• Carmen Marie Fabio

How dare she?


There’s something in the air… maybe it’s the knowledge that the federal election is loudly approaching coupled with the fact that approximately half a million people – 200,000 more than expected – took part in last Friday’s Climate Change march in Montreal.

Either way, it’s an invitation for the fringe-dwelling conspiracy theorists to put down their crayons and try and espouse their paranoid views through local media outlets. I have a ‘special’ folder for these types of emails.

Now I won’t use their names but will share some of the ideologies expressed if for no other reason that we can better understand evolution and cognitive dissidence.

Greta Thunberg has started a movement that, for whatever reason, makes some people uncomfortable enough to allege she’s a manufactured puppet speaking for climate change alarmists who are seeking financial and political control. Uh-huh.

The internet abounds with memes mercilessly targeting this young climate activist and the fact that she’s able to laugh them off seems to only fuel the infuriation of those folks driving a two-ton pickup truck with a ‘F*** you Greta’ bumper sticker.

But wait, it gets better.

Questions for the upcoming candidates’ debate are arriving at The Journal en masse and most are well-thought out and pertinent, addressing the very real scientific data and asking our future leaders how they’ll address the issues to mitigate what could be a disastrous outcome for humanity. I did say ‘most’ questions.

Then there’s the one who opts to challenge what he refers to as ‘absurd climate orthodoxy’ and insists climate change is as natural as the sun setting and rising and that our country’s greenhouse gas emissions are ‘inconsequential on a global scale.’ He also oddly segues into an abortion question at the end but then I hardly expected his line of questions to suddenly become reasonable.

Unfortunately, many more trolls with ostensibly higher IQs have also taken their delusional rantings online including People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier who had what I’ll diplomatically call a ‘lapse in judgment’ in referring to Thunberg as, “…clearly mentally unstable. Not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression and lethargy, and she lives in a constant state of fear.” This from a leader who has gone on record saying he isn’t convinced humans play a role in climate change and would leave it to the private sector to solve the problem. He, dear readers, wants to be your next Prime Minister.

Canadian Craig Kielburger began his own human rights activism when he was 12 years old after reading about the plight of child labourers in the Pakistani carpet industry. His activism grew and Kielburger, along with his brother Marc, went on to form ‘Free the Children’ bringing the world’s attention to the issue of child labour around the world. All commendable work that was somehow not subjected to the same level of vitriol as Thunberg is now evoking from so-called mature grown men. Perhaps it was at a time before everyone could lurk behind an anonymous keyboard? Or perhaps because so-called mature grown men don’t like admitting this young female activist might actually be right. How dare she?

So to all the so-called mature grown men out there, keep sending your paranoid, conspiracy theorist emails and I’ll keep slotting them away into that ‘special’ little file.

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