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Move over, St Greta, you’re past it!


THE first Children’s Parliament, up to 650 youngsters aged seven to 11 representing their own areas of the UK, will meet for their first online session on October 29. The project, which ‘launched its successful Green Britain crusade earlier this year’, is backed by the Daily Express.  

and ‘the internationally successful British online educational website Wakelet’, whose founder Jamil Khalil stated: ‘Climate change has become highly topical for young people and we’re delighted to be involved in such a vital, significant project as the Children’s Parliament. It’s really important children are engaged in the democratic process, at the youngest age, and debate issues that really matter to them and to all of us.’  

It is one thing to encourage children to pick up their litter and perhaps even tidy their rooms, but giving them responsibility for cleaning up the planet – for stopping it warming, or cooling, or whatever it is supposed to be doing this week – is one giant step in irresponsibility for grown-ups. Granted, the role of the Children’s Parliament seems to be to employ their formidable ‘pester power’ to nag politicians into ‘doing something about climate change’; but if they realised what was involved in doing that something – reducing carbon emissions to zero by turning back the clock of civilisation to year zero, with seriously negative outcomes for their own lifestyles – they might not be so enthusiastic in their support for extreme environmentalism.

There are unfortunate echoes of the Children’s Crusade of 1212, which ended in failure; nonetheless, we are told that youngsters must ‘have a voice’, despite the fact that nobody seems to have listened to the voice of voters, who have consistently ignored the Greens in the ‘democratic process’ – hence their grand total of one MP.

It is implied that voters, being so old, cannot possibly know what they should be voting for; but it is clear that these children know only what they have been told, as one boy, Cameron Lee, made clear when he said he thought the Children’s Parliament was a ‘good idea’, since ‘children’s voices being heard means that older people aren’t in control of everything and get to hear both sides of the argument’. Perhaps Cameron thinks children should be put ‘in control’, having already said that ‘we should stop burning or using fossil fuels’ and that electric cars ‘are really important, because they don’t put CO2 emissions into the atmosphere’. He had no suggestions for how all the electric cars would be charged, and no idea that the ‘alternatives’ to fossil fuels – if indeed they are not mere pipe dreams – are themselves polluting and take huge amounts of energy, or that ‘free’ wind power requires expensive back-up from fossil fuels when the wind does not blow

These children have been fed one-sided green propaganda, but given the population control tendencies of the deepest-dyed greens, it is beyond ironic to choose little children to front their campaign to make the world poorer, colder and sicker. No doubt their innocent appeal will guilt-trip adults into not criticising the ruthless exploitation of youth in a manner that would make the Nazis of old and the current crop of Communists green with envy.

In reality, the role of these children is to spout the alarmist claptrap of green zealots, woke politicians and ageing anti-human Malthusians, who are at risk of being accused of crying wolf once too often. What a shame that children are no longer allowed to read real fairy tales warning them of the wicked wolf, and instead are raised on the thin vegan gruel of green scary tales.

It would be cruel to tell them that they had better make the most of their 15 minutes of fame because like the ageing Greta Thunberg they will soon be past it. Hailed as the wunderkind of the green movement, St Greta has now reached the ripe old age of 18, and no doubt the hunt will be on for a replacement, selected from among the most fresh-faced but also most zealous and credulous of schoolchildren.

Already people are saying they will not be having children because of ‘climate change’, but if the world takes the green message seriously, there will be no more children to find solutions to the real problems of the world.

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Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer
Ann Farmer is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Movement (Catholic University of America, 2008).

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