Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
$15 Canadian to watch my speech, followed by a live Q&A session (approx. $12 USD, £9 UK, and €10).
In two weeks, I’ll be delivering an online speech titled: Climate Activism: Undermining Free Speech, Free Thought and Free Choice. Friends of Science – a community group based in Calgary, Canada – is the organizer of this event, which was originally supposed to happen live last April, but got cancelled by COVID.
If you choose to become a member of Friends of Science for one year at $40 Canadian (approximately $30 USD, £23 UK, and €25), you’ll gain access to my speech, the one Roy Spencer will be delivering in January, as well as future events.
Single event tickets are $15 each (approximately $12 USD, £9 UK, and €10). Purchase one for my speech here.
This speech was pre-recorded a few weeks ago, and will be broadcast at 7 pm Calgary time on Tuesday, December 8th. (That’s 9 pm in New York, 2 am in London, and 1 pm in Melbourne).
Afterward, I will join the broadcast for a live Q&A session. Those able to watch the original broadcast will have the opportunity to submit questions that will be passed along to me.
Time zones make things difficult, of course. If you’re unable to watch the event in real time, no worries. After buying a ticket, you’ll receive a password that will give you access to both parts (the speech and the Q&A) at your convenience anytime after the original broadcast. The password will be good for an unlimited number of viewings.
Here’s a quick preview of what I’ll be talking about:
Generally speaking, I think activism is a great idea. If you’ve informed yourself in a careful, conscientious manner, and you feel strongly about a topic – by all means, go for it. Make your case to those around you. Try to win people over to your way of thinking. Yay for the marketplace of ideas!
But something quite different has been going on with climate change. For many years now, climate activists have insisted their point-of-view is the only one that is acceptable. The only one that is respectable. The only one that deserves to be heard.
These people have systematically discouraged genuine exchanges of opinion. Their longstanding refusal to participate in public debates illustrates that ‘cancel culture’ has been part of the climate world for some time. More recently, climate activists have given up trying to persuade their fellow citizens to adopt certain behaviours. They now employ every trick in the book to actively limit our choices. The growing movement to outlaw gas-powered cooking stoves is one example. If gas stoves meet all relevant safety requirements, my city councilor has no business making it illegal for me to purchase and use one in my private residence.
But that’s how climate activists now operate. By hook or by crook. Every angle. Every possible lever. Our freedom to speak and think independently about climate matters is under assault. Our freedom to make choices not approved by the climate police is steadily disappearing.