April 22 is Earth Day, the day when all the greenies and environmentalist wackos come out of the closet and preach "sustainability" as they drive gas-guzzling automobiles and take advantage of dead trees by using pieces of paper to write lame hashtags and hollow slogans. Despite the leftist propaganda, Earth Day is not all sunshine and flowers and has a rather dark history. Here are five things you didn't know about Earth Day.
1. One of the co-founders murdered and composted his girlfriend. Ira Einhorn, according to NBC News, murdered his girlfriend, Helen "Holly" Maddux, after she broke up with him after five years. Police eventually discovered "Maddux's beaten and partially mummified body" that was stuffed with Styrofoam, which The Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro has pointed out is "environmentally unfriendly."
"After fleeing the United States and spending 23 years abroad, France finally extradited Einhorn," Shapiro wrote in a 2011 column. "Upon his return, Einhorn explained that the CIA had framed him after discovering that Einhorn had uncovered their paranormal military weaponry plans."o0
Einhorn is currently serving a life sentence in prison.
Leaders in the Earth Day movement have sought to distance themselves from Einhorn, but they can't ignore the fact that Einhorn himself has claimed to one of the founders of Earth Day and was master of ceremonies in the first ever Earth Day event. Before that, Einhorn was a well-known as a pacifist (ironically) and a charismatic, outspoken "ecological guru," according to NBC News.
2. Earth Day has roots in the eugenics movement. The eugenics movement, as Nature.com describes it, championed the idea of selective breeding to pass on superior traits through forced sterilization. This movement was the precursor to the evil butchery of the Nazis, which eventually caused the eugenics movement to become discredited, but a key aspect of this movement lives on in the environmentalist wacko movement: population control.
Population control became a cause célèbre for the environmentalist movement when Earth Day co-founder Paul Ehrlich published his book The Population Bomb, where he equivalenced a large population of people to being a cancer because otherwise there would be mass starvation and wars over natural resources.
"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," wrote Ehrlich. "The operation will demand many apparently brutal and heartless decisions."
Ehrlich took a page from the eugenics movement by advocating for forced sterilizations of fathers of three or more in India as well as taxes on diapers and cribs, writing that "coercion is a good cause."
On the other hand, economist Julian Simon argued the exact opposite: more population is actually beneficial.
"Whatever the rate of population growth is, historically it has been that the food supply increases at least as fast, if not faster," Simon told Wired magazine in 1997.
Simon and Ehrlich made a bet in 1980: if Ehrlich was correct, then commodities price would drastically increase with population growth, as a dearth of resources would naturally lead to less supply. However, as population has increased from 2 billion to 7 billion over the past 100 years, the commodities prices have actually decreased, according to The Federalist. This is because, as economist Phillip Verlerger once said, "Technology moves so quickly today that any looming resource constraint will be nothing more than a blip. We adjust."
Simon was right, Ehrlich was not.
Additionally, there appears to be a trend of underpopulation rather than overpopulation today:
Japan faces a demographic death spiral in which declining population and fewer workers leads to economic stagnation, which discourages people from having kids, which makes the problem worse. After decades of a “one child” policy, China’s working age population is also starting to decline, and it is conventional wisdom that the country is going to “grow old before it grows rich.”
None of the facts and evidence deter the environmentalist, as they are hell-bent on spreading the population myth, via The Daily Caller:
Earth First co-founder and former Sierra Club board member David Foreman has clearly stated his belief that “the optimum [human] population of Earth is zero,” and that “phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” Sea Shepherd Conservation Society director and Greenpeace co-founder Paul Watson has informed us that he “reject[s] the idea that humans are superior to other life forms … Man is just an ape with an overly developed sense of superiority.” And there’s always famed animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk, who has simply stated that “Mankind is the biggest blight on the face of the earth.”
Unfortunately, this kind of pervasive fear-mongering has deadly consequences. FrontPageMag has a list of Population, Health and Environment (PHE) initiatives that have used population control as a guise of helping the environment:
- Rachel Carson and USAID–which is open about their support for PHEs–fearmongering DDT, which had drastically reduced malaria worldwide. Since DDT's ban, countless children's lives have been lost to the scourge of malaria, and the environmentalist left is to blame.
- After 19 people died in an Eskimo Village in Alaska due to the arduous task of reaching a hospital in time, current Interior Department Secretary Sally Jewell refused to permit a road to be built that would have eased this difficulty, because it might "inconvenience" ducks. "I’ve listened to your stories, now I have to listen to the animals," Jewell said.
- PHE initiatives are being funded in President Barack Obama's budget.
This fanatical ideology that sacrifices human life for the religion of environmentalism is rooted one of the co-founders of Earth Day.
