Decades of catastrophic climate change claims have terrorized generations into believing the planet will be uninhabitable by the time they have children of their own. Young people today are no different.
In 1970, Peter Gunter, a professor at North Texas State University, predicted that “by the year 2000…the whole world except Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be starving”. But 50 years later, that’s just not the case.
Also in 1970, Harvard biologist George Wald prophesied that “civilization will end in 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against the problems facing mankind.” Obviously, this is not the case. In fact, here are 29 graphs showing that the world has been better than ever.
In 2008, former Vice President Al Gore warned that there was a “75% chance that the entire North Pole Ice Sheet” would be completely obliterated during the summer months “within the next five to seven years”. . Except that the ice covers more of the Arctic this year than in 2012, according at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Endless “catastrophism”, as described by Alex Epstein, who describes the years of hysteria in his book “Fossil Future‘, has left today’s young people paralyzed by ‘climate anxiety’.
In December, The Lancet published a study of a team of nine researchers including psychologists, environmental scientists and psychiatrists who surveyed 10,000 people between the ages of 16 and 25 about their anxiety related to climate change and the response of their governments. Seventy-five percent of respondents in 10 different countries said they felt “the future is scary”. Researchers reported that nearly half of all participants said their “feelings about climate change negatively affected their daily life and functioning.”
The study also showed fewer and fewer young wanting to reproduce, apparently out of fear of climate change. Nearly 40% said their anxiety about the weather made them “reluctant to have children”. According according to a 2020 Morning Consult survey, 1 in 4 adults cited climate change as a reason for remaining childless. While children are often portrayed as environmental burdens, including by current Bureau of Land Management director Tracy Stone-Manning in her doctoral dissertation, population decline is itself a major long-term issue facing future generations will face.
But now today’s children inundated with relentless catastrophizing by journalists who themselves grew up with prophetic warnings about the “climate crisis” are launching lawsuits.
In February, the first youth-led climate change lawsuit goes to trial as 16 plaintiffs sue Montana over the government’s promotion of fossil fuels. Oregon-based environmental legal group Our Children’s Trust has co-opted Montana teens in Held against Montana State to force Helena to phase out fossil fuels as a centerpiece of state energy policy.
Coverage of the trial was a predictable cheerleader with a spotlight on young people’s anxieties over the weather. An April article from the Guardian title “Fossil fuels against our future: Young Montanans are leading a historic climate fight,” was published in the “Climate Crimes” section of the British newspaper.
“The 16 youngsters, who were aged between 2 and 18 when they filed the lawsiut in March 2020, have already felt the impacts of climate change,” the Guardian reported. “As these environmental consequences mount, young people have become a leading force in the climate activism movement.”
Their lawsuit seeks to undermine Montana’s lucrative fossil fuel industry, claiming the emissions violate the right to a clean environment guaranteed by the state constitution. According According to the Energy Information Administration, Montana is home to “the largest estimated recoverable coal reserves among the states” and provides 30% of the nation’s coal. Even with six operating coal mines and four private coal-fired power plants, the state is already in the top 10 states for renewable energy use. fifty-two percent of the electricity supplied by the Montana power grid was generated by renewable energy.
This summer, however, the Montana attorney general’s office lost a motion in the state Supreme Court to dismiss the case now headed to trial this winter.
“Our Children’s Trust is a special interest group that exploits well-meaning children — including a 4-year-old and an 8-year-old — to achieve its goal of stopping responsible energy development in Montana,” Kyler said. Nerison, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office, in a statement to The Federalist. “Unable to implement their policies through our normal processes of representative government, these out-of-state climate activists are attempting to use the liberal courts of Montana to impose their authoritarian climate agenda on us.”
In his costume cover, CBS News quoted an anxious activist who worries about having children.
“At best, they will grow up in a different environment than mine and with the same guilt and fear that I have about this issue,” Grace Gibson-Snyder told CBS. “At worst, they will suffer directly from fires, floods and famines. I think a lot of my peers are going through very similar things.
However, floods, fires and famines are not new phenomena for humanity. In fact, today’s nations have adapted to handle environmental disasters far better than ever before in human history when people simply lived at the mercy of the elements. Climate-related deaths fell by more than 98 percent since 1900 despite higher emissions. Damage related to meteorological disasters also fall from 0.26% of global GDP to 0.18% from 1990 to 2020 as nations grow with cheap and reliable energy offered by fossil fuels, allowing us to cope with severe weather events.
Meanwhile, if the kids wanted to sue someone for future emissions, they could start with the Big Green interest groups working to eliminate nuclear power as a viable zero-emissions alternative, like the Sierra Clubthe World Wide Fund for Nature and green peace. Unlike weather-dependent wind and solar technologies, nuclear provides reliable, instantaneous and environmentally sustainable power for a fraction of the area needed to install panel and turbine trusses.
Tristan Justice is the Western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan is a graduate of George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]