While I don't really care what causes people support (even stupid ones), I do like people to be informed the on the stupid causes they support, and who is behind them. Detractors of Earth Day claiming it's an green wrapping around Marxist agendas, while the proponents claim, "No. It's all moderate folks just trying to protect our planet and peace". When you research the history of Earth Day, it becomes obvious which side is informed, and which isn't.
To remember how worthy a Holiday is, it's best to remember who created it, why, and what has come of it. So to understand why the informed think Earth Day is a leftist front for anti-capitalism and watermelon environmentalism, you have to first understand the people who started the movement, and why. 10 items
Dennis Hayes - Often called the Founder of Earth Day/Week, Dennis Hayes also created Bullitt Foundation dedicated to ensuring the Pacific Northwest is the most “progressive” region in the nation.
Nelson’s teach-in (propaganda) efforts were aided by a young man named Denis Hayes. Hayes was student body president while at Stanford, and well known for organizing anti-Vietnam war protests. Hayes heard about Senator Nelson’s teach-in concept and eventually helped Nelson institute the practice nationwide, and was praised and awarded for helping to stage a huge protest over something that no one disagreed.
A sampling of his eco-activities includes:
- New York Times ran an article on Hayes after the first Earth Day titled, "Angry Coordinator of Earth Day: Denis Allen Hayes"
- Hayes bragged that he fled overseas because “I had to get away from America.”
- Hayes made sure his organization did not even produce Earth Day bumper stickers because “they go on automobiles.”
- In it he whined about how man was causing Global Cooling
- Later in response to blocking logging, Hayes boasted, “We have raised sixteen million dollars in just a few weeks to preserve 25,000 acres of forest and not one of the donors will ever go there.” (They bought rights to logging, to obstruct logging). The results? Seven years later this forest burned to the ground (causing far more pollution and CO2 than logging), because there was no logging interest culling the trees, or paying to maintain the forrest. Big forestry harvests private forests instead.
Gaylord Nelson - Earth Day/Week's Marxist activist and Co-Founder Senator Gaylord Nelson (D), a Pi Kappa Phi frat-boy, was another anti-war activist, environmentalist, population control advocate, and he later was one of only 3 (all Democrats) to vote to oppose Gerald Ford to be Vice President. He was an avid supporter of the violence by radical leftists of the time: cars being burned or buried in filth, activists dumping garbage in corporate lobbies, and various anti-capitalist (pro-environementalism) hippie-protests that were happening in the 1960's and 1970's.
Ira Einhorn - Another Earth Day/Week Co-founder is Ira Einhorn, who was famous in the counterculture, anti-establishment, and anti-war movements of the 1960s and 1970s (known as). He was the MC (Master of Ceremonies) for the first Earth Day, held in Philadelphia -- and was known as one of the co-founders. Of course, his role was later downplayed by people that wanted to distance themselves from him -- but at the time, he embodied the movement, and was loved by all for his views.
Why would leftists want to distance themselves from Einhorn (when they celebrated him at the time)? Because by 1977 he became known as the "The Unicorn Killer" after his ex-girlfriend Holly Maddux was found mummified in a trunk in his closet: packed in Styrofoam pellets, air fresheners, and newspapers. (He called himself the Unicorn because "Einhorn" in German, translates to one-horn in English).
He was eventually (2001) extradited to the U.S. from France (where he was hiding out), and convicted to life in prison -- despite his testimony that Maddux was murdered by CIA agents who framed Einhorn, because of his "investigations" on the Cold War and "psychotronics". This is the guy that embodied the Earth Day movement.
John McConnell - The forgotten first founder of Earth Day/Week was Pentecostal John McConnell who sponsored food for Hong Kong refugees, and later "a minute for peace" to just think about peace and the wellbeing of others for one minute a day. He decided if a minute was good, a whole day would be better, and after a speech at the U.N. (UNESCO), that became a global holiday to celebrate Earth's life and beauty and to advance peace, set for the Spring Equinox (March 21, 1970) or "Earth Day". And if the story stopped there, it would be fine. But it doesn't stop there.
