Hearing About Climate Change, Lock Down Drills, And Other Things That Won’t Scar Your Children
A new article has making the rounds as evidence children are being stolen by politics. The Daily Wire reported last week that young people all across the nation are having nightmares and anxiety because of hearing about Climate Change.
The study was done by the BBC, however here is what Daily Wire said the study found:
80% [of young people] said the problem of climate change was important to them, with over a third saying it was very important.
73% said they are worried about the state of the planet right now, with 22% saying they are very worried.
58% said expressed fear about the impact that climate change will have on their lives.
19% said they’ve had nightmares about global warming.
17% said it’s impacted their sleeping and eating habits.
So 33% called it very important but only 22% said they were very worried? For that matter, 80% said it was important but only 58% said they had fear about its impact?
And what do “eating habits” mean in this context? You would assume it would mean they’ve developed an eating disorder, but the topic in question is Climate Change which is the result of carbon dioxide. Food has a carbon footprint. Did the study then ask this 17% what kind of “eating habits” they developed? Maybe they mean these kids convinced their families to eat food that is environmentally friendly?
This reminded me of an article from The Federalist by Georgi Boorman titled “5 Ways The Left Steals Childhood.” She also talks about Climate Change fear:
According to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, roughly 1 in 4 teens have done some sort of climate change activism and “more than 7 in 10 teenagers and young adults say climate change will cause a moderate or great deal of harm to people in their generation.” The science on climate change is far from settled, yet a teenager who should be worrying about getting a summer job or whether to “heart” that cute girl’s ‘gram is now supposed to carry the burden of anxiety about the probable desolation of an entire planet.
First off, literally no teenager in the history of ever has called Instagram “‘gram.”
Second off, I hate the way all these “childhood is being stolen” articles are written. They always come down to “children use to worry about x, now they’re worried about y.” The “x” is always described in some cutesy way to get the nostalgia of paranoid moms going, sometimes, they’ll even give two or three examples of “x” and if you’re really lucky they’ll all come down to the same thing.
Third off, over 99% of peer reviewed studies on Climate Change have found it to be both occurring and man made.
This reminded me of something from the Democratic Debates, Senator Kamala Harris said the following:
And the idea that we would wait for this Congress, which has just done nothing, to act, is just — it is overlooking the fact that every day in America, our babies are going to school to have drills, elementary, middle and high school students, where they are learning about how they have to hide in a closet or crouch in a corner if there is a mass shooter roaming the hallways of their school.
I was talking about this at one of my town halls, and — and this child who was eight years old, probably, came up to me — it was like it was a secret between the two of us, and he tugged on my jacket and he said, “I had to have one of those drills.”
It is traumatizing our children.
Of course, what Senator Harris is talking about here is called a “safety drill.” Schools have them just in case something like this were to happen. I had some when I was quite young, I was more worried during my first fire drill to be honest. Seriously, I kept asking the teacher where the fire was and hoping someone would put it out — what my five year old self didn’t realize is that no fire existed.
Will Senator Harris shed a tear over people like me who were seriously worried my school would burn down? I would assume not, and I in no way blame her.
While we can talk about if these safety drills work (most mass shootings are done by students, so you could argue this would teach them where everyone is hiding — unlike without them?) the fact is, regardless of how scaring these drills are, they are nowhere near as scaring as having a fellow classmate shot dead.
Here’s how I think of this: Two generations ago, the young people of this nation had to duck and cover under tables to prepare for the communists bombing them. Yet, where are the reports of a generation having “communist nightmares?”
Children have irrational reactions to things sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do basic things like teach them about science or teach them how to be safe. They can also have nightmares about historical events, should we stop teaching history? Funny many of these people are Christians, can children just not have nightmares of Hell?
Your children are fine, don’t worry.