The Next Thing to Fear

I ((#blogger #blog #somseason #YA #authors) noticed since GOP26 that the mainstream media (MM), or the cooperate media, is ramping up the climate change narrative. I Googled ‘climate change news’ and got about 667,000,000 results. Here is a sampling of headlines that caught my attention. Canada’s CBC News says: Biden offers sympathies to people affected by B.C. floods, says Canada and U.S. in sync on climate change, and Big banks want to act on climate change — so what’s stopping them?  The Guardian has a headline: The forgotten oil ads that told us climate change was nothing, and NPR News says: Climate change is making it harder to provide clean drinking water in farm country. Reuther’s has U.N. climate change report sounds ‘code red for humanity’, and CNN writes Senior Pentagon official warns the US military is ‘not ready’ for climate change. Then there’s The Globe and Mail’s, Morning Update: World to warm at least 2.4 C, climate analysis shows. The fear mongering MM continues its dissemination of fear with climate alarmism. Adolf Hitler once said, “Tell a lie loud enough and long enough and people will believe it.” Are we being lied to? Joseph Stalin allegedly said, “The press must grow day in and day out – it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon.”

The MM creates climate hysteria by insinuating that we have little time left to save the planet. There is even a Climate clock that says humanity has just under 8 years to save the planet. In 2018, The Washington Post claimed The world has just over a decade to get climate change under control, U.N. scientists say. The Guardian was more specific, saying We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN. The BBC in 2019 created alarm with its headline, Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months, as did the New York Times with the headline, Democrats Have a Year to Save the Planet. Causes climate alarmism is emotional bullying–when we’re made to feel afraid) (#bullying, #antibullying).

Authors like Bill McGuire, in his 2008 book claimed we have Seven Years to Save the Planet: The Questions and Answers, yet in 2019 ‘Uninhabitable Earth’ author said Humans Have 30 Years To Stave Off Climate Catastrophe. NRDC, (Natural Resources Defense Council), founded by a group of law students and attorneys, asserts Climate Scientists to World: We Have Only 20 Years Before There’s No Turning Back.  American politicians like “John Kerry says Earth has 9 years to avert the worst consequences of climate crisis: “There’s no faking it on this one” . So, how long does the planet have? There doesn’t seem to be agreement, yet MM and our political leaders encourage climate hysteria. My question is why? The Epoch Times answers that question saying Net-Zero Policies: Taking From the Poor and Giving to the Rich. It’s always about the money!

Now let’s set the record straight. I am not saying I don’t believe in climate change. Climate change is happening, but it is a question of whether global warming is due to natural fluctuations or due to human activities? That is the debate. The MM and our political leaders want you to believe it is due to human activities. Britannica’s procon.org lists the arguments for this debate. I used to teach about climate change, and show my students the movie, An Inconvenient Truth. This is a documentary in which Al Gore describes the problems of climate change. The truth is, I don’t know if global warming is due to natural fluctuations or if it is due to human activities. I would need to do a lot more research. The more I learn, though, the more I realize I don’t know, and the more confused I become. Euripides, a Greek writer said in the 400s BC, “Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.” That is where I am at. In fact, American psychiatrist, M. Scott Peck, says, “The path to holiness lies through questioning everything,” so I am a truth seeker who is on the path to holiness.

Like the COVID narrative that we have been hearing about for almost 2 years, I am noticing more and more doom-laden headlines and articles, and some are just plain absurd. Nancy Pelosi said at the GOP26 climate summit that “Eighty percent of people displaced by climate change globally are women.” Does that mean climate change affects mainly women? The Independent article, How long to save the planet from climate catastrophe? This clock is ticking down states the clock reveals little time left to tackle the climate crisis before the planet is past a tipping point, specifically saying 7 years, 98 days, 15 hours… and counting. Can anyone predict that precisely when we are allegedly doomed? I doubt it.  Another article claims Climate change may increase congenital heart defects. How could they possibly blame the most common birth defect on climate change? I know from teaching biology that there are many variables that can cause birth defects. One of my favourites is the Smithsonian magazine article: Could Climate Change Mean Less Sex and Fewer Babies? It seems climate change may affect our sex lives. Countless variables can affect sex lives. The most ridiculous article I’ve seen so far is the one titled: B.C. doctor diagnoses patient with ‘climate change’ You can’t make this stuff up.  An emergency doctor at Kootenay Lake Hospital in British Columbia, Canada, attributed a patient’s illness to climate change. No one, including doctors, can make such a comprehensive claim.