Like often happens, when you feed the trolls (or Politicians/Glory-Seekers/etc), that take ideas (and taxes, laws, regulations) and pervert them for their own agendas. John MCConnell's dream fell victim to this truism.
John Tanton - Earth Day/Week: anti-population and anti-humanity. With that came not only pro-birth-control, sterilization, pro-abortion, eugenics, racism -- but also anti-immigration. Enter John Tanton, early earth day supporter, and founder of many America First, anti-Immigration charities and non-profits (FAIR, U.S. English, ProEnglish, The Social Contract, and Society for Genetic Education). He was very welcomed early on, and tolerated later on. While the far-left supports all/most of the same causes as Tanton, they don't want to be seen as supporting those things, so there's sort of a love-hate thing going on. He's like their ugly girlfriend, that they want to come over for a booty call, but use their back door in the dark, so the friends/neighbors don't see her visiting.
Organized Labor and Earth Day - When Earth Day was started, many of the organizers mentioned that without the hyper-progressive (marxist) UAW and AFL-CIO money and support, they couldn't have got this "Holiday" off the ground. Ironic that the far left Socialist Workers organizations didn't realize that the far left Environmental organizations would turn on them, and work to end the formers existence.
Paul R. Ehrlich - Hardin and Malthus, entitled "The Population Bomb". Basically saying that if you didn’t give government all your money and rights now so they could enact compulsory population control. there would be mass starvations and war in the 1970’s and 1980’s that would wreck civilization. He is credited with being one of the founders or at least inspirations behind Earth Day/Week. Despite the opposite of all his predictions coming true, he claims to this day that his book was, "way too optimistic”. Showing this old dog can’t learn from his mistakes. And because his ideas were so wrong, and derivative, he’s won every award the left can throw at him: Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, MacArthur Prize, UN, American Institute of Biological Sciences — it’s like the whose who of those that don’t know what’s what.
Ralph Nader - Ralph the Mouth. Either you know about his repeated failures as a Presidential Candidate for the Green (and Red) Party, his positions leading our Anti-Nuclear efforts that did far more harm to the environment than millions of other individuals could have. He never met a government regulation he didn't like, until he found a more intrusive one. But he's always been a vocal supporter of Earth Day, and any other far left, anti-business causes.
Saul Alinsky - If you need a far, far left fanatic, then you better call Saul. He is the epitome of post-modern Marxism: undermining everything that is established good, supporting subverting the establishment, promoting lies for a "good cause" (defined as anything Saul agrees with). To quote from Sixteen Candles, Saul is kinda like the king of dipshits (I judge him partly by his followers). He deserves credit for being their leader, but they say you can judge a man by the company he keeps, and that's how I judge both Saul and his followers.
Sierra Club - My Uncle was a gay card-carrying-Communist: seriously, he'd take out his Communist card and show anyone. He was also a fan of the Sierra Club. I learned early in my youth that this coupling of far-left movements was not the exception but more the norm. It turns out if you hate civilization, and you want to slow it's development, then putting the government in charge of everything (means of production, land, breeding, etc), is a great way to stunt that development. So environmental groups and Communism go hand in hand.
- John Muir (who the Sierra Club was inspired by) was an unapologetic racist.
- The Founder (David Brower) was a eugenicist and technophobic
- The Sierra Club is for policies like government enforced controls on population and the Precautionary Principle.
Basically, the Precautionary Principle is everyone has to prove there's no unintended consequences before implementing or selling anything. This is the idea that in the words of Brower is, “All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent,” especially things like GMO's or anything that betters humanity. And they can always think of things for you to disprove, longer than you can stay in business.
Politically, it's hard to say "no", but it's easy to say, "we should test this more before releasing it".... when practically they mean the same thing. Obama (the community organizer) used this technique for pipelines and drilling, "we'll get back to you on that", meant, "Never, but we're too chickenshit to say it". Sierra Club is all in on that.
