Is your hamburger destroying the earth? Does your car offend Gaia? Should we all stop eating, and shiver through the winter, to save the earth?
This article isn’t intended to be scientific, it’s an expression of my own observations. However, if you want to be scientific in a critique of the current obsession with climate change, you can (1).
YOU ARE BEING HERDED
The agenda to change the world is now almost in full swing, and unfortunately, a large portion of the population, more concerned with their daily lives and what’s on the menu today, are like the Proles in Orwell’s 1984: just prepared to let those in power dictate what they can and cannot do without question. It depresses a man such as myself, who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, when young people would question authority, teachers and professors and the media, to now see many in our time comply easily: to adopt and embrace the narrative of the establishment, and to believe every word they’re told.
Just a few decades ago we were being warned that global warming was going to make the earth unlivable by now. We were all going to fry, and the ocean was going to destroy low-lying beaches and towns. Not many noticed that wealthy people who shared the rhetoric, such as Barak Obama, were buying beach-front property.
And by the way, I’m all for minimizing the use of plastics.
The term “global warming” didn’t ring true for most people. Winter remained cold and wet, and summer has always been warm or hot, as attested to by anyone who has lived long enough. So the scare-all term was changed to “climate change”. This one is much more easy to manipulate the masses with, because, yes, last week it was sunny and warm, and now, all of a sudden, it’s cool and windy. I’ve been around long enough (sixty four years) to be able to tell you that in my lifetime it’s always been that way. Bob Hope, a popular comedian in the nineteen fifties and sixties, joked on a visit to the UK (where I’m from) sixty years ago, that “England is the only country where you get all four seasons in one day”. When I was a boy we had hot days, we had cold days, and we had days when hail would suddenly fall and stop our sunbathing. The level of the river in my home town is no higher now than it was sixty years ago. I can tell you that nothing has changed. Or has it?
CLIMATE HAS CHANGED BEFORE
Our distant ancestors, we’re told, had to deal with the last ice-age. In this time, which supposedly ended around fourteen thousand years ago, ice sheets thousands of feet thick buried lands now occupied by the nations of northern Europe, northern Asia and North America. The world was far colder then than it is today, and it took hundreds of years for those ice sheets and glaciers to retreat. There are remains of communities under the sea around Britain, in the Black Sea, and other places, which disappeared underwater long before the Industrial Revolution, and long before you ate a single hamburger. Could it be that the ice-sheets are still in process of retreating? Who caused the ice age? Whose fault was it? What industry was attacking the environment, and who was burning fossil fuels besides a few cavemen attempting to stay alive?
The climate has changed numerous times and in numerous ways throughout earth history, which, according to the secularists, is billions of years long. Any change which might actually be taking place now (I said might) could just be a part of one of those natural changes. However, you are being blamed for each sunny hot day now. You ate too many hamburgers. You drank milk from the cow which farted and released methane into the atmosphere. You had the audacity to want to be warm and well-fed! It’s your fault, says the narrative and the elites working to stop you eating that little chunk of meat you treated yourself to, while their table is lavish and rich. Independent observers have documented how the elites swan around the world in their private jets and limousines, which pump huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. These are the people planning how you must change your life. This is the gross hypocrisy of tyrants throughout history.
I’ve reviewed a BBC “In Our Time” radio broadcast on this blog. In the episode titled “The Evolution of Crocodiles” and in other episodes I’ve reviewed, we’re told by expert panels of evolutionists (I don’t believe in macro-evolution) that mass-extinction events have altered the course of evolution and earth history. These occurred long, long before you were a twinkle in your father’s eye-or anyone’s eye. Some of these mass-extinction events involved climate change on a scale that not even Greta Thunberg or Al Gore have imagined, and images depicting these events show conditions no-one on earth witnesses today. Whose fault were they? Did the crocodiles eat too much meat? Did dinosaurs fart too much? Did they drive fossil-fueled cars?
HAMBURGERS AND RESPONSIBILITY
There may well be some small change in the climate occurring: such things are known to have occurred even over the last two thousand years-naturally. I entirely agree with being responsible in the way we farm and dispose of garbage and burn fuel. I’ve always thought that all of our forests should be preserved and promoted, along with many vast open and unspoiled places. I love all of nature and have always wished it to be preserved as much as possible. But preventing you from eating a hamburger or a steak-as some elites and vote hungry politicians are intent on doing-isn’t going to make any real difference. As any committed evolutionist will tell you, life will find a way. Their stories of the past will tell you that plainly, and as a firm believer in God’s creative power and will, I can see that that’s how God has designed life.
It seems to me that the issue of climate change is largely fabricated and definitely exaggerated. It’s now exaggerated by politicians who see it as their opportunity to get the votes they need to give them power and a prosperous income. It’s exaggerated by extremists in the environmental movement who think that humanity is a blight on the earth, and it’s being exaggerated by those wanting to bring down the West and destroy capitalism. And what’s made the whole concept take off is that in our materialistic society, where God has been largely exorcised from public consideration, people are desperate-naturally-to find meaning to life. Saving the planet has provided the perfect opportunity for millions to find that meaning. Each time the well-meaning participant in the whole charade eats a carrot rather than a hamburger, or walks to his destination rather than using a car, he’s getting a little buzz of self-pride, in the knowledge that his life is not insignificant after all: he’s saving the earth from certain disaster. He’s saving it for coming generations. He’s sending a signal to others around him (and this is where mass psychosis comes in) that he is virtuous and entirely woke. And what could be more meaningful than that?