Even some of the MM is questioning the climate change narrative as in the Sun’s Douglas Murray (UK edition) opinion piece COP26’s a vanity project for the global elite and eco-alarmist kids who’ve never paid a tax bill, calling it a “yawnathon green gabfest.” Many claim climate alarmism is another way to keep the masses fearful,  like Conrad Black: Unfettered climate alarmism on full display at COP26 — National Post, also part of MM and Doomsday climate change predictions promote fear and anxiety. Some believe The CBC has become a woke climate alarmist rag,   and some are even Debunking the climate hysteria from the United Nations with Tom Harris. American cognitive scientist, Noam Chomsky says, “The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people.” Now we can add fear of climate to his list, and let’s not forget fear of COVID.

Canada’s prime minister is a climate alarmist as shown in the article, Trudeau’s climate advisor says climate action not “going fast enough”.  Calgary City Council officially declares ‘CLIMATE EMERGENCY’ in the city, implying Canada has a climate crisis.  MM’s Globe and Mail alarms people with After a year of disasters, it’s urgent that we address Canada’s climate-caused water crisis. Independent Media, True North News, argues Canada does not have a climate crisis. I find it interesting that MM promotes climate hysteria while independent news refutes it. At least those looking at independent media get another side of the narrative.

Conrad Black said in the National Post that Unfettered climate alarmism on full display at COP26. I would to have agree since the hypocritical world’s leaders who attended it partied on Fuel-guzzling cruise ship hosts 3,000 global leaders at COP26, Glasgow locals, attendees complained of COP26 delegates leaving their cars idling, and Over 400 Private Jets Flew to Glasgow to “Save the Climate,” with leaders defending their flights. The 120 saviours of the planet (world leaders) are hypocrites who put on a show. The Epoch Times says COP 26: It’s Time for the Make-Believe to Stop and Andrew Lawton of True North News calls the conference a COP26 cop-out. Conrad Black in the MM’s, National Post, talks about The ghastly charade in Glasgow and the West’s self-flagellation over the climate writing “Glasgow was as inconsequential as the Paris, Copenhagen and Kyoto conferences that preceded it,” and “a colossal scam most of the climate fear campaign is.” It is difficult for me to become alarmed by climate change when our leaders don’t take it seriously.

The New York Times’s recent headline Vancouver Is Marooned by Flooding and Besieged Again by Climate Change , like most MM, creates climate alarmism. I find it interesting that the Vancouver Sun in its 2016 article This Week In History: 1913 — Series of storms dump a biblical amount of rain, sleet and snow on U.S. and its 2021 article This Week in History: 1894 & 1948 The Fraser Valley is inundated in a great flood admits that major flooding in BC is nothing new, since massive floods have occurred as far back as 1894, probably even before that. These historic floods occurred during times when climate change and global warming were unknown terms. Here is a video of the 1948 great flood with images that look remarkably like the images media shows today.

I once was alarmed because of the global warming and climate change narrative, even teaching my students about the urgency to make changes. Now, since it’s namely the MM corporate media promoting climate hysteria, I am reconsidering my views. As Euripides said, “Question everything.” That is what I am doing. Just because the MM said it, doesn’t mean it is truth. I will do my own thinking and research on the topic.

Change is inevitable!

I recently received this quote in an email and the quote got me thinking. The quote was:

Change cannot be avoided in life. So do not resist change, embrace it!

