Climate change propaganda and use of public money

Readers familiar with Heather Brooke’s book ‘The Silent State’ may find this one resonates with them.  Among the messages in the Mind Towers inbox this morning was an email from a frustrated reader who shares our annoyance at taxpayer funded climate change propaganda.

The reader has very kindly scanned a page from Darlington Council’s taxpayer funded rag, the ‘Town Crier’, which as you can see here is promoting ‘Climate Week’ and asking for people to come forward as ‘climate champions’ and after taxpayer funded training, tell other people to do more to tackle climate change.  The article is about a climate change adaptation initiative that has been run at the 160-year-old Gurney Pease Primary School, the oldest School in Darlington.  Gurney Pease is a ‘Climate Change Lead School’.  What is that, you ask? Apparently these Lead Schools are:

an organic and pioneering network of schools who build climate change understanding and positive action from the ground-up. Visionary schools and teachers are at the core of this approach, though the focus of the Project is on young people – helping them to achieve a better understanding of everything from the nuts and bolts of climate change science, to exploring how to positively adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

The same link on Science Learning Centres reveals that:

The Climate Change Schools Project is a collaboration between Science Learning Centre North East (operated through Durham University), the Environment Agency (via the Northumbria Regional Flood Defence Committee), ClimateNE (the regional climate change partnership), the North East Strategic Partnership for Sustainable Schools, One World Network North East and the Association of North East Councils.

So many organisations.  That is a lot of public money sloshing around and a lot of taxpayer funded meetings and action plans being hatched.  No wonder our council tax keeps rising and service delivery continues to decline.

It transpires that schools taking part in the Climate Change Schools Project ‘Adaptation Challenge’, including Gurney Pease, each received funding of £3,000 through the Local Levy raised by the Northumbria Regional Flood Defence Committee (via the Environment Agency) and ClimateNE (via Defra). This is strange as you would think the Flood Defence Committee would focus its resources on, you know, flood defence.  We’ll come back to the flood risk to Gurney Pease shortly.

The idea was to initiate individual projects that demonstrate how schools can become hubs of [climate change] adaptation action by working with their local communities and businesses to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.

The message being preached to our children by teachers and organisations such as those at Gurney Pease and those throwing council tax payer Local Levy money around, is that climate change is going to flood the area and drive up air temperature.  No wonder the kids want to do something when they are spun such a line.  Ironically there is nothing in the adaptation work that deals with Gurney Pease being closed as a result of severe winter weather, which it was in November.

So the adaptation work to counter the supposed impact of climate change included: moving the boiler from the basement to ground level, raising all the plug sockets in the school, reflective film added to ‘new windows’ to keep classrooms cooler in summer, planting trees to increase shade in the playground, adding thermostats to ‘new radiators’ in each classroom for improved temperature control, and developing an outdoor classroom to provide a cool place to work.

Some thoughts… In an old school the risk of pipes bursting through age or freezing conditions like those during November and December obviously pose a risk to the boiler room, so it makes sense to move it from the basement. Raising plug sockets is something demanded by authorities with a mind to adapating buildings for disabled people who can’t reach sockets lower down. New windows can help stabilise temperature, but one wonders if the aim here was to stop the kids freezing during the winter. Likewise with new radiators, they don’t tend to be used when the sun is frying us. It would be interesting to find out if the tree planting counts towards any carbon offsetting observed by the Council. And with nearly 200 children on the roll, one outdoor classroom is not going to help many children at any one time.  It is worth asking if additional trees around the play ground will do more harm than good given the greasy and leaf strewn surface they will create in the autumn and winter.

Back to the flood resilience work that presumably played a key role in the £3,000 of Local Levy money being allocated from the Northumbria Regional Flood Defence Committee which speaks in these minutes of the need for value for money while spending £21,000 on the seven Climate Change Lead Schools for this project. Despite calls to Darlington Council we have yet to get a response to tell us how many times Gurney Pease has been flooded by the more frequent ‘high intensity’ rainfall that is predicted. There are no news items online that we can find.

