The Observer on 9th Jan 2011 published an interesting article called “No Country for Young people” where they interviewed a number of people about their views on the world today including economic prospects, personal and global outlook. One person, who I will not name to avoid embarrassment, is described as being 22 years old and part of the Youth Climate Coalition in Sheffield and so should be informed about the subject of climate change.
I quote from her interview:
“Civilisation has developed in a world whose climate has been fairly stable for 10,000 years. Now we’re putting all these greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and causing these unprecedented extreme events which are going to affect people in the UK and also in developing countries. Rising sea levels and forest fires. Look at the flooding in Australia. These sorts of things we can probably expect more of”
She is part of an organisation called the Youth Advisory panel who are writing a report for the Department of Energy on what the energy system should be like in 2050.
Anyone who thinks that the climate has been fairly stable for the last 10,000 years has clearly not studied the subject much beyond the basic climate activist primer text book.
10,000 years ago was the end of the last Ice Age when one could walk from England to France without fear of drowning – there was no English Channel. From that point the sea levels rose. From then until the 1800’s there were 5 unusually warm periods referred to as the Holocene Climate Optimum, the Roman Climate Optimum, and the Medieval Warm Period. These were divided by much cooler periods. In the 1800’s there was a mini-Ice age ( people skating across the River Thames, for example) and we are now moving back into a warm period, hence the rise in temperatures.
The “hockey stick” chart ( published by Michael Mann) which supposedly is the proof for the global warming theory and pedalled by Al Gore, has now been universally discreditted. Sadly it is still used to “prove” the global warming trends.
The interviewee regurgitates the scaremongering myth that there is a relationship between climate change, global warming and extreme weather. However the climate change scientists also use bland weather as well as extreme weather as an indicator of climate change – the truth is they don’t know and their theory is collapsing around them. They can’t even decide if the Antarctic is getting colder or warmer – such is the inconsistency of the scientific reporting.
This paucity of challenging and inquisitive thought from a young person is very disappointing to observe.
Please do not believe “point-blank” what you are spoon-fed by the media, the governments and the scientists…this is not going to move us forwards – I don’t know about “No Country for young people” – it’ll be more like “No Future for Young People”.
…and to repeat my favourite quote:
“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost”