Stop Scaring the Kids. The Planet Is Fine.
The kids are out of their minds. They're out in the streets, blocking traffic and dancing around like maniacs because they think the sky is falling. This is entirely the fault of the adults who refuse to tell them the truth about the weather. For decades now the young have been bombarded with climate apocalypse tales of destruction. Meanwhile, not even the climate-change kooks can get their facts straight.
A few years ago NASA reported that Antarctic sea ice was at an all-time high. "Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s." But this kind of news never changes the minds of the climate high priests. “The Antarctic sea ice is one of those areas where things have not gone entirely as expected. So it’s natural for scientists to ask, ‘OK, this isn’t what we expected, now how can we explain it?'" Of course, they can't explain it, because scientists don't know half of what they want everyone to think they know especially when it comes to our planet.
"There hasn’t been one explanation yet that I’d say has become a consensus, where people say, ‘We’ve nailed it, this is why it’s happening,’” said Claire Parkinson, a senior scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Cente. “Our models are improving, but they’re far from perfect. One by one, scientists are figuring out that particular variables are more important than we thought years ago, and one by one those variables are getting incorporated into the models.”
A few years later, warm water is "attacking" Antarctic ice and the answer, again, is climate change. No matter the question, the answer is "global warming and/or climate change." Record snowstorms? Climate change. Record heatwave? Global warming. It's the same song and dance every single time we have any weather event. They can't accurately predict the weather for the weekend but expect us to believe that they know what the planet will be like in a decade from now.
Scientists who push this fear-mongering garbage have a lot of responsibility for the hysteria they are creating among young people. The major problem with the climate activists, who are clogging streets with "performance art" currently, is that they simply haven't lived long enough to see the truth of things. Their brains are not fully developed and they have very little life experience that didn't involve Sponge Bob Square Pants and study hall.
When I was their age, my teachers and popular magazines told my generation that we would be living under sheets of ice by now. They literally said this, every day, for most of the '80s. I don't remember when global warming really kicked in, but I think I was out of high school by then and not susceptible to the brainwashing. The ice age thing did freak me out, although I remember my dad saying something like "hippie hogwash" when I brought it up. And so it was. Because here we are, almost in the 2020s, when the ice age was supposed to be in full swing, and everything is pretty much exactly the way it was in the '80s. Time is what is needed for perspective.
Some of the older kids in this movement should remember that Al Gore predicted the earth would be on fire by 2006. They were in high school watching An Inconvenient Truth because their teachers forced it on them. (And I know this because at the time, one of my friends was one of those teachers and I used to give him all sorts of hell for bringing that propaganda into the classroom.) The world has not exploded into tidal waves and mass extinction events like Al Gore said it would. Those kids who were in high school back then should notice this.
When Alexandria Ocassional-Cortex pipes in with more dire predictions and tells us that we only have ten years left, everyone should be laughing, not rolling around in the streets making fools of themselves. What is wrong with them? Can't they pick up a history book or at least search Google for the last apocalypse prediction that didn't come true? I'm starting to think the youth of today really has been ruined by fluoride and video games. Why don't their brains work? Instead of kicking and screaming and demanding politicians do something about the weather that no one can control, why don't they come up with ideas to make the world a better place, like this kid?
Megan Fox is the author of “Believe Evidence; The Death of Due Process from Salome to #MeToo.” Follow on Twitter @MeganFoxWriter