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Meet 16-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg, patron saint of the Church of Climate Change – Publications – AEI

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AEI Meet 16-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg, patron saint of the Church of Climate Change From the article “Greta Thunberg and climate change alarmists suffer from humanity’s oldest phobia” by Jules Gomes in Rebel Priest: What does the United Nations have in common with the Jehovah’s Witnesses? The Jehovah’s Witnesses predicted the world would end in 1975. The United Nations foretold how “entire nations would be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.” Both forecasts failed the test of prophetic fulfilment. A religious person who says the world is coming to an end is a crank. A secular person who says the world is coming to an end is an eco-warrior. A religious organization that says the end times are nigh is an

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Meet 16-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg, patron saint of the Church of Climate Change

Meet 16-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg, patron saint of the Church of Climate Change - Publications – AEI

From the article “Greta Thunberg and climate change alarmists suffer from humanity’s oldest phobia” by Jules Gomes in Rebel Priest:

What does the United Nations have in common with the Jehovah’s Witnesses? The Jehovah’s Witnesses predicted the world would end in 1975. The United Nations foretold how “entire nations would be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.” Both forecasts failed the test of prophetic fulfilment.

A religious person who says the world is coming to an end is a crank. A secular person who says the world is coming to an end is an eco-warrior. A religious organization that says the end times are nigh is an apocalyptic cult for suicidal weirdos like the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas. A secular body counting down to the apocalypse is an environmental organization worthy of millions of dollars of government funding.

Welcome to the brave new cult of climate change alarmism where secular eco-warriors unabashedly embrace religious apocalypticism! I was poised to pen an essay on this new religious sect when I stumbled across Greta Thunberg—the Joan of Arc of environmentalism—and I realized that apocalyptic hysteria was only part of the canonical narrative of climate change.

Sixteen-year-old Thunberg is the Swedish patron saint of the Church of Climate Change. Like the three godly Portuguese shepherd children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco who saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary and sparked a global Marian devotion to Our Lady of Fatima, godless Greta had her “end of the world” revelations after her teachers showed her class the Al Gore genre of films—plastic in the ocean, starving polar bears and blah blah bogeyman.

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Climate alarmism is rooted in a pre-scientific mythological view of the world. It has an end-time eschatology, but it also has a cosmology colored with the fear-ridden creation stories of pre-biblical cultures where the forces of nature are divinized and demand to be placated.

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Greta Thunberg and her Extinction Rebellion heroes and heroines (dressed in the vestments of red like the College of Cardinals) are high priests in this cultic drama. Like our pre-modern ancestors, they live in perpetual fear of nature’s monstrous pantheon of gods and goddesses and seek to placate them through sacrifice (forcing governments and taxpayers to offer oblations).

But deep down the eco-warriors also know that the divinities of nature are capricious—they are often inebriated by human carbon emissions—and so they need to be fought and conquered. That’s when Thunberg and her troops turn into guardians of the planet and heroes who will conquer and save the planet.

MP: To find out more about the Greta Thunberg, the “Joan of Arc of environmentalism,” here’s her Wikipedia page. And below is her “emotional speech to EU leaders” on climate alarmism.

Meet 16-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg, patron saint of the Church of Climate Change
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Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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