After the snow and the cold snap, we have cycled into a warm spell. Looking at that picture, would you believe I live in a desert? It’s not only warm here, it’s also wet. Everything is sodden and dripping, but I like it. We need to stockpile as much moisture as we can at times like this against the threat of drought later in the year.
That was the cold snap. Minus fourteen the first night, following a biting north wind that froze our doorknob on that side. Temperatures hovering near that mark for a couple of days, not changing much between day and night. Much colder not far north of here. I guess we just caught the southern fringe of the arctic outbreak. Snowing today and forecast to warm up over the next few days, all the way above freezing.
Guess what I heard:
“Cold enough for ya, yet? So much for global warming, eh?”
A thousand years of data won’t convince them, but one cold snap will. Although, I guess it could be a harmless bit of amusing banter and not indicative of the speaker’s political leanings, couldn’t it? Just a bit of humor. Gallows humor, maybe.
Those clothes that were on the line in the last post sure got freshened up in that wind. The shirt I’m wearing — the plaid one — smells like fresh air.
I want to issue a public thank you to Greta Thunberg, and by proxy to all the other young people who are doing similar work. Your actions, and by their evidence the thoughts and feelings behind them, are giving me more hope for the future. Thank you.
The trolls are out. As is typical for them, they’re anonymous, too cowardly to stand behind their words. Just as typically, they’re attacking the most vulnerable targets they can find.
They have faced a barrage of daily insults, seemingly coordinated attacks, creepy DMs, doxing, hacked accounts, and death threats. This is the new normal for young climate leaders online, according to BuzzFeed News interviews with nearly a dozen of the kids and their parents.
It can be hard to tell if these are all “regular” trolls, who just seem to make it their daily routine, or whether some of them are agents in a coordinated campaign by climate shirkers.
Personal attacks have always been a part of the climate denial playbook, even as fossil fuel companies secretly funded campaigns and researchers to question the scientific consensus on climate change.
The original BuzzFeed article is thorough, with many examples. Here is an example of the type of thing the girls are facing.
On the morning of August 25, 11-year-old Lilly Platt tweeted a video clip of a Brazilian Amazon tribe speaking out against deforestation. Awareness of the Amazon wildfires was already at a fever pitch, and the tweet exploded. Then, within an hour, a swarm of troll accounts started flooding her mentions with porn.
This post is just a heads up. I’m hoping you will go to the BuzzFeed article for the rest of the story.
Climate change deniers are personally attacking a sixteen year old girl with autism because they fear that people will listen to her. I’m not going to say a lot about it, but rather just direct you to the full article. Here are a few examples of the kinds of things they’re saying about her.
… claim she is used by her parents and compare her call to young people on climate change to “Hitler Youth.”
… monotone voice …
… millenarian weirdo …
[her] public speeches were written for her, that she was a “puppet” and that she was unable to answer questions in interviews because her ideas were not her own.
… adult-exploited empty-headed child.
She’s ignorant, maniacal and is being mercilessly manipulated by adult climate bedwetters funded by Putin.
She’ll get a Nobel Prize and a wanna-be Ph.d. from Harvard. For being autistic and not going to school.
There’s more. Lots more. It seems as if they’re competing to see who can craft the cleverest insult. I guess they don’t realize how desperate it makes them look. I suppose that’s not surprising. Go check out the article at E&E News, if you think you can stomach it.