• Leftists Endangering Children — Including Something Called ‘Eco-Anxiety’

    Surge Summary: Leftist policies and trends threaten the well-being of American young people – including generating a syndrome known as “eco-anxiety”: chronic fears over the condition of the environment.

    by Gary Bauer

    As many of our long-time readers know, I co-authored a book years ago with my good friend, Dr. James Dobson.  It was called “Children at Risk,” and as the name implies it focused on how left-wing cultural trends at the time were harming our children.  Suffice it to say, there are still many left-wing trends that are doing serious harm to young boys and girls.

    For example, I read a study the other day that I found deeply depressing.  According to new research in England, a growing number of children are suffering from something that didn’t exist until recently – “eco-anxiety.”  Yes, you read that right.

    The American Psychological Association defined it in 2017 as “a chronic fear of environmental doom.”

    According to the British study, 73% of children between the ages of 8 and 16 said they were worried about the environment.  Nearly 20% said they had nightmares about the climate crisis, and 17% said that “eco-anxiety” has disrupted their eating habits.

    Congratulations, Al Gore.  You’ve stolen not just Greta Thunberg’s dreams and childhood, but those of thousands of children as well.

    In all seriousness, I want clean air and clean water too.  I have grandchildren, and I want them to grow up in a world with a healthy environment.  But we are failing as parents if we are allowing our children to become indoctrinated and obsessed with left-wing propaganda.

    Big government, socialist solutions like the Green New Deal are not the answer.  Moreover, the purveyors of climatic gloom and doom have been wrong so many times.  I don’t know why we keep listening to these people.

    Sixteen years ago, news reports broke about a “secret report” from the Pentagon warning then-President George W. Bush that climate change was a greater threat than terrorism.

    The report warned of “a global catastrophe costing millions of lives.” It declared that “major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020.”  Thankfully, Bush ignored the report.

    Last time I checked no European cities were sunk, and Britain looks nothing like Siberia. But it is beyond sad, in fact it borders on child abuse, that so many British children seem to think their future is dreary as Siberia!

    I’ll say this much for “eco-anxiety.”  It is a sign of their privilege and a testament to the success of free market capitalism that our children are free to fret about the environment rather than worrying about not having enough to eat or dying from exposure to the elements.

    Something tells me that few children in Siberia or Venezuela are suffering from “eco-anxiety.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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