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  • https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/furey-parents-need-to-keep-a-close-eye-on-what-the-climate-strike-tells-their-kids

    There’s a famous flashback scene in the old Woody Allen movie Annie Hall where the main character’s mother takes her son to the doctor. She tells the doctor her son is depressed and won’t do anything. The doctor asks why and the sullen boy explains that he read that the universe is continually expanding: “Someday it will break apart, and that will be the end of everything.”

    I used to find that scene funny. Now I’m not so sure anymore because it hits too close to home.

    On Friday, many thousands of Canadian school children will be exposed to similar rhetoric that may frighten them and cause them undue stress as they attend the various Global Climate Strike rallies taking part across the country.

    University classes are being cancelled and school boards are sending permission slips home asking parents to allow their kids to attend one of these rallies.

    Parents need to pay close attention to what will be happening in schools on Friday. While most parents are likely comfortable with their children being taught the basics of environmentalism – don’t littler, don’t pollute – these rallies go way beyond that. Climate activism heavily overlaps with political and ideological rhetoric and this Friday’s planned events will be no exception.

    “Our planet is on fire. We have to act now,” reads a message on popular Instagram account YouthStrike4Climate, a group that’s promoting the rallies. These sorts of doomsday messages will be out in full force and have already been proven to scare and damage impressionable young minds.

    Climate anxiety. Eco grief. Solastalgia. Look them up. These terms are now frequently used by mental health experts to discuss the rising concerns that have come out of all of this alarmist rhetoric.

    The American Psychological Association has even released a 70-page guidebook to help professionals navigate mental health issues related to fretting over climate change.

    This can rise to extreme cases. While many people have celebrated the passion behind teenager Greta Thunberg’s activism, it has not come without its personal costs. “Thunberg began suffering from depression as a child, by her own admission, in part because she learned about climate change at age eight,” explains one newspaper. “She was later diagnosed with autism and obsessive compulsive disorder and gradually became despondent as she obsessed over her fear of climate change. She developed mutism and an eating disorder so severe that she once went two months without food, and she stopped going to school.”

    Whatever your thoughts on climate change, do you want anything resembling this happening to your child? Do you want your child placed in therapy because of what they’ve heard at a school field trip? It should be possible to discuss environmental and climate issues without traumatizing children.

    On Wednesday a man from Manchester, England, posted on social media that a 14-year-old boy from the school his wife works at committed suicide in part because of climate change anxiety. There are no news reports on this and there very well may be another side to the story, but just the possibility of this being true should cause a chill to run through the spine of every parent. Is this a world we want to live in?

    There is also an undeniable political element to the climate strike. U.S. Congesswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Canadian celebrity activist Naomi Klein have made it clear they want to use the climate change issue to herald a socialist revolution. And they aren’t the fringe voices at these gatherings. They’re the ringleaders.

    Climate Justice Toronto – one of the groups leading Friday’s Toronto march – posted on social media about all of the signs they’re building to wave during the supposedly child-friendly rally. One of them, in all capitals, reads F – – – CAPITALISM.

    Parents, please be wary about what your kids are seeing and hearing. If they’re exposed to this strike, talk to them before and after to monitor what they’ve been told. Ideally, keep them away from it entirely.

    Woody Allen’s famous neurotic antics is funny to see on film. But it’s not something you want to see in your kids.

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  • https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/levy-to-students-allowed-to-skip-school-to-protest-climate-crisis

    You might call it yet another example of the “climate” of utter permissiveness in our school system.

    Toronto’s public and Catholic students will be permitted to skip school Friday to take to downtown to protest the “climate crisis.”

    Any student who gets parental consent and feels inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg will be allowed to attend a student climate change rally at Queen’s Park, one that will also include a march down University Ave. to City Hall and back up Bay St. to Queen’s Park.

    I kid you not.

    The Global Climate Action Strike — inspired by 16-year-old Thunberg — is hosted by Fridays for Future Toronto and supported by the S27 Coalition, which includes the usual collection of leftist suspects, unions and climate fearmongers.

    According to Toronto District School Board (TDSB) spokesman Ryan Bird, both elementary and secondary students can attend — with parental consent — even though it is not a TDSB-sanctioned event.

    In fact, a statement posted on the TDSB website a week ago indicated the board is “committed to ensuring students can express themselves individually and collectively in ways that are constructive, respectful and responsible.”

    The statement also says climate change is an “important issue” that needs to be addressed and that students can play an “important role in building an environmentally sustainable future.”

    Board chairman Robin Pilkey said Wednesday the students who go are simply “showing their concern” about what is occurring with climate change.

    “It’s no different than if you’d gone to the dentist,” she said.

    Toronto District Catholic board spokesman Emmy Szekeres Milne said they too will be allowing students to attend with “appropriate permission” from their parents but only secondary students.

    “Schools have been asked to consider rescheduling any major tests or assignments for those specific dates so students who have parental consent to participate … are not unfairly disadvantaged,” she said.

    She added that the board recognizes that participation is an opportunity to learn more about “civic involvement through peaceful demonstrations.”


    If I were an official at either board I’d be more committed to ensuring students leave their schools knowing how to express themselves on paper and with essential math concepts — especially given the consistently poor standardized test results in the latter discipline.

    I wonder how many of these students would peacefully demonstrate if the strike, or protest, or whatever you want to call it was on a Saturday.

    Let’s face it. For many it will be no more than a fun way to skip school and be part of something they can post on  Instagram or Snapchat.

    If the students who attend truly wanted to do something to improve the immediate environment around them and set an example for other students — might I suggest that they each bring along a giant green garbage bag with their signage.

    Instead of yelling into the wind a la Thunberg, it would be a tremendous lesson in civic involvement if they used that garbage bag to pick up the hideous amount of debris, litter, empty half-crushed water bottles and other paraphernalia left behind on our downtown streets by the drug addicted, the street sleepers, by the garbage bins filled to overflowing and simply by those who do not respect the environment.

    Of course it won’t happen because it makes sense.

    To use the words of the TDSB’s social justice warriors — that would be what I’d call “constructive, respectful and responsible.”


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