On October 1 last year, a heretofore unknown (at least to me) group calling itself 1010.org launched with great pride and fanfare (not to mention the praise and endorsement of the U.K.’s eco-zealous Guardian) the most appalling video called “No Pressure”. In the words of producer Franny Armstrong:
“It’s a fairly simple and to-the-point premise, I’m sure you’ll agree: we celebrate everybody who is actively tackling climate change… by blowing up those who aren’t.” [emphasis added -hro]
Among the first to get “blown up” were 2 schoolchildren who were somewhat indifferent to the joys of greenism that the bubbly teacher was promoting.
It was filmed at the Camden School for Girls (although according to the Camden New Journal, the Chair of the school’s board of governors “said she had not been told about the piece”).
What were they thinking, one might ask. So fast forward a few months and welcome to this side of the pond where, sad to say, truth is stranger than disturbing fiction.
There’s a front-page article in yesterday’s National Post (h/t Donna Laframboise who often gets to read her copy before I do mine!):
A couple in Laval, Que. has sparked a fierce debate over how far schools should go to teach children about environmental responsibility after their six-year-old son was shut out of a kindergarten draw to win a stuffed animal because he had an environmentally unfriendly sandwich bag in his lunchbox.
Marc-André Lanciault said he hadn’t heard of the school’s draw or any environmental policy until his wife, Isabel Théorêt, was making their son Félix a sandwich and he begged them not to put it in a plastic bag.
“He said, ‘No mommy, you can’t do that. Not a Ziploc,’ ” Mr. Lanciault said.
Through tears, the boy told his parents that the school had held a draw to win a stuffed teddy bear and only children who didn’t have any plastic sandwich bags could enter. The family normally uses Tupperware, but it was all in the dishwasher, and so they had packed their son’s ham sandwich in a plastic bag.
When Mr. Lanciault questioned his son’s teacher, she confirmed the school had staged the draw at a lunchtime daycare and that any student with a plastic sandwich bag was excluded. “You know Mr. Lanciault, it’s not very good for the environment,” the teacher told him. “We have to take care of the our planet and the bags do not decompose well.”
[Lanciault said] “At the end of the day my son doesn’t know why he shouldn’t use a Ziploc bag. It’s not only the bag, it’s the whole idea that we’re being brainwashed from everywhere. They told us Ziploc bags are bad, so we’ve stopped thinking about it and just started applying the rule.” [emphasis added -hro]
Indeed. And that’s bad enough, but it gets worse:
The family detailed its experience on its private blog and was inundated with nearly 2,000 hits and a flood of comments, many from people who felt the school was right to exclude their son from the draw.
“Many people seem to share our vision that it was not acceptable,” he said.
“But there’s a lot of really pro-green people who don’t see the problem behind this.”
It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that some of these pro-green people also applauded Armstrong’s “No Pressure”.