplish anything except show how not to do politics.
Does anyone even remember the Women’s March at this point? They just couldn’t keep it together at their third-anniversary march in January 2019. Not just because they excluded pro-life women, but largely due to charges of anti-Semitism within the national leadership. Of course, the animating principle of hatred for President Donald Trump could only take them so far anyway.
History will repeat itself for the climate strike movement, although this history will likely be much shorter.
But the climate change issue attracts young people! It’s based in science and transcends conventional politics! …These are lies, and they are only the tip of the iceberg (too soon?) that will melt and swallow this movement.
Regrettably, kids will have to stay in school until they come up with a better excuse to ditch. Godspeed to them. Seriously, though, don’t be fooled by their feigned passion for protest. The gun control walkouts are at least based on school shootings, whereas in this case, there’s nothing organic about the so-called strikes.
For a truly grassroots protest at school, check out these students who called out the gun control grifters exploiting their candlelight vigils for shooting victims.
Now, it should be noted that a May 2019 poll of 18-36 year olds found that climate change was the top issue for 14 percent of Democrats. Health care and income inequality trailed by 3-4 points. The problem, however, is that this ranking closely reflects what white respondents said. Young African Americans ranked climate change much lower than their top issue— racism. Young “Latinxs”, the poll’s term for Latinos, put immigration as their top issue.
This is significant under the current conditions of left-leaning politics. Minority voices may gain more support for their issues, limiting the growth potential of support for climate change activism.
Moving past the youth front, consider the mixed messages and even latent infighting during the climate strikes on Friday. Witness the carnivore shaming from vegans. How about those glomming on to the protests who have different agendas? Some raise the Antifa flag, others blame white supremacy, or promote total socialism as the only solution.
Greta Thunberg, the face of the movement, isn’t much of a voice for it. At the climate strike in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park, she warned, “If you belong to that small group of people who feel threatened by us then we have some very bad news for you, because this is only the beginning. Change is coming whether they like it or not.”
She used harsher language at the United Nations on Monday.
She’s boasted that the protest across the globe drew 4 million participants. This is, to borrow an overused term, unsustainable. No word as of this reporting on how much cardboard, ink, and paint were trashed as a result.
Former director of the Danish government’s Environmental Assessment Institute, Bjørn Lomborg, who is also the president of the think tank Copenhagen Consensus Center, helps show why.
Lomborg points out that the Paris climate accord, which Trump exited, would cost the U.S. between $1 trillion and $2 trillion. Electricity prices would go up, hurting the poor, increasing poverty. All for what? Carbon emissions would be reduced by “just 1 percent of what politicians have promised,” Lomborg writes.
Libertarians and conservatives frustrated with the climate change issue should dismiss the protesters and, of course, reject the empty political promises. But more importantly, they ought to illustrate the issue as one driven by global corporate elites, and remind the leftists that the biggest polluters, China and the U.S. military, aren’t being pressured to change their actions.