- 1970 -, Walter Cronkite, Video of first Earth Day, tries to spin the lack of attendance of mostly spoiled white kids as some significant event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=23&v=WbwC281uzUs
- 1970 - Others were doing their best to exaggerate why they were needed (while making a mockery of why they were needed), like wearing a gas-mask to smell the flowers: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/an-earth-day-icon-unmasked-607188/
- 1970 - First day had things like mock funerals of ‘polluting’ objects (automobiles to toilets), they collected piles of litter and then staged “dump-ins” (nothing says caring about the environment like polluting in the name of it), students offered rice and tea as an example of the “hunger diet” we could expect because of overpopulation caused worldwide famine in a few years, or destroying a car with sledgehammers after a mock trial (students weren't able to do much to the car), and so on. It was retarded exaggeration that appeals to youth and the ignorant alike: http://time.com/3822575/earth-day-history/
- 1970 - The EPA was created, and grew into an bureaucratic behemoth that has done more to harm the environment and economy than help it. (Most people don't remember that most of the clean up was done before the EPA was created, and if anything, the EPA slowed the rate of improvement).
- 1990 - Hollywood virtue signals by being fully behind Earth Day: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0255132/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
- 1990 - Protest list shows what the little snowflakes are all about - zoo, elephants will trample aluminum cans to promote recycling, wearing of gas masks to protest auto emissions, a human chain is symbolic of something (the bondage and conformity environmentalists demand?), protest highways and bridges for the evil job they do of making the world more habitable, and so on: http://www.tulsaworld.com/archives/earth-day-celebrations-and-protests-are-planned-sunday-in-countries/article_dd38ce22-dd54-576c-bfd3-72221eaa7a56.html
- 2000 - Jeffery Ball of WSJ wrote, "Launched in 1970 as a protest against corporate environmental misconduct, Earth Day has become a planet-hugging marketing frenzy for companies themselves. Makers of everything from snack chips to sport-utility vehicles now use April 22 to boast about their efforts to help save the planet.": https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB120882986342933569
- 2015 - Politicians exploited Earth Day as well. James Inhofe is observed Earth Day saluted environmental gains (the most significant had happened before Earth Day), and warnings against trillion-dollar, job-killing "scare tactics.": https://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2015/4/post-d8ef1fa3-b222-09c3-28a6-c3826b8f740c
- 2018 - Denis Hayes is still out there pimping his fear: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/04/earth-day-2018-focuses-on-plastic-pollution/
To judge how off someone likely is in the present, it is a good idea to remember how wrong they were in the past. Here's a few predictions from the first earth day:
- “civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” ~ George Wald
- “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” ~ NYT
- Paul Ehrlich has a rich history of being wrong (which is why he wins so many lefty accolades),
- “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make... The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." ~ Mademoiselle, April 1970
- "...between 1980 and 1989, some 4 billion people, including 65 million Americans, would perish in the 'Great Die-Off.'", rant in the Earth Day issue of The Progressive
- “air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” Ehrlich predicted 200,000 Americans would die in 1973 during “smog disasters” in New York and Los Angeles.
- DDT and other chlorinated hydrocarbons “may have substantially reduced the life expectancy of people born since 1945.” Americans born since 1946…now had a life expectancy of only 49 years, and he predicted that if current patterns continued this expectancy would reach 42 years by 1980, when it might level out. ~ Audubon, May 1970. (NOTE: life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years).
- “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” declared Denis Hayes, the chief organizer for Earth Day, in the Spring 1970 issue of The Living Wilderness.
- “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” ~Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor
- “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” ~ January 1970, Life Magazine
- Ecologist Kenneth Watt had a few losers:
- “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” ~ Time Magazine
- “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'”
- the pending Ice Age, “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years... If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
- Prediction: decaying organic pollutants would use up all of the oxygen in America’s rivers, causing freshwater fish to suffocate ~ Barry Commoner
- Scientific American published a chart that looked at metal reserves and estimated the humanity would totally run out of copper shortly after 2000. Lead, zinc, tin, gold, and silver would be gone before 1990. Quoting Harrison Brown, a scientist at the National Academy of Sciences.
