Children also need to hear both sides of a debate

Another example of one-sided reports is the current global warming awareness programme in schools. Man-made global warming has not been satisfactorily proven. Not to my satisfaction anyway. Scientists have not reached a consensus about this – nor should they feel obliged to do this. We are told the very essence of science is to question and continue to learn. Yet Al Gore et al have decided that anthropogenic global warming is a reality and that the world should therefore be subjected to carbon taxes and various restrictions in order to save the planet.

Who would object to saving the planet? We have no problems with that. However, there is another side to this. We are also told that climate change is a perfectly natural cycle and that some centuries ago vineyards were commonplace in England. At the same time we are also aware of the paintings of skaters on the Thames during a very cold spell in the 17th century. We need balance. But it seems that those who don’t parrot the accepted line are ignored, ridiculed or simply declared to be wrong! 

Of great concern is the fact that schoolchildren throughout the world are being indoctrinated with these details. The point is not whether or not it is correct but that a certain viewpoint is being used to influence children many of whom are at an age where they have not yet fully developed reasoning skills. In any case, should they doubt or question this matter would it be wise to do openly query it? The pressure to conform is enormous.

Australian psychologists have expressed concern about the depth of conditioning that occurs with regard to anthropogenic global warming. Although not necessarily sceptics they question the methods being employed to introduce and sustain the message.

Dr Stocklmayer said she was not a climate-change sceptic but worried that “too much time was spent presenting scary scenarios, especially to young people”

“(Children) feel incredibly despondent and helpless in the face of all this negative information,” she said. “To put all of this before our children … is one of the most appalling things we can do to (them).

Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg called on educators  to be  “more circumspect and present both sides (of the climate-change debate)”.

“When you repeat things over and over to young people who don’t have the cognitive maturity and emotional maturity to process this stuff, you end up creating unnecessary anxiety,” he said.

As we all know, the media has never been shy in telling us about the latest doom mongering predictions that man made climate change will inflict on the world. In the seventies some climate scientists were predicting a new mini ice age. One of the more extreme predictions, that has recently surfaced on the internet as a hot topic, relates to a prediction in 2005 that there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010

While writing this I have become aware that many could reject my views simply because I am introducing an alternative view of the present man-made global warming indoctrination. That fact, in itself, demonstrates how far things have gone. We must always be permitted to question and to demand proof of stories we are being presented with and our children should be granted the same possibilities.


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