EDITOR’S COMMENT: In 2019, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez said, “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.” Millions of children, accepted this highly inaccurate and harmful statement as fact. It’s fake news!
In 2019, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez said, “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”But AOC grossly mischaracterized the press release issued by International Panel on Climate Change, which actually stated: To have a good chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius from preindustrial times, carbon emission needed to decline 45% by 2030.
There was nothing about the world ending or that civilization faced collapse if temperatures rose above 1.5 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, the media heard “12 years” and people around the world, including millions of children, accepted this highly inaccurate and harmful statement as fact.
I do not believe AOC intentionally lied; I suspect she just got carried away in the moment. Nonetheless, environmental activists, journalists and politicians have an obligation to report on environmental matters honestly, which is why we should be very concerned with the distortion of climate data and how many psychologists believe the persistent exaggeration negatively affects the wellbeing of children.
Young people today are faced with a daily barrage of news stories, in print, online and increasingly in the classroom that we are destroying the planet. Research reveals that a rising number of young people are being professionally treated, including with psychiatric drugs, to reduce the emotional stress and exhaustion caused by “eco-anxiety,”
The reality is for all Greta Thunberg’s passion, she has no scientific credentials, she offered no practical solutions, and since her speech, greenhouse gas emissions have reached record highs. There is no justification for exaggerating climate data.