We can also be sure that local rivers are not a factor because a look at the location of the school shows that even in the event of extreme flooding of the River Skerne, the school is not at flood risk, as the Environment Agency map which can be found here shows:

So what is really going on here – apart from a propaganda effort to ‘climatewash’ necessary maintenance work at the school, a concerted effort to terrify the kids into believing climate change is putting their school at imminent risk of deluge and suggest to them they are at risk of sunstroke?

Is this not just an example of work being done to improve the efficiency and energy consumption of a heating system and school building being hijacked by the AGW lobby to push their own agenda?

Is it appropriate to use public money levied for flood defence from local rivers – a real threat to a number of properties and businesses in the area as Morpeth demonstrated – to undertake such works at a school that is not under flood risk?  This is supposedly frontline spending that being used to perpetuate the PR of a mere theory lacking any hard evidence.

When people like Bob Ward whine about the funding of AGW sceptics, perhaps he should note all these organisations in receipt of public and big business (vested interest) funding to preach propaganda to kids about an unproven hypothesis.

19 Responses to “Climate change propaganda and use of public money”

  1. 1 Junkk Male 02/03/2011 at 12:30 pm

    Ah, Science & Education, ‘working’ in perfect harmony… again.

    Kindly also raised by a poster via here…

    … with this new outing.

  2. 2 Cassandra King 02/03/2011 at 12:41 pm

    There seems to be a relationship between the theft of our democracy and the rise of these brainwashing cultist methods. Less democracy and more propaganda indoctrination and where adults are much harder to brainwash the children are ripe and ready.
    The cynical abuse of children and that is what it amounts to isnt it? These scumbags are abusing our children and doing it with the money they siphon from the taxes we pay. Can you imagine it! We are forced to pay abusers to abuse our own kids and there is nothing we can do about it. Stalin and Mao used these methods and every dictatorship is drawn to these methods like a moth to a flame and now its happening to our children. Still think we live in a democracy? Not for much longer.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 02/03/2011 at 12:57 pm

    Excellent comment as always Cassandra.

    ‘Still think we live in a democracy? Not for much longer’? That ship has already sailed. This is an elective dictatorship and we need people to make a stand and reclaim democracy.

  4. 4 microdave 02/03/2011 at 1:51 pm

    The link to TinyPic took dozens of attempts before it finally loaded (although I’ve had problems with that host before). But the Environment Agency link has this error message:

    We are unable to show this information. Please go back and try again.

    Your error message is: The language (lang) passed is not recognised.

    Maybe they don’t want anyone else to see it??

  5. 5 Jonathan Stuart-Brown 02/03/2011 at 2:29 pm

    Get behind Johnny Ball on BBC.

    When it is up watch the last 10 minutes of Daily Politics 2 March on iplayer.

    This is the preamble byt Ball nailed the lies in the debate.

  6. 6 Vernon E 02/03/2011 at 3:02 pm

    Interesting (and scary) piece. I married a catholic girl back in the 1960’s and during my “interviews” with priest he made it abundantly clear that the Church had no interest in me (we discussed trout fishing) but the children had to be brought up as vcatholics (they were). Same thing isn’t it – give us the kids, we’ll do the rest.

    Great interest in flooding. Wonder when we are going to wake up to the fact that with the extended urbanisation of the U.K. we are going to have to get rid of all those old (roman in some cases) bridges – pretty as they are.

  7. 7 Tufty 02/03/2011 at 5:51 pm

    Great post. This is easily the most appalling aspect of the AGW scam. Spreading lies among children. A truly sickening negation of every liberating step we’ve made since the Enlightenment.