There is no doubt that life is changing all the time.  I’ll use myself as an example.  This year, 2015, has been very much a year of change for myself as well as my family. As I mentioned in some of my other posts, I retired as a classroom teacher after 35 years of teaching.  So to say that this is a huge change for me personally is an understatement.  Really, retirement is a new beginning; it is the beginning of a whole new journey.  For me, that has meant following some of my passions.  One of those passions is writing which is why I started this blog.  I needed an outlet for my writing.  I needed a place to share my stories and my opinions.  It means change because now there will be no more having to get up for work unless I decide to work somewhere.  Working is more of a choice now, rather than a necessity.  That is a good change.  I’ve heard it said, “some people work to live and others live to work”.  I was always one of those that worked to live.  I needed to work to support my family and to feel useful to society.

My wife and I have three wonderful children,  All three of our children have gone through some sort of change this year.  Our eldest daughter has moved to a new place to live after being in her previous place for five years.  That was a major change for her as she is not a person who freely embraces change.  Our youngest daughter is returning to university this year after living and working for the past year in her home town.   Our son is also off to university after spending two years at the local community college.  He is excited for this change as he has been living with us while getting his Diploma.  So as you can see, there has been much change in my family.  The only one that is remaining at her same job is my wife.  Having said that, she has taken a three-month leave of absence from her work place so that we can do some travelling this fall.  So even she has to endure some changes, although they are good changes.

If you listen to the news regularly, then you would also know that the day-to-day conditions on our planet are changing now in ways we could not have anticipated.  Climate change is one of the biggest changes our planet has had to endure.  Every year seems to be reported as the hottest on record.  Storms seem to be getting more and more frequent and progressively more violent.  According to the Union of concerned scientists, “As the Earth warms, the amount of rain or snow falling in the heaviest one percent of storms has risen nearly 20 percent on average in the United States—almost three times the rate of increase in total precipitation between 1958 and 2007.” That is definitely change, and not good change. Our planet needs help.

Changes the world will endure, according to the article, 5 ways the world will change radically, are:

  1. The world is becoming over populated.  The article states that,” India’s population will overtake China’s around 2020, and Africa’s population will overtake India’s by 2040″  That is not change to embrace since Africa is one of the world’s most poverty-stricken continents.
  2. Urbanization will rapidly increase.  The article says, “the number of people living in cities will climb from 3.5 billion today to 6.3 billion by 2050”  That means there will be much less farmland to grow food to feed the people.  That is not good change.
  3. Conflicts over water shortages will probably play out on our planet.  That is not positive change, for that means many people will die because the world is running short of fresh water.
  4. At this time in history, there isn’t enough energy being extracted from known sources of fossil fuels to sustain 10 billion people. That means humans will be forced to turn to new energy sources before the end of the century.  In my opinion this is good change as hopefully these new sources will mean less pollution.
  5. The article maintains, “biologists [not all biologists] believe that with the current rate of extinction, 75 percent of the planet’s species will disappear within the next 300 to 2,000 years”.  That is just sad as this planet has so much biodiversity.  That definitely is not good change.

So the fact of change is real!  The quote at the beginning says, So do not resist change, embrace it.”  When change happens to us individually, then yes it should be embraced.  As it has been said, “A change can be as good as a vacation.”  I think there is truth in that.  Many spiritual writers will say that when change happens to an individual, it is God’s or the universe’s way of forcing you to do what you are not choosing to do yourself, because God knows what is best. Having said that, sometimes individuals need Ostrichto resist change such as when individuals or groups of people are being forced to do something against their will. An example of this might be when groups of people are forced from their homes due to conflict like what we are witnessing in areas of the world like Africa and the Middle East.

However, when it comes to changes affecting this planet, such as climate change, or loss of biodiversity, then change needs to be resisted.  It is time for us humans to “get our heads out of the sand” and start resisting planetary changes that will only cause our planet to be less desirable to live in.