- "in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” ~ Look Magazine, quoting Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley (secretary of the Smithsonian Institute).
So what did we learn about eco-scare-mongers, if you know how wrong they were on everything they predicted in the past?
ConclusionBeepocalypse. Now it is plastic waste or ocean acidification. Chicken little is desperate to get your attention.
There's a ton of silly exploitation in the name of the planet. Like going to electric cars which are browner in every way but tailpipe emissions (which is the least of our problems). Another example I like is Apple. In order to up their green cred, they go to all these environmentally safe materials for their cables, that wear out faster and create more pollution than they help. But if they try to work with Greenpeace or other environmental loons to explain, "if we use a little of this plastic, it'll reduce wear and save in the long run", those are nuances that beyond environmental activists. They demand being greener, by using materials that are far more wasteful to the environment.
In announcing the first Earth Day celebration, the Cleveland Press headline summed it up perfectly, "Hippies and Housewives Unite to Protest What Man is Doing to Earth." While a little condescending, it was closer to the truth than anything the NYT would publish on the topic today.
In the end, both Marxist and Environmentalists can't tell the truth, because that wouldn't advance their cause. "Things have been getting better despite our warnings, so lets change everything!", isn't a good sell. So when you know the truth is unpopular, and you still want your agenda, your only option is to give up your dreams, or lie. Most choose the latter.
For example, while Earth Day sells itself as some rainbow coalition, the truth is they're not very open minded (as seen how they treat people who disagree), and more exemplified by the history of the anti-humanity and anti-immigrant views of many of the founders and proponents. Or despite it being sold as a day of celebration for the Earth and Peace, Earth Day has never been a celebration of the beauty and bounty of this awesome blue marble. Instead it’s always been an assault on humanity.
- Man is the great polluter that must be stopped because of failed predictions like Peak Oil, the Population Bombs, and so on
- When that fails to agitate the gullible, or time proves them wrong, they shift to something else: "Tree Killers" was popular in the 1980's, let's spike trees and kill/maim loggers for the greater good.
- Then in the 1990's it was man is bad for all the animals they're killing, like the Great Horned Owl, Polar Bears or Whales.
- When those aren't dying out as they predicted, then it's on to our cars or lack of green energy is the cause for badness.
And so on, and so on. But if you mention the failures of their past predictions, they'll attack you like Stalin on a capitalist street vendor trying to feed his family. While the problem of the day (year) keeps shifting, the cause (humans) never does. And their solution is always the same: give them (government) the power, to take away your liberty, and they'll protect the trees and environment from you. Just like the USSR did in Chernobyl, or China does as the greatest strip-miners in history.
- John McConnell:
- Hippies and Housewives Unite to Protest What Man is Doing to Earth: https://case.edu/ech/articles/e/environmentalism/
- Self deluded aggrandizement of the Socialism/Environmentalism movements. While comedy in places (that ignores the consequences of socialism on the environment), it is good to see how the other side views themselves, in all its virtue signaling and masturbatory self-contratulatory glory: https://isreview.org/issue/72/marxism-and-environment
- Sierra Club: http://rayharvey.org/index.php/2010/05/the-truth-about-sierra-club/
- Organized Labor: https://popularresistance.org/convergence-the-roots-of-earth-day-run-through-labor/
- John McConnel's Book: https://books.google.com/books?id=qJ5MAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA154
- National Review on Earth Day's failures: https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/04/climate-alarmists-do-violence-earth-day/
- Public Opinion on AGW: http://www.aei.org/publication/earth-day-review-public-opinion-on-global-warming/
- George Carlin's amusing observations on Saving the Earth: http://www.aei.org/publication/in-observance-of-earth-day-2018-some-brilliant-wit-and-wisdom-from-george-carlin-on-saving-the-planet/
- 18 Wrong Predictions: http://www.aei.org/publication/18-spectacularly-wrong-predictions-made-around-the-time-of-first-earth-day-in-1970-expect-more-this-year-2/