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Look out! Here Comes the Green-Shirt Youth Corps. by The Elephant's Child
April 23, 2010, 7:30 am
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Thursday saw the launch of Green My Parents,a nationwide effort to “inspire” and “organize” kids to lead their families in measuring and reducing environmental impact at home. Not just on Earth Day, but every day — Green My Parents initial goal is to have its first 100 youth advocates train and educate 100 peers (who will then turn to 100 of their peers and so on) with the aim of saving families $100 million between new and April 2011.

How?  By washing in cold water, walking or biking to school or work, kicking the “bottled water habit,” for example, families could save over $1,000 each year.  (That’s a pretty big bottled water habit!)

Isn’t it interesting that tyrannies all over the world have “youth movements” to indoctrinate kids, and ask them to report on their parents.  Always happens about the same time as attacks on existing kids’ organizations like, say, Boy Scouts  or Girl Scouts.

As Greg Pollowitz suggests: when your kid turns up suggesting you wash in cold water, reply “Great idea.  Your television, computer, video games, 3-D movies, 3G phone and i Pod all use way too much electricity and resources.  Thank you for agreeing to give them up to save the planet.”

(h/t: Greg Pollowitz, Planet Gore)

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You hit on a very important point here. It is about using kids to get people to “give up” rather than to improve, streamline, to innovate to make things better. The revolution always want you to give-up and sacrifice for the revolution itself.

Sure, we do some of this stuff around here, and we do it to save money, or improve our health, or use less fuel of some sort, but we also do things with a mind towards improving the quality of our lives with better, usually more energy efficient tools and techniques, not to sacrifice for the mythical revolution to save the planet. The motivation makes a very big difference and it always has in the course of human history.

It is not you the revolution is here to save. It is you who must expend yourself for the revolution, and that’s just bogus.


Comment by zeusiswatching

The program D.A.R.E was encouraging kids to
tattle on their parents for doing(whatever drug)
now the kids are teaching the parents , because
they are set in their ways and behind the times.

Believe this or not they want to “SAVE THE EARTH”


Comment by Ron spins

Re this comment you made: “Always happens about the same time as attacks on existing kids’ organizations like, say, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.”

Green My Parents and the Scouts are not mutually exclusive. I’m a marketing consultant who helped Green My Parents with their launch.
You might be surprised to learn that I’m a Registered Independent, who has voted for quite a few Republicans in my day – I’m a moderate like most Americans. I’ve also taught Sunday School, I’m a former Girl Scout, and my son is a Cub Scout. I even wrote a piece in the Washington Post yesterday criticizing (gasp) the public school system.

You are just plain wrong about Green My Parents. Lighten up.

We all live on Earth together. Even if you don’t believe in Global Warming (and for that I refer you to the excellent piece my favorite mag, The Economist, wrote…) there is still plenty of good old fashioned advice about thrift and conservation in Green My Parents (remember Keep America Beautiful!) that all of us can benefit from.

It’s like anything else – parents bear a responsibility to be engaged with their kids lives. If there are things you don’t personally like about GMP, talk about it with your kids.

But I’m really disappointed to see all the name calling coming from my friends in the conservative movement.

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised, given the political climate in this country, but still, it’s a shame.


Comment by Lynn Anne Miller

The thing that struck me was the condescending
tone that is throughout this program.
It’s almost like grown adults are philistines.

The C.E.O of brand neutral is Tom Feegel
a student of Algore.
The Global warming “climate change” is the
biggest fraud ever foisted upon mankind.
Example in the G.M.P info several links to


As for one of the tips in the Oregonlive
article ..most cars get their best mileage
at 60 mph.
Kids indoctrinated by “SAVE THE EARTH” zealots
are really not as smart as they think they are.

P.S Driving slow sometimes can be very dangerous.


Comment by Ron spins

Very simply, it is not the business of children to instruct their parents in the name of what some organization deems “good.” The business of kids is to be kids, and to learn. The environmental movement has invaded our schools with blatant indoctrination to aid the political goal of the “Greens”. Check out “The Story of Stuff” on YouTube. The only truth in the video is the title, and it is such blatant propaganda it is embarrassing.

The Boy Scouts of America is 100 years old this year. Their goal is to train kids in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through outdoor activities. Surely you can see the difference with an organization whose goal is for kids to carry out a political goal by instructing parents in those things in which they have been indoctrinated.

We have a post, one of our older ones, in which I wrote about the newly DNA determined history of the polar bear, that they had been around for at least 130,000 years, far longer than previously thought. We had 34,886 hits on that post, mostly by schoolchildren, and partly for the picture of the baby polar bear. Kids writing papers about the “endangered” polar bear. (They are NOT endangered, nor threatened, but the tenor of the visitors was “Save the bears.”) A survey of schoolchildren, on an earlier Earth Day, found that one in three children between the ages of six and eleven think that the earth will have been destroyed by the time they grow up. That’s pure indoctrination.

“Global warming” is not something that one “believes in” or not. The globe is always warming and cooling. The only argument is whether or not the recent warming (none for the last 10 years) is something to be alarmed about. Since the ClimateGate scandal, and the misrepresentations of the UN’s IPCC assessments, the alarmist case presented by some scientists is pretty much over. The political case has nothing to do with science, but with taxation and population control.

There is an immense “green” push right now, because the environmental movement is aware that they are losing trust because of ClimateGate, and the continuing exposure of fraud. Our air is clean, the water is clean, and we are not short of energy. Recycling is probably not cost effective, and often there is no market for what is recycled and it goes right to a landfill anyway. We are not running out of space for landfills.

And I had kids in Scouts, and was a den mother in my day.


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