  8. 8 Climate Change Con...... 02/03/2011 at 7:52 pm

  9. 9 Climate Change Con...... 02/03/2011 at 8:05 pm

    Government guidance to teachers about teaching climate change and Al Gore’s film – An Inconvenient Truth

    Click to access CC%20Final%20guidance%204oct.pdf

    “The climate change film pack –: Guidance for teaching staff”

    An Inconvenient Truth (“AIT”) is a film that has had a big impact. Its aim is to make the science and the arguments about global warming and climate change and its effects accessible to all audiences. It also presents a powerful case in favour of one
    particular type of political response to climate change. The Film has a huge potential for engaging pupils on a complex subject. There are four central scientific hypotheses which underlie the film: global average temperatures have been rising
    significantly over the past half century and are likely to continue to rise; this is mainly attributable to man-made emissions of greenhouse gases; if unchecked, this will
    have significant adverse effects on the world and its populations; and there are measures which individuals and governments can take which will help to reduce
    climate change or mitigate its effects. All of these hypotheses are regarded as valid by the great majority of scientific opinion worldwide…..”

  10. 10 Climate Change Con...... 02/03/2011 at 8:09 pm

    Further Government guidance on teaching about climate scepticism

    Click to access CC%20Final%20guidance%204oct.pdf

    “The sceptical view

    Teaching staff will be aware that a minority of scientists disagree with the central thesis that climate change over the past half-century is mainly attributable to manmade
    greenhouse gases. However, the High Court has made clear the law does not require teaching staff to adopt a position of neutrality between views which accord with the great majority of scientific opinion and those which do not.

    The notes set out in this guidance have been drafted in accordance with the Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published
    in 2007 under the auspices of the United Nations and the World Meteorological Organisation. AIT was made before these latest reports had been published, but it is important that pupils should have access to the latest and most authoritative scientific information. The IPCC derives its credibility from the fact that its conclusions are drawn from a “meta-review” of a massive number of independently peer-reviewed
    journal articles, and from the expertise and diversity of those on the reviewing panels”

  11. 11 The Apiarist 03/03/2011 at 11:32 am

    Also consider that, once the AGW scam is finally shown to have been a lot of nonsense, these youngsters are going to wonder why they have been fed a pack of lies and so come to distrust everything they’ve been taught. (The cynics among you may think that this is a reasonable attitude in any case.)

  12. 12 Phillippa 11/03/2011 at 2:40 pm

    Gosh this site is full of misinformation and nastiness and a weird kind of back slapping . May I suggest you gather you’re facts about Climate Change and consider the evidence that scientists across the globe now agree on before making sweeping statements and damning people you have never met who are working so hard to educate and help make a better future for our children and future generations.

  13. 13 Autonomous Mind 11/03/2011 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you Phillippa. And in reply to your suggestion might I suggest you drop the pejorative nonsense and open your eyes to the evidence being presented rather than rely on an appeal to authority? You clearly have not read the detail and questioned what has been presented, otherwise you might be offering something more valuable by way of a contribution.

  14. 14 Sem 19/03/2011 at 11:36 am

    i hate politicians

  15. 15 Phillippa 05/04/2011 at 2:32 pm

    I have read the detail. And I question everything.

    And, by the way, calling people ‘scum’ isn’t big or clever. Just nasty. And not valuable at all. Don’t bother publishing tis commnet or replying to it as I won’t be back to this nasty, narrow minded bigoted site.

  16. 16 Autonomous Mind 09/04/2011 at 9:19 am

    I’ve looked through this thread and comments and have not found any use of the word ‘scum’ apart from in your own comment Phillippa. Cheerio.

  17. 17 Phillippa 13/04/2011 at 4:30 pm

    oh dear do excuse me. i meant to say “SCUMBAG” See point 2 by Cassandra King on 02/03/2011 at 12:41 pm

    “These scumbags are abusing our children…”

  18. 18 Autonomous Mind 13/04/2011 at 7:40 pm

    I don’t know how I missed it, but thanks for pointing it out. A pat on the back for you. And welcome back.

  19. 19 John Shade 08/12/2011 at 8:07 pm

    I’m going to add this post to my growing collection on climate curricula ( It is really so arrogant of these people to scare and manipulate such young children. They were of course explicitly encouraged to do so by the previous government, and so they do have that as an excuse. But I just wish they would think a little for themselves, and in the meantime try to protect the children from climate scaremongering.

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