I went commenting at Delingpole’s yesterday, in a cynical attempt to raise my hit rate. I always feel like a member of the ineffectual Ankh Morpork Watch over there, stepping into a tavern brawl between Trolls and Dwarves and trying to look inconspicuous.
I picked up my recommends and a blushmaking comment from Dellers and was crawling towards the exit when I accidentally clicked on the thing that tells you who’s been recommending you. There was nobody I knew, but I clicked on the first one (Blue Screen of Death – sounded promising).
He or she or it had also been commenting at the UK Youth Climate Coalition. Funny.
SoI went there.
[hint: if you go there, go there from here. That way, they’ll know where you’re coming from]
It was, of course, the typical Green site. All blog and no comments.
The last two articles were by Louisa Casson. Here she is last September:
“The challenge of communicating the climate challenge – you what?!
“I spent last weekend strategising and learning United Nations policy acronyms with UKYCC’s delegation to the UN climate change summit taking place in Qatar in November. Sound like a geek’s heaven, i.e. somewhere you’d really not want to give up your sunny Saturday to go to?
“Well how about if I tell it this way? Last weekend I made friends with some inspring, hilarious and smart young people, we ate lots of biscuits and as a team we told stories, learnt from each other, and made a human pyramid.
“It’s all in the way you tell it. As a climate change activist, you might be surprised that even I struggled to concentrate through all of a recent lecture (which, yes, I voluntarily attended) on Tropical Climate Change and Variability – particularly through phrases like ‘anthropogenic greenhouse warming’. What I did take from it was speaker’s concluding comments for each slide of graphs that were initially about as comprehensible to me as spirograph gone wrong – these helpfully began ‘basically, this means…’ or ‘what’s really important here is…’ By breaking it down into simple language, I didn’t feel stupid for not having looked in a science textbook for 5 years, and I could start to actually engage with the issues being discussed – rather than just daydreaming about tropical beaches…”
And so on.
I looked back through five articles before I found a comment – two to be exact – the second being from my fan Blue Screen of Death. So I added my recommend to the three he’d already picked up and slowly walked away.
Then I went back and decided to find out who they were, and who was financing their highly professional site and their trips to Qatar Warsaw Berlin Poznan Rio Bonn Copenhagen and Cancun.
In 2008 there were just two of them, who met on a WWF trip to the Arctic. There are now at least 22. They’re supported by the following:
medsin global health local issue
made in europe museum agency for development & enterprise
National Union of Students
Envision – young people making a difference
the Diana Award
British Youth Council
The Otesha Project UK
You, Me and the Climate
Stop Climate Chaos Coalition
People and Planet
Amnesty International helps people being imprisoned and maltreated under repressive régimes. No-one at the UK Youth Climate Coalition has been maltreated, you’ll be glad to hear. The RSPB protects birds. None of them are birds, taxonomically speaking. Other organisations are unknown to me, so there’s more research to be done. Any help would be appreciated.
I won’t be commenting at UKYCC. These people are young and decent, and really looking forward to that trip to Warsaw.
But they’re being groomed. I don’t like that.