[SPPI Note: The manipulative use of innocent children for personal and political gain is among the most despicable behavior in which humans engage. Not only does it rob them of childhood, but the indoctrination by fear harms them emotionally and physically. See http://ff.org/centers/csspp/pdf/szwarc_072006.pdf
Failing in the science debate, the increasing use of fear by global warming fundamentalists like Gore and David is executed with utter disregard for the safety, health and well-being of others.
Adults are also harmed. A significant body of medical evidence has shown that today’s pervasive climate of fear and anxiety is harmful to physical and mental well-being and quality of life. The resulting physiological changes suppress immune systems and lead to more infections and delayed healing, accelerate aging and worsen chronic diseases of aging, and contribute to premature death. Those with high levels of fear, for example, had tripled the fatal heart attacks and six times more sudden deaths compared to those with low levels of anxiety in a two-year study from the
of Public Health. Fears are increasingly directed at our most vulnerable — pregnant women, babies and young children — but the evidence indicates they are most harmed by fears, endangering the neurological development of babies and young children and increasing risks for pregnancy complications and preterm deliveries.] Harvard School
From The New York Times‘s Nicholas Kristof
I ran into Al Gore at a climate/energy conference this month, and he vibrates with passion about this issue — recognizing that we should confront mortal threats even when they don’t emanate from Al Qaeda.
"We are now treating the Earth’s atmosphere as an open sewer," he said, and (perhaps because my teenage son was beside me) he encouraged young people to engage in peaceful protests to block major new carbon sources.
"I can’t understand why there aren’t rings of young people blocking bulldozers," Mr. Gore said, "and preventing them from constructing coal-fired power plants."
Say it, Al! But it’s not just young people who need to do it — everyone needs to join in, starting with you. Shutting down coal plants, blockading palm-oil importers like Imperium Renewables and other rainforest destroyers, and stopping work at oil refineries could move the climate debate beyond just personal action and put the spotlight squarely on the big polluters who are the real culprits behind the problem.
This could be Al Gore’s Gandhi moment (especially appropriate for a Nobel Peace Prize nominee). It would be great if you (in conjunction with say, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network, and other civil disobedience-oriented environmental groups) announced a day of civil disobedience to confront polluters — and were the first one to get arrested. You’ll find thousands of people, myself included, to back you up.