August 08, 2016

Dr. Tim Ball: How the “green” environmental movement took over society

Tim BallRebel Columnist

Societies change due to what experts call paradigm shifts. American physicist Thomas Kuhn defined these shifts as “a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.” These shifts occur regionally and across the globe. However, when they are global, the reaction and impact are markedly different, and often contradictory. 

The major paradigm of environmentalism began in the latter half of the 20th century. It was a necessary shift because it is logical not to soil your nest. But like all shifts, it was hijacked for profit or politics or both.

The ideas of environmentalism, of living with an awareness of nature, are not new. Almost all hunter-gatherer and pastoral societies practiced animism, a religious form of environmentalism. Animism is defined in two parts: the attribution of a soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena, and the belief in a supernatural power that organizes and animates the material universe.

Environmentalism is built into most other religions, with the major difference being humans’ degree of personal and group responsibility for the Earth. The modern Western idea of environmentalism has roots in the works of Gilbert White, George Perkins Marsh, and John Muir. However, these idealists never considered the impact of their ideas on most people. As a result, they are only heroes in retrospect.

When a new paradigm is introduced, a small group, usually called innovators, seize the idea and exploit it for profit or power or both.

Another small group who deliberately ignore or even work to prevent adoption are sometimes called laggards.

In the middle are the majority who see some advantages in the new paradigm but are unsure of its implications.

People know that with change there are winners and losers, but don’t know who they will be, so, wisely they wait for greater clarity, asking, “It sounds like a good idea, but how far do we go with it?”

And that is the question that puzzled me: How do people who accept but don’t understand the wider implications of a new paradigm come to learn the limits?

I discovered the answer while trying to determine the role of extremists in society. I gradually realized that they are the ones who define the limits of new paradigms for the majority.

The realization emerged from watching the introduction of the other new paradigm in the 20th century, feminism. It was a necessary change, and there are still many changes required. Most people, especially women, realized it was necessary and would improve society.

Feminism was embraced by a small group and resisted by another, while the majority in the middle asked: How far do we go?

After the extremists took over, the majority said, “That’s going too far. Now we are losing more than we are gaining.” Meanwhile, several of the laggards were pressured to adopt and adapt.

Early environmentalism was an idea before its time. But as Victor Hugo said, "No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.”

A report by Simon Fraser University confirms that people are creatures of symbolism. They say:

The publication of Rachael Carson’s best selling book "Silent Spring" in 1962 was a first turning point in the emergence of environmentalism.

The idea was reinforced by another powerful symbol a few years later: the composite photographic "Earthrise" image from pictures taken from Apollo 8. 

The picture is from 22,000 miles above the Earth, and there is no evidence of humankind at all. The image made people conscious of the finiteness of our planet.

The idea of limits became the major theme of the environmental movement. Three books of influence were Paul Ehrlich’s "The Population Bomb" (1968), Dennis Meadows' "Limits to Growth" (1972), and the Brundtland Report, “Our Common Future" (1987).

Groups such as Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the Suzuki Foundation emerged to exploit the idea, primarily to acquire political power. They controlled by eco-bullying from the moral high ground.

Gradually, a few people began to question the claims made. Aaron Wildavsky’s book “But is it True?” (1995) examined all the claims of environmental catastrophe, including Carson’s charge against DDT.

None of them proved true.    

However, the public remained unaware because the media ignored problems with the claims or agreed with the eco-bullies. Environmentalists also launched personal attacks on any who raised questions. Critics were easily marginalized as “skeptics”, “deniers” “conspiracy theorists” or on the payroll of fossil fuel companies.

Many other people, in contrast, accepted the ideas of environmentalism. Emboldened by this success, environmentalists began to impose their ideas on other cultures, just like modern missionaries. Paul Driessen identified this practice in his book with the devastating subtitle "Eco-Imperialism: Green Power Black Death." The “black death” refers mostly to the estimated 100 million Africans who died unnecessarily because DDT was banned thanks to Carson's book’s false claims.

Gradually, as the false threats, claims of disaster and all the lies are slowly exposed, the final phase of paradigm adoption emerges. You can admit the error and make amends, or you double down and become more extreme.

With paradigms, the latter is always the choice of those who exploited the idea. Ironically, as they become more extreme, they further define the limits of the idea for the majority.

As people lose jobs, economies falter, and they learn that there is no credibility to the stories used for leverage, they adapt and adopt the necessary new paradigm and consign the exploiters to the scrap heap of history.

