Political Editors / Apr. 22, 2021

In Brief: Earth Day Dogma and Indoctrination

Ecofascists have made this day not about conservation but about leftist policy wishlists.

Today is Earth Day. We’ve had a lot to say about this most holy of ecofascist holidays in the past, and today’s entry comes from Henry Miller, a physician and molecular biologist with the Pacific Research Institute, and Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the Consumer Choice Center. They write:

The first Earth Day celebration was conceived by then-U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson and held in 1970 as a “symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship.” In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience, and most activities were organized at the grassroots level.

Sadly, today’s Earth Day shares something with the current political environment: It reeks of divisiveness.

Earth Day has devolved into an occasion for environmental Cassandras to prophesy apocalypse, dish antitechnology dirt, and proselytize for a “woke” agenda. Passion and zeal routinely trump science, and provability takes a back seat to plausibility.

Naturally, it has become a leftist political club.

The theme of this year’s event, “Restore Our Earth,” has expanded to encompass a progressive wish list, including “examin[ing] climate and environmental justice, connecting the climate crisis to issues of pollution, poverty, police brutality, and the pandemic, all within a racial justice framework.”

It’s full, they note, of indoctrinating children through various curriculum items, including reading Rachel Carson’s deceptive screed, Silent Spring, which is responsible for the DDT ban, and therefore millions of malaria deaths.

There’s indoctrination because climate alarmism has become a religion.

The late physician and novelist Michael Crichton … argued in his much-acclaimed novel “State of Fear” that ecofundamentalists have reinterpreted traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs and myths and made a religion of environmentalism. This religion has its own Eden and paradise, where mankind lived in a state of grace and unity with nature until mankind’s fall, which came not after eating a forbidden fruit, but after partaking of the forbidden tree of knowledge — that is, technology. This religion also has a judgment day to come for us in this polluted world — all of us, that is, except for true environmentalists, who will be saved by achieving “sustainability.”

This matters a great deal for all of us.

The tiny-minded misanthropes have enjoyed some dubious “successes.” They have effectively banished agricultural biotechnology from Europe and much of Africa, put the chemical industry on the run, and placed the pharmaceutical industry in their crosshairs. …

Ecofundamentalism strangles scientific creativity and technological innovation, blocking the availability of products which, used responsibly, could dramatically improve and extend many lives and protect the environment.

Neither of those things is the agenda for ecofascists.

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