For climate change activists, living up to the movement’s strenuous ideals can be tricky indeed.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) confessed to a mortal sin against the environment, saying it “felt awkward” to fly one of its journalists to interview Greta Thunberg, Breitbart reported.
The BBC admitted with shame that it could not live up to the sixteen-year-old activist’s high moral standards, which include internalization of an emotion called “flight shame.”
“We did discuss that among ourselves,” BBC Radio 4 editor Sarah Sands told The Sunday Times. “It felt awkward but we did not have the time for trains or boats.”
BBC confesses climate sin
The BBC dispatched one of its journalists to Sweden to meet with Thunberg, but getting there proved to be a journey filled with moral angst. The BBC reportedly could not arrange a way to meet with Thunberg that didn’t involve air travel, something that Thunberg discourages under the label of “flygskam,” or flight shame.
Thunberg, who became famous after a trans-Atlantic sailing trip in August to raise awareness for climate change, has popularized the anti-flight “movement” and is known for taking alternative modes of travel. Thankfully, Thunberg was forgiving of the indiscretion: although the trip guzzled half a ton of carbon dioxide per person into the atmosphere, The Guardian reported, it “caused no friction between Thunberg and the BBC.”
“Greta is not actually judgmental towards individuals, accepting that other people will not all conform to her high standards and asking only for people to do what they can,” Sands said.
Thunberg was named TIME’s Person of the Year after attracting international attention for her controversial activism. While many liberals say that Thunberg is both a world leader and a child who is immune to criticism at the same time, many conservatives think she is the victim of adults using children to push an agenda.
Either way, it’s good to know that the people pushing for far-reaching regulations to prevent climate change are so quick to forgive each other. It turns out that flying is just an “awkward” faux-pas, not the existential threat that Thunberg and others have made it out to be.
What is clear is that climate change has become a religion, albeit a lazy one, with its own bizarre catalog of supposed sins. Journalists at well-respected (or once-respected) organizations now feel the need to give forced confessions of their errors as they wait in judgment from a teenager
Do the new environmental rules apply to everyone, or everyone except the liberal elites who want to fundamentally reshape society to prevent climate collapse? Some clarity would be nice.
Look at how they live, not what they say.