Earth Day: A Bit of History and a Brilliant Viral Video

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Earth Day is celebrated all over the world. It shines a light on the protection of the environment, and that is a good thing. The first was on April 22, 1970, founded by Democratic Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin and college professor Paul Ehrlich, who started the late sixties version of the global climate change movement, called the ZPG movement, which stood for “Zero Population Growth”. It was organized as a “teach in” and held in collaboration with the anti-Vietnam movement at the time.

1968_protests by ThelionofmaliThe date was chosen for a reason, it was the 100th anniversary of the birth of the communist Bolshevik leader, Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, according to a new book by Brian Sussman discussed on WND, “Eco-Tyranny: How the Left’s Green Agenda will Dismantle America.” The author explains that Lenin “implemented version one of the green agenda”. He issued a Decree on Land, declaring that all land, water and minerals “were property of the state”. This connection to Lenin has been denied by some as a coincidence.

Zero Population Growth vs. Global Climate Change

In the late 1960s, ZPG became a big political movement “with strong links to environmentalism and feminism.” Ehrlich compared human beings to cancer, he said “A cancer is an uncontrolled multiplication of cells; the population explosion is an uncontrolled multiplication of people. … We must shift our efforts from treatment of the symptoms to the cutting out of the cancer. The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions.” Some proponents of ZPG endorsed such measures as legalization of abortion, education, elimination of tax benefits for families and involuntary sterilization.

The overarching fear was that population growth would result in starvation and death on a gigantic scale. The Limits to Growth, a 1972 study by a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) predicted the collapse of the world system in 100 years. Perhaps they had “scientific consensus”?

“If I Wanted America To Fail”

This annual tribute to Earth should be a positive day. Energy alternatives should be explored, waste should be reduced, and there should be a global “group effort” to protect the environment. Teaching kids about the importance of earth, for example, is noble. There are all kinds of ideas, that are reinforced on Earth Day in small towns, such as reusing water bottles and grocery bags, biking instead of driving, being a part of a community garden, etc.

However, there is a level of hysteria surrounding Earth Day that needs to be addressed, and it is done quite well in a video released by As one article in Washington Times Communities cynically stated, in reference to the “sanctimonious urgings that we abandon our evil, energy- and chemical-consuming lives in order to “save the planet,” that “in an era of economic deprivation, this nonsense and false piety is becoming increasingly repugnant.”

Watch, and see why it is going viral.

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