Monday, 1 November 2021

Is Climate Alarmism a religion?

From the BBC:

Thousands of activists arrived in Scotland's largest city to make their climate change concerns known.

They included Greta Thunberg who was mobbed as she arrived by train in Glasgow. The Swedish activist was surrounded by police, media and activists at the city's Central Station.

Earlier, faith groups making pilgrimages to Glasgow converged in the city as protests build ahead of COP26 which starts on Sunday. Many had walked thousands of miles to join in a procession through the city centre.

Hundreds of people from Extinction Rebellion (XR) Faith and pilgrimage groups converged at the McLennan Arch on Glasgow Green, where XR Scotland's "Blue Rebels" formed a guard of honour for them. The bells at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow led a UK-wide toll from 18:00, offering a traditional warning to humanity to "pay heed to the climate crisis".

Those arriving in the city include Marcha Glasgow, a group of Spanish activists who took a ferry from Bilbao to Portsmouth to embark on a 30-day hike to Glasgow. Camino to COP26* members have walked from London and Bristol to Glasgow in just under two months. Young Christian Climate Network activists arrived in the city on Saturday after walking 1,200 miles from Cornwall**.

This wasn't just about getting there, it was about playing the martyr or finding redemption through suffering or some such bullshit. After many similar publicity stunts, Ms Thunberg is now venerated as a minor saint.

* Google Maps says that London to Glasgow is 387 miles on foot, do fifteen to twenty miles a day, you could do it in half the time.

** Did they get lost along the way or is this just poor reporting by the BBC?


A K Haart said...

I agree, it's becoming very weird.

Mark Wadsworth said...

AKH, ta.

Bayard said...

Yes, people need something to believe in, something with clearly identified good guys and bad guys, the knowledge that they, too, can contribute towards being saved in their own small way by doing the right thing and a code that tells them what to do. Most religions provide this, as does Alarmism.

Bayard said...

"** Did they get lost along the way or is this just poor reporting by the BBC?"

Perhaps that includes walking home again. I'm sure there's a parody of the Proclaimers song there somewhere.

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, you launched the idea, now you've pointed it out, it is becoming more and more obvious.

If they meant there and back, then it was poor reporting. Would the parody be "Sunshine on Glasgow"?

Bayard said...

I was thinking more along the lines of "I'm gonna be" (walking 1000 miles to hear a load of politicians' hot air.)

Bayard said...

The other way you can tell that it's a religion is that people get annoyed with you if you challenge their accepted beliefs.

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, the vitriol I get from the Warmies is much the same as what you get from the Homeys.

Bayard said...

Yeah, faith is faith, be it in things religious, things scientific or things economic. There's so much faith and belief in economics that it is almost a religion, too. The description of Catholicism, "believing six impossible things before breakfast" (which, appropriately, is actually a quote form "Alice in Wonderland") applies to HOism and Alarmism alike.