There is overwhelming pressure on our children and youth to “save the planet” and to do so “NOW!” The recent phenomenal rise of celebrity of Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish activist, has become the political face of climate activism promoted especially by left-leaning media. She gave the coordinators of September’s U.N. Climate Action Summit the emotional drama they wanted by stating, “I want you to panic.” They were delighted to give this unhappy child a platform from which to blast world governments for being too slow to adopt the U.N.’s grand strategy, when she stated, “how dare you.” What a travesty it was that self-serving U.N. bureaucrats were willing to terrorize innocent children with lurid scare stories to cynically use them as emotional leverage to promote their grand scheme. It is tantamount to child abuse. It seems no one can escape the incessant bombardment of alarmist messages, such as New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s that “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,” or UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s call to youth to “rescue the planet” because “my generation has failed to respond properly to the dramatic challenge of climate change.”
It seems that everyone, from former Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa to former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, from teachers and journalists to parents and peers, are putting the pressure on full force, aimed directly at our children. And how are our children handling this onslaught? Not well, as you would expect, and as mental health statistics prove.
Childhood should be a time of innocence, play, discovery, and feeling safe and secure in order to thrive in a big, unknown world. The developing mind is not even wired to perform abstract reasoning until adolescence. Yet, here we are, in the modern world, shoving this unbearable burden to “save the planet” upon them. Some of these young people believe they can’t even turn to their parents for support and comfort because they are also being told that adults don’t care and don’t understand; they can’t be trusted. In Greta’s words, speaking in Vancouver on October 25, 2019, “If the adults really loved us they would at least do everything they possibly could to make sure we have a safe future.” (CTV News Vancouver)
This may strike a chord in the rebellious hearts of teens, who naturally begin to develop a sense of morality, identity and independence at this age. Most of the worldwide climate strikes of the last year have been aimed at adolescents, who psychologically feel a heightened need to fit in, to be part of the group, and to want “social justice.” They want to be “cool” and feel empowered. Perhaps many youth today feel unsupported, misunderstood, unloved or neglected at home and so find their psychological needs are better met by becoming an “activist.”
Younger children, who do not have the development or experience to understand the “climate emergency” in context, are simply being manipulated by climate activists, who regard these children as useful tools to achieve their agenda.
The effects of “doomed planet” hysteria are obvious: stress, anxiety, depression, confusion, fear, even mood disorders, hopelessness, panic and suicide. All this so-called “eco-anxiety” is felt by young people too, and it is harming them in ways we may not even be aware of. Instead of age-appropriate concerns like, “I wonder if my best friend still likes me,” kids now wonder how many months or years until the earth will be annihilated. Can you imagine growing up in this context? It’s intolerable for many fully functional, mature, experienced adults. How must children be feeling and coping with it?
Even if everything the climate change extremists claim is true, is traumatizing our kids with eco-anxiety fair, sound or appropriate? Is it the solution? Clearly not. Dealing rationally and effectively with the various threats and ills of our societies must be handled without epidemic hysteria and manipulating our kids. How will psychologically disabling the upcoming generation of leaders help solve global problems?
Any objective search online, particularly in reputable sources out of the left-leaning mainstream media, of how climate change hysteria started and why it’s spreading will quickly uncover the leftist agendas largely driving it; how Al Gore, one of the movement’s founding fathers, made a personal fortune from it; or how Greta’s mother, opera singer, Malena Ernman (not exactly a “stay-at-home mom”) pushes it (using her daughter, who has anxiety-induced disabilities, including obsessive compulsive disorder, selective mutism, eating disorder and depression, and has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome) to promote her “anti-patriarchy” ideology. She claims that the so-called global climate crisis is really a socio-economic crisis as explained in the book, Scenes from the Heart, written by the Thunberg family.
Read how the idea for Greta to encourage other adolescents to go on strike was suggested to her by Swedish climate lobbyist Bo Thorén and promulgated by financier, Ingmar Rentzhog, who is personally connected to “green” corporations and think-tanks, on the cusp of making “colossal profits” from the “greening of the Western economies,” according to England’s Standpoint Magazine.
Once you have seen for yourself how the “climate emergency” fuels the economic, political and ideological agendas of self-interested parties, and how they target kids to promote their agenda do so – no wonder “they” want to lower the voting age to 16 in some Western countries – your own fear and confusion may well be quelled, and then you can better support your children.
Reading counter-arguments to the movement, supported by science, may help put things in perspective. Try Joe Bastardi’s April 1, 2019 opinion, “Climate change agenda is being driven by hysteria, not facts,” published by Fox News, or Mark Hendrickson’s October 23, 2019 “Who Stole Greta’s Childhood?” published in the Epoch Times, which demonstrate humankind has never lived in better times.
Whether our young people suffer from diagnosable eco-anxiety or not, it seems all Western kids are being burdened beyond what is healthy, reasonable or appropriate, via the pervasive pressure to “save the planet.” This movement places undue fear and doubt in the hearts and minds of the vulnerable young generation. This, in turn, contributes to the erosion of their innocence and sense of security, conditions that, as good parents know, all children need for healthy development.