Written by Rajan Laad via AmericanThinker.com,
The day before yesterday, the BBC carried a piece titled “Earth Day: How to Talk to Your Parents About Climate Change.”
The article begins by addressing its underage readers:
You want to go vegan to help the planet, but don’t pay for shopping. You think trains are better than planes, but your dad is booking summer vacation.
Young people are some of the world’s most powerful climate leaders and want swift action to tackle the problem.
Big changes are hard, especially when they involve other people. Where do you start? For Earth Day this year, we talked to people who have successfully had tricky climate talks at home. Here are their top tips:
The piece is divided into three sections focused on what he implies are the evils of our times.
The first section focuses on “How to talk about not having meat.”
The section begins by stating that “Eating less meat is one of the best ways to reduce our impact on the planet, scientists say.”
The piece introduces us to 17-year-old Ilse, who has dyed her hair bright red, and her parents, Antònia and Sally.
The BBC claims the family ate meat twice or even three times a day, but when Ilse was 13, she “decided to do more about climate change and read that cutting meat was a good start.”
Sally and Antonia were understandably skeptical of the plan at first. They were concerned about not getting enough protein and the fact that Ilse was too young to make that decision.
But they still complied with Ilse’s wishes and started with a test of one day a week, proceeded to increase and after a year, they were completely meat-free.
Sally says that seeing the emotional impact of the issue on her daughter helped persuade her that it was the right thing for her family.
The BBC reveals that Ilse is part of ‘Teach the Parent’, a UK-based campaign that “encourages these conversations between generations”.
The group was started by young people “frustrated by the lack of international climate action and their feelings of powerlessness”.
Ilse advises her young colleagues that even if the first conversation with adults goes wrong, they should keep trying. “Big lifestyle changes take time. If you bring it up every now and then, it will shape people’s attitudes over the long term.”
The next travel-oriented section begins as follows:
“The way we travel is a major source of carbon emissions, but switching between driving or flying can limit family holidays and cost more.
The piece introduces us to Phoebe L Hanson, a 21-year-old student who convinced her family to holiday in the UK instead of flying abroad.
Like Ilse, the BBC treats Phoebe as an expert.
Phoebe recommends using fear tactics and emotional blackmail.
“Say something like, ‘I’m so afraid of my future, these are the reasons why I want to do something.’
It presents a solution, not just a problem, explains Phoebe. “Give them options for something fun or exciting.”
He also says one answer to money worries is to discuss what kind of world parents want children to inherit.
Finally, the piece focuses on “how to talk about being waste-free.”
Meet young Becky Little, who convinced her parents Rob and Ellen to cut down on food waste and think more carefully about what they buy.
Becky has the following advice:
“Be well informed about the things you want your family to start changing so they can see you care and have done some research.”
“Explain why it will make their lives easier or cheaper.”
“Make connections with things they care about.”
The BBC reveals that Becky’s family likes to “volunteer to make meals out of leftovers to give to people in their local community”.
“It’s important not to go into it expecting to change your whole life. Little things can make a difference,” explains Becky.
The condescending, condescending and insolent attitude of these petulant children and their assumption of superiority over the very adults who brought them into this world is turning.
What’s surprising is that neither the author nor anyone in the BBC editorial team seem to understand how ridiculous the claims and “advice” of pompous, arrogant, self-righteous fans seem to carry.
This piece is totally, utterly and completely absurd, it reads like a parody, but the editors seem totally unaware of it.
Most families happily change their habits when they become parents. Parents should refrain from foul language, lying and showing anger in front of their children. Most parents hide their problems before their young children. Most parents change their TV and movie viewing habits for their children. This is perfectly natural because the goal is to provide the child with a loving and stable environment.
But this does not mean that parents capitulate to every ridiculous whim of their child. There is a difference between loving an individual and spoiling an individual. An important part of parenting is instilling values and discipline, which can sometimes require some strictness and standing firm in the fact of petulance.
Totalitarian regimes have always exploited young children to push their agenda. They know that children are impressionable and that with some effort they can be brainwashed. These regimes know that most parents, out of love and concern for their children, tend to give in to their children’s demands and whims. Greta Thunberg was elevated for this very reason and they had some success, the state is using its power to create many more Gretas. They know that anyone who defies the ridiculous demands of these children can be labeled cruel.
What is surprising is that this is happening in a democracy like the UK
The state through its mouthpieces like the BBC is trying to exploit children to further its cause: to control the lives of citizens.
It is also important to state that every healthy person wants a clean environment and environment because it is essential for good health. What is not welcome is for the regime to try to interfere in people’s personal spaces or exploit children to further their agenda. It is also insulting to citizens when the regime assumes they know better than the very citizens who gave them power.
What is also worrying are the dual standards.
The BBC will never carry an article advising world leaders or climate “activists” to ditch travel, summits and conclaves and replace them with video conferencing to reduce their carbon footprint.
Instead, the state expects ordinary people to make compromises.
This hypocrisy is consistent:
Gun control for you, armed bodyguards for them.
Defund the police for you, barricades and police protection for them.
Open the borders while their homes are surrounded by impregnable walls.
No planes for you, private jets for them.
There is a gulf of difference between what they believe, what they say, what they mean, and ultimately what they do.
George Orwell wrote the following in his magisterial 1984, it is quite surprising how he understood totalitarian regimes and their relationship with children.
Almost all the kids today were horrible. Worst of all, by means of organizations such as the spies, they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and this produced no tendency for them to rebel against party discipline. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything related to it…
All his ferocity was directed outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be afraid of their own children.