Unfortunately, these exploiters are never held accountable for the communities destroyed, the industries and businesses eliminated and the lives disrupted or even lost.

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commented 2016-08-12 01:01:29 -0400
Actually, the Nazis were the first real “environmentalists” of the 20th c. And if you dig into the history of the modern env. movement, you’ll find that it is, indeed, nothing more than rebranded National Socialism. And we all know how that worked out.
commented 2016-08-08 18:05:06 -0400
If you think the green party is barmy, just wait… one-by-one, as climate alarmists are proven wrong, their narrative and political aspirations fade. They are undergoing a soros inspired shift to even more radical ideology.
Anti-Semitic / Islamic / ultra-left and other fascists are disappointed with the NDP, CPC and LPC. These types are in desperate need of a political advocate… obviously they cannot open a fascist party so they dog pile on other people’s revolutions and seek to take them over. This is the case with the green party of Canada. despite the public disapproval of Elizabeth May, her party was hijacked over this past weekend and a BDS attack on Israel was enshrined in the green’s policy. The result is going to be that fairly decent but environmentally misguided people are going to leave the green party in droves, and anti-Semitic / Islamic / ultra left wing radicals are going to flock to the green party like moths to a flame. So again, if you think ‘greens’ are nutty now, just wait, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
commented 2016-08-08 17:10:35 -0400
So why are my hard-earned tax dollars funding a CBC which continues to spin the reality into a lie and propagate the deep hypocritical Leftist self-hatred of ourselves. Google News splashed this propaganda just last week…
commented 2016-08-08 16:55:37 -0400
That should read touch of humor. Damn Russian translator book.
commented 2016-08-08 16:53:45 -0400
Liza, it appeared to Natasha and I that those that converse on this site are wayyyyyyy to serious. Yes the topics are heavy and affect a lot of people but we all need a tough of humor to lighten our load. I realize, of course, that one person’s humor can be the source of irritation to another, but as they say in Mother Russia. Fuck em if they can’t take a joke. Along with Natasha, our little one’s Svetlana, Olga, Niki, Iskra, Anna, Katrina, Boris Jr. Alexsi and myself, thank you for at least noting our contribution to your world. I am so excited by it I might even approach Natasha about some sexual favors tonight. She too needs a good laugh now and then.
commented 2016-08-08 16:26:00 -0400
Good reportLAUREN
Ain’t no trolls gonna come on here to dispute this well researched report
commented 2016-08-08 16:04:35 -0400
This is exactly why all MSM outlets should be picketed. The fact that they are complicit in the BIG LIE . If they are exposed to the general public that they are the propaganda machine behind the BIG LIE and the Marxist take over of this country, that would be step one in the overthrow of tyranny. All the talking heads in the MSM have got to go. The media “is” the message has to change. The only way to stop tyranny in this country, is to cut of their propaganda arm. Expose the MSM and TURN OF THE LIES.
commented 2016-08-08 15:54:10 -0400
The “Green Movement” is nothing more than Socialism reborn after the collapse of the Soviet Union bent on world Communism!
commented 2016-08-08 15:42:03 -0400
That is an example of some creative writing Boris? & Natasha. Very creative indeed!
commented 2016-08-08 15:24:57 -0400
And now to the news that fits this narrative.
A large black bituminous rock was extracted from Premier Wynne’s vagina early this morning. Doctors believe it took years to form and was in pristine condition because apparently nothing has penetrated her nether region in over 40 years, well, actually ever. Thus proving that left alone, sensitive environmental areas, if left to their own natural evolution, will just sit there with no one getting their rocks off. Given today’s vaginal exploratory climate it is considered a rare find and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder to offset Ontario’s wind and solar power losses. In a related story, Premier Notely was found dead this morning in Prime Minister Trudeau’s office. She apparently died of suffocation after she was found with the Prime Minister’s cock firmly lodged in her throat. The PM was stunned that she was even down there and said it was a simple mistake, all those bleached blond heads look the same from that angle and he thought it was Sophie. Word is they had a few tokes after last night’s conference on the dangers of pipe lines and their impact on global warming. In the PM’s defense, he said one thing let to another, it got very hot in the room, which he blamed on global warming, and before they knew it they had their clothes off. The last thing he remembers is trying to show the Premier how a pipe line can cause severe damage when constructed in delicate environmental regions. Apparently he was correct.
Film at 11.
commented 2016-08-08 15:15:00 -0400
I care about responsible care for the environment, but the world-wide environmental movement and its mindless minions is an insidiously neo-Marxist movement with an anti-Western civilization agenda.