A meeting of The Climate Reality Project convened in Chicago this past Wednesday. This was the Project’s 23rd climate activist training session. 1,500 participants were challenged “to undertake more than one thousand Acts of Leadership, including presentations in their communities, public hearings, and media outreach”. No climate change summit would be complete without a keynote address from the earth’s prophet of doom, Former Vice President and Nobel Laureate, Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.:
“I want you to join with Climate Reality and me to come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make our planet a better place and translate that potential into action.”
One the initiatives, Reality Drop, trains activists on a media platform most likely to appeal to the interests and abilities of future activists, indoctrinated anarchists and those who think in 140 characters or less: a video game app. Reality Drop tags environmentally-centric articles and discussion forums where activists can choose with a click of the destroy denial or spread truth button to drop some reality on “fossilized thinkers”. Activists earn points destroying “mega myths“ and increase their rank by the number of “drops deployed.” This cleverly contrived scheme comes complete with foolproof mechanisms to ensure that the message of dirty energy creates dirty weather isn‘t compromised by independent thought. Talking points are fed to activists via the myth vs. reality link, where rebuttals require minimal intellectual strain.
The objective of these tactics is to silence or muffle the voice of dissent by saturating the arena of ideas with seminar bloggers and propagandists.
Is it little wonder why The Climate Change Project and Reality Drop are targeting social media-savvy youths? Boomers and AARP members have seen the plight of the environmental movement and can smell the odor of questionable motives like the lined pockets of a Qatar oil sheik buying Current TV.
They have witnessed the backlash of post-WWII consumerism and hijacking of noble conservationist organizations such as the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and the National Parks Service for ideological purposes. The message has gone from “give a hoot, don’t pollute” to “save an elk, shoot a land developer.”
Isn’t it laughable that Al Gore, with his recent $500 million windfall from Al Jazeera, prefaces his indoctrinal messages with the following warning: “Big Oil and Big Coal are spending big money to spread lies about climate science. Their ‘think tanks’ produce false theories. Their ‘experts’ spout false claims. They flood online comment streams with false information.” Of course, he and his apostles are doing just that with their think tanks, consensus of science experts and contrived social media minions.
What the Climate Reality Project and the Climate Change movement at-large needs is not so much mobilization but reformation. Like any religious patriarchy that is drunk with power, there lies a need for reform. The conservationists of old should rise up and establish a reformed church that stands for responsible eco-stewardship devoid of legalism, indoctrination and indulgences. Who will be the reformist Martin Luther to Al Gore’s Pope Leo X, former Greenpeace member and Canadian ecologist, Patrick Moore?