Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Humans are the Problem?

Given the platform of deep ecology—which is the foundational thought leader of the environmentalist movement—the type of advertisement noted in this article from the Wall Street Journal is not surprising.

An excerpt.

“What kind of people blow up children?

“White supremacists, for one example. On the morning of Sept. 15, 1963, members of a Ku Klux Klan "splinter group" set off dynamite under the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls: Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley. Denise was 11; the other three were 14.

“Islamic supremacists, for another example. Groups like Hamas and al Qaeda not only attack civilians indiscriminately but frequently employ Muslim children as suicide bombers. Our friend Brooke Goldstein made a whole movie about it.

“There's a new kind of supremacist on the scene: green supremacists. They haven't blown up any children--not in real life. But they've been thinking about it.

“A British outfit called the 10:10 Campaign hired Richard Curtis, a writer and producer of cinematic comedies, to produce a four-minute video promoting its effort to encourage people to cut "carbon emissions." The result, titled "No Pressure," struck James Delingpole, a global-warming skeptic who writes for London's Daily Telegraph, as "deliciously, unspeakably, magnificently bleeding awful." He's being too kind.

“The video opens with a young teacher lecturing a classroom of children who look to be about the age of the Birmingham bombing victims. "Right, kids, just before you go, there's a brilliant idea in the air that I'd like to run by you," she says. "Now, it's called 10:10. The idea is, everyone starts cutting their carbon emissions by 10%, thus keeping the planet safe for everyone, eventually. Now, this hasn't got to be a huge thing, but I would love it if you and your families would think about doing something."

"What sort of thing, miss?" asks a male student.

"Well, like getting your dad to insulate the loft, or taking your next holiday by train instead of flying, or buying energy-saving light bulbs."

"We're thinking of using our car less," says a female student. "I'm going to cycle to school."

"That's fantastic, Jemima," says the teacher. "Now, no pressure at all, but it would be great to get a sense of how many of you might do this--just a rough percentage."

“Almost all the kids in the school raise their hand. "That's fantastic!" says the teacher. "And those not?"

“A surly-looking girl, arms crossed defensively, shrugs her shoulders. A boy does the same. "Phillip and Tracy," says the teacher. "That's fine, that's absolutely fine. Your own choice."

“The bell rings. "OK, class," the teacher says. "Thank you so much for today, and I will see you all tomorrow." We see a close-up of Phillip, as the teacher continues: "Just before you all go, I just need to press"--she moves some papers on her desk to reveal--"this little button here."

“She presses it. Phillip and Tracy blow up. The other children scream as blood and viscera fly across the classroom. The teacher's parting words: "Now everybody, please remember to read chapters 5 and 6 on volcanoes and glaciation. Excepting Phillip and Tracy, of course."

“In case you didn't get the point, there follow similar scenes, involving adult victims, set in a workplace, on a soccer field and in a sound studio.”