The recent surge in “eco-terrorism,” including the glorification of pipeline destruction in the movie “How to Blow Up a Pipeline,” raises concerns about the indoctrination of young people. Many of these young activists fervently believe they are fighting for the planet’s survival, sometimes going to the extreme of gluing their hands to priceless artwork or engaging in other dangerous activities.
While their dedication may be admirable, the belief that our planet is at risk of becoming unlivable due to fossil fuel usage and meat consumption is misguided. Most scientific research, including reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, does not indicate that Earth is facing an imminent climate catastrophe.
Unfortunately, the media’s promotion of this apocalyptic rhetoric is having a significant impact on young people’s mental health. It is also contributing to the rise of eco-terrorism and other radical environmental activism.
Some media sources have started to backtrack on the most extreme climate change messaging, acknowledging that the constant fearmongering is making people less likely to support climate initiatives. This approach can lead to hopelessness, anxiety, and depression among the public.
Young eco-warriors need to understand that their actions are inadvertently serving the interests of an authoritarian elite who seek more power. The immediate abandonment of fossil fuels, elimination of cattle, and a switch to all-organic farming would lead to the deaths of billions, particularly among the world’s poorest.
Demanding such sweeping changes also ignores the negative consequences of increased reliance on battery-based infrastructure. This would require more open-pit mining and deforestation, resulting in further human suffering and environmental degradation.
It’s essential for these young activists to realize that their compassion is being manipulated to serve the interests of a wealthy, power-hungry elite who lack empathy for anyone but themselves. The planet is not facing an imminent disaster, and it is possible to use fossil fuels responsibly while protecting the environment. It’s time for young people to recognize the truth behind the climate change narrative and channel their passion for meaningful, effective solutions.