Translation of contribution by Evert Andersson©2019
Why did we stop questioning?
Climate Friday. Choirs sing for the climate. Global climate strike for the future.
Teachers’ magazine with a debate article, which states that students should be allowed to strike from school for the climate.
A church congregation that encourages climate change.
Everyone calls for the politicians to do something.
What is less clear and probably they have neither deeper knowledge in climate science nor how the society they wish to see will be in reality.
Like the entire establishment in politics and the media, they assume that they are largely unanimous, that there is broadly consensus in the research community about threatening catastrophic climate change. The weaker the arguments, the higher the tone will be. And emotions get to control. You want to belong to the good side.
The phenomenon of Greta has the greatest impact and inspires several of the aforementioned. It would be strange to me to bully a child. Unlike many in Greta Thunberg’s surroundings, she is completely and totally honest in her intent. However, a legitimate question is how the circus around her is possible.Who believes that Arnold Schwarzenegger, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker or alarmist Al Gore is so greatly impressed by her knowledge when she teaches them to the TV cameras? Greta has become a phenomenon and it benefits their agenda to be seen together with her. It is not possible to claim anything other than that a child is totally exploited. No matter how voluntary she may be and with the support of her family. Hope she doesn’t hurt.
It is difficult to reach out with a more sensible message in the media. A bunch of middle-aged white men with placards, who urge the public to wake up , does not raise any emotional storms. And probably no support from any entrepreneur like Ingmar Rentzhog either.Nevertheless, we should think about how we managed this long. The UN man Maurice Strong already said in 1972 that we have ten years to prevent the climate catastrophe. Now 2019, forty six years and a number of alarm reports later, we are told we have twelve years.
Group pressure and group thinking are psychological concepts. In their extreme expressions, they can get usually wise and educated people to act idiotically. (Compare the Macchiarini scandal). Acting against peer pressure requires courage and integrity. It is difficult and costly to break. Both for researchers, politicians and media people.The UN is hardly known to succeed in its core missions. Every report from the UN Climate Panel (IPCC) has a politically negotiated Summary for Policy Makers. It also includes an information strategy that covers everything from elementary school to universities, the media, the public and politics. This is precisely a task they have succeeded to the extent that there is now a concept such as climate anxiety. It affects children and youth most. The basis of the phenomenon of Greta’s enormous impact.
Read the article in Teachers’ newspaper and be horrified. There are three teachers behind the debate article. However, if it reflects how it stands at school, there is reason to be concerned. Intellectual meltdown appears as a relevant description. Meltdown defined as starting something that you cannot stop when it has gone out of control.