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Climate Activism: How Democracy Dies

Last chance to buy tickets to this online event. 40 minutes, followed by a live Q&A.

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Tomorrow night, Friends of Science will broadcast my speech, Climate Activism: Undermining Free Speech, Free Thought & Free Choice. Click here for details. (If you aren’t able to tune in then, purchasing a ticket will permit you to stream the event later, at your convenience.)

40 minutes in length, this talk explores how prominent members of the establishment have worked to shut down climate-related dialogue and debate. Those who express minority opinions have been cast as defective, depraved individuals on a par with Holocaust deniers.

The people fueling this incredible intolerance are prime ministers, vice presidents, UN officials, Nobel laureates, and Pulitzer Prize winners. There’s nothing admirable about silencing non-conformist perspectives. That’s how democracy dies.

The cancel culture now on full display on social media, in newsrooms, and on university campuses took root early in the climate world. Perhaps if more people had objected – loudly and on principal – to that improper behaviour, we’d be in a healthier, more tolerant place today.

Here’s a quote from my speech:

While ordinary people have been busy living their lives and minding their own business, the forces of censorship and coercion have grown. Anti-democratic climate activists are everywhere – in all levels of government. They’re thick on the ground in universities. They’re in charge of newspapers and television stations. They can also be found in courtrooms around the world. Employed by hundreds of green NG0s, environmental lawyers are using all of their brainpower, and employing every legal trick they can think of. They are searching, searching for new ways to impose their climate views on the rest of us.

This talk was recorded a few weeks ago. A live Question & Answer session will follow – please click here.

 

 

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