Advertisements are simply a way to communicate a message to the public and persuade them to buy or take some form of action. In the case of public service advertising, it supposed to educate and motivate the public about non-commercial issues like global warming. Sometimes it conveys a message. But lately, there has been a disturbing trend coming from the pro-warming crowd. Look at some of the ads below.
Consider this ad from 10:10Global.org:
Or this recent ad from ACT Responsible:
Or consider this ad from The World Wildlife Fund:
What message do you think the global warming crowd is trying to send to the public? What kind of action do they want you to take?
These ads are nothing more than propaganda is based on an appeal to fear in order to frighten you into joining their cause. The 10:10 advertisement is particularly offensive because it does more than just push its message through fear, but suggests choosing that non-compliance will result permanent elimination. The irony about it is even though the green crowd says there's "no pressure" and that a person is free to decide not to go green. Yet, if one decides not to play along, he or she will get vaporized.
No pressure, right?
If a group, movement or organization that promotes a certain lifestyle, belief or ideology is willing to kill or even suggest eliminating those who disagree with them, then they're pushing something more than just their lifestyle, belief or ideology. The lifestyle, belief or ideology is actually secondary to a more important goal.
And what they are pushing for usually comes down to power or control.
The common theme in each of these advertisements is fear. They want you to be scared enough that you will run into the protective arms of the government. Only the government will save you and the planet. To accomplish that requires more government control and higher taxes. In other words, only a Marxist or Socialist kind of government is the only solution for the planet. One blogger argues that the 10:10 ad is nothing more than Nazi propaganda.
Regardless of what you call the goals of the green movement, it is a big tent that attracts other movements that who want the government, not the individual, to be the one who makes big and small life decisions. The reason why it is attractive to those who believe the State as the ultimate guide for mankind is because global warming is the cause of everything we do: how we travel, what we eat, what we buy and what we wear. Thus, all human activity is subject to government regulation. Its the totalitarian urge to regulate even the most minor human activities. A quote that has been attributed to Louis Proyect sums up the goals of environmentalism perfectly:
"The answer to global warming is in the abolition of private property and production for human need. A socialist world would place an enormous priority on alternative energy sources. This is what ecologically-minded socialists have been exploring for quite some time now."
The common trend with totalitarian movements that gain political power it always seeks to oppress people at home and abroad. It may start out with noble intentions and goals but it always descends into misery. Therefore, it isn't climate change that we should be afraid of, but political change.
Fear not what Man can to to the planet, but what Man can do to other Men.