3. Earth Day is also the same day as Vladimir Lenin's birthday. This is not a coincidence. Marxism has been advanced under the guise of environmentalism for years. According to radio host and meteorologist Brian Sussman, then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WS), Stanford body president Denis Hayes and Ehrlich decided to hold the first Earth Day rally on Lenin's birthday after "careful consideration":
Environmentalists have always admired Lenin. He was the first disciple of Karl Marx to capture control of a country, and the opening act of his seven-year reign commenced with the abolition of all private property—a Marxist priority. Despite overseeing a bloody civil war, a devastated economy and a citizenry without hope, Lenin made it a priority to implement his signature decree, “On Land.” In it he declared that all forests, waters, and minerals to be the exclusive property of the state, and he demanded these resources be protected from use by the public and private enterprise. Selling timber or firewood, mining minerals, or diverting water for farming was strictly prohibited.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the degrowth movement, which describes themselves thus:
\The primacy of efficiency will be substituted by a focus on sufficiency, and innovation will no longer focus on technology for technology’s sake but will concentrate on new social and technical arrangements that will enable us to live convivially and frugally. Degrowth does not only challenge the centrality of GDP as an overarching policy objective but proposes a framework for transformation to a lower and sustainable level of production and consumption, a shrinking of the economic system to leave more space for human cooperation and ecosystems.
Obama himself has championed the de-growth movement, as back in 2008 he told the San Francisco Chronicle: "You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal . . . under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket" and that "if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being emitted."
It was a precursor to Obama's Environment Protection Agency waging a war on coal through smothering regulation, and last week the largest coal company in America filed for bankruptcy as a consequence of the EPA regulations.
Unfortunately, this eco-Marxism has been infecting the public school system, as evidenced by these students at the White House Science Fair:
“These Kids are In Charge: California Students Build Solar-Powered Charging Station for Electric Vehicles”
“Missouri Girl Scouts Develop Recycling Program and Discover a New Glue—Now Seeking Two Patents”
“Florida Teen Develops Novel Solution to Pen Pal’s Power Challenge” (The novel solution is saddling poor kids in Africa with what sounds like prohibitively expensive energy ideas that have to do with the ocean.)
“Idaho Teen Looks to Prehistoric Past to Understand Climate Challenges”
“Las Vegas Middle School Team Takes on Sustainable City Design”
Even teens working on a perfectly cool-sounding robot projects feel compelled to load up their idea with fustian eco-talk. One Los Angeles duo is now partnering up with “a program focused on advancing technology and constructing environmentally-friendly schools, built from recycled bottles, for children in Guatemala.”
This all under the pretense that there's an energy crisis, which of course is a myth. But unless this narrative is countered, the degrowth movement will continue to succeed.
4. Not only have these environmentalists been consistently wrong, they're massive hypocrites too. The Federalist has a list of seven apocalyptic predictions from environmentalists that never came true:
- Global cooling–before the global warming hysteria occurred, the big issue in the 1970's was that deforestation would lead to a massive Ice Age. Needless, that didn't happen.
- Massive starvation.
- Resource depletion
- Mass extinction.
- Renewable energy, as in this is a solution that has never panned out since renewable energy is simply too expensive to survive in a market-oriented economy without government intervention.
- Global warming, as the climate hasn't warmed since 1998.
Yet, many of the environmentalist activists who turn out for Earth Day rallies and events prey on these phony issues, yet don't practice what they preach. RedState has a list that highlight some of these activists' hypocritical behaviors:
- Posting memes and pictures of themselves on social media to pat themselves on the back for being such a heroic environmental warrior as they use their smartphones and laptops that require fossil fuels.
- Posting pictures of hashtags written on pieces of paper. What a waste of a tree.
- TV news stations patting themselves on the back even though they've done literally nothing to help the environment.
- Elites traveling to rallies and events through luxurious airplanes and cars that give off a lot of carbon emissions.
- A lot of these rallies feature hippies who love them some weed. Little do they know that making weed involves massive deforestation, which they're opposed to.
Environmentalists celebrating Earth Day are not to be taken seriously.
5. Nobody cares about Earth Day. Gallup releases a poll every year on Earth Day about environmentalism, and their most recent one shows that only 42 percent of Americans consider themselves to be environmentalists, a significant decline from 78 percent in 1991. The breakdown politically was 27 percent of Republicans, 56 percent of Democrats, and 39 percent of Independents who consider themselves to be environmentalists. Also, global warming was the least important issue of the five environmental issues in the poll, as only 37 percent truly worry about it.
To sum it up, environmentalists celebrating Earth Day are tweeting useless hashtags on paper from killed trees from their fossil-fuel driven laptops and smartphones to promote phony issues that advance Marxism during a holiday that was co-founded by a murderer and a population control fearmongerer, which is why in the end, nobody cares about Earth Day.