Earlier this week, a Montana judged agreed with a group of environmental activist youths who claimed state agencies were somehow violating their constitutional right to clean air and a favorable climate.
The organization representing the children, Our Children’s Trust, is a Montana-based non-profit law firm “that provides strategic, campaign-based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate.”
“Georgi” was one of the sixteen individuals included in the lawsuit. According to her bio, the young woman is a competitive Nordic skier who trains eleven months out of the year. However, Georgi and Our Children’s Trust claims “with less snowfall in the winter, and the snow melting at rapid rates, her training season is often curtailed and has overall shortened in length.”
Montana responded by pointing out that over the last seven years, spring snowpack across Montana has been “normal to above.”
Kathy Seeley, the District Court judge who issued a 103-page opinion in favor of the environmentalists’ curious charges, wasn’t swayed. She said the plaintiffs were able to successfully prove injury, causation, and redressability.
Emily Flower, spokesperson for Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, was blunt in her retort.
“This ruling is absurd, but not surprising from a judge who let the plaintiffs’ attorneys put on a weeklong taxpayer-funded publicity stunt that was supposed to be a trial,” she said. “Montanans can’t be blamed for changing the climate.”
How have we deteriorated to this point, where a court of law rules in favor of someone blaming their state government for too little snow?
It begins with the brainwashing of children when they’re young, telling them so much that’s simply not true, and then convincing them that they’re victims entitled to compensation and more or less of whatever they want.
Or perhaps it begins with a fundamental misunderstanding or outright rejection of God’s sovereignty and supremacy. Is it not the height of hubris and arrogance to believe that man cannot only affect the climate – but control it, too?
Most historians track the origins of radical environmentalism back to the 1970s and 1980s, when “ecocentrism” – belief that animals, trees and air, etc., – should be on par with humans when it came to making policy and decisions related to the environment.
Consider some of the claims made at the first “Earth Day” celebration in 1970.
Denis Hayes, who was the event’s chief organizer, said, “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” Ecologist Ken Watt warned, “We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” George Wald, a Harvard biologist, gave civilization 15 or 30 years.
They were all wrong – but not before instilling fear and a sense of impending doom in young people. That anxiety has been passed down thru years, this despite decades of projections and predictions that have been proven categorically and undeniably wrong.
Columbia University researchers recently released a study showing liberal teenagers are more depressed than their conservative peers because they’re anxious about many social causes – including the ever-changing climate.
It’s long past time for public schools and mass media to stop feeding children climate-related propaganda. The crisis facing children has nothing to do with the weather. Instead, it has to do with our youth navigating and discerning a world and culture constantly and consistently trying to pass along fiction as fact.
And by the way, despite what some may believe, there is no such thing as a constitutional right to skiing during the summer in North America.
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