Monbiot’s Zombie Blog Revisited

Six weeks ago I had a look at the Campaign against Climate Change’s zombie blog.

https://geoffchambers.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/monbiots-zombie-blog/

I was alerted by Robin Guenier to a video at

http://www.campaigncc.org/blog/TimetoAct2

which was part of a campaign to relaunch their mass movement

Robin left a comment, the first in ages at their blog. He was followed by Charlesx, Philip Bratby, Alex Cull, Lapogus, SandyS (who quoted Robert Burns to some effect), TinyCO2, Radical Rodent, manicbeancounter, tim, and me.

Tim ws the only supporter of the campaign, saying Pay no notice of the sceptics, guys! Great video!!” He got two plus ticks and eleven minuses. Robin won this slightly daft game, with 28 plus and zero minus ticks.

We nine sceptics made a variety of objections, which met with no response.

Their current home page has four items: the first:

http://www.campaigncc.org/blog/TimeToAct4

another video, was put up on 3rd of October,in preparation for their big campaign launch on 7th of October. On 22nd October I was viewer number 96 on Youtube.

Zero comments.

Second:

http://www.campaigncc.org/international/GDA

Global Day of Action GDA 2013 – 16th November – Bringing people around the world together to fight against global climate change. 

Zero comments. 

Third: 

http://www.campaigncc.org/takeaction/volunteer/stewards

Want to volunteer and help out the campaign but don’t have time to volunteer regularly? This page is for you! 

We regularly need stewards to do some vital work at various events (marches, camps, conferences, etc). So why don’t you join our pool of stewards and receive alerts when help is needed?

Zero comments.

Fourth:

http://www.campaigncc.org/blog/IPCCMyths

This is a blog article: “IPCC Mythbusting” Submitted by Claire on Thursday 26th September. There are 7 comments by Robin Guenier, Climate Learner, me, and Alex Cull. This time there was not a single supporting voice for the article. ClimateLearner, whose name I don’t recognise from sceptic blogs, said: I must say this Guenier chap is making more sense than the main article itself does. Surely here of all places we could expect to get a more convincing article”. Once again, Robin won the popularity contest, with 13 plus votes, three times the number of commenters.

Today was their big day, the day of the FossilFree London Lobby Tour.

[Why should anyone want a fossil free London? what is it about the Greens that they can take a term like “fossil” or  “carbon” and turn it into a rude word? Did they have some really bad experience in first year General Science?]

They had a post about it

http://www.campaigncc.org/events/2013/FossilFreeTour

Zero comments

It ended a few hours ago, and as far as I can see, only Tara Clarke of Carbon Bubble was there and has tweeted about it.

Image

(looks like it went down like a lead balloon)

Tara says she has posted photos on Facebook but I can’t find them. I did find a comment saying that three people like that. They are called Ruthi Brandt, Global Power Shift UK, and Tim Padmore. Whether they were there for the demo they don’t say.

[Wouldn’t history have been different if Twitter had existed then!  “1797: Bastille stormed: 5 people tweet they like that”]

Whatever. The attempt to render London fossil free is over. Next stop: Warsaw.

http://www.campaigncc.org/events/2013/Warsaw1

Come with us to Warsaw for COP19

For this year’s COP, we’re joining forces with Climate and Social Justice of Belgium to mobilize as many activists as possible to march on the streets of Warsaw. We do this in the promise that:

 – We will not turn away from the climate negotiations!

 – We will not forget to act and put pressure on global processes!

 – We will mobilize again against imposed false solutions!

 – We will fight together for climate and social justice!

 We are grateful for anybody who can spare four days in November to join us: first, on the of evening Thursday 14th November, we will take the coach from London to Brussels. Return Coach ticket to Brussels + Return Train ticket to Warsaw £ 170.00.

[That means leaving London Thursday evening and arriving in Warsaw Saturday morning, with a stop over on the sofa of fellow militants in Brussels].

A quick visit to Ryanair reveals that I can make the same journey by air in two hours for £23.98 return. But then I wouldn’t get to spend 72 hours on trains and buses in the company of my fellow militants and a sleep-over on the sofa of a Belgian fighter for Climate Justice.

No comment.

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9 Responses to Monbiot’s Zombie Blog Revisited

  1. Katabasis says:

    This is absolutely brilliant! Thanks Geoff, this post really made me chuckle!

  2. omnologos says:

    It’s always full of pretty girls …so where are the flocks of adoring male fans? Somebody like Milhouse to Lisa Simpson…

  3. alexjc38 says:

    It occurred to me that the CaCC website might just be a spoof. Maybe it exists just to fool everyone who isn’t in the know, and to deflect sceptics’ negative vibes, whereas the real website is elsewhere, with a secret URL known only to the organisers and all their followers, and even now is attracting hundreds of comments and ideas!😀

  4. Tom says:

    I love that you judge your success on number of web comments, it’s very cute!❤ xoxo

  5. Nice to see that you are now naming and shaming people on this website, reminds me of the pedophile outing websites. Personally don’t have the time to leave loads of comments, but guess i should as trolling the internet and writing a few lines is a much more effective way of creating change than getting off your arse.

  6. Andrew Taylor
    Not sure who you mean when you talk of “naming and shaming”. I’m happy to accept the term in the case of Stephen Emmott and Stephan Lewandowsky, who are liars and fools and use their academic titles to frighten the ignorant, and of Lord Deben, who uses his position as Climate Commissar to further his business interests.
    I name a lot of people. In the case of Vivienne Westwood, there’s no shame in being a millionaire and daft. There are good reasons to name and shame George Monbiot, who was once a decent investigative journalist until his green beliefs got in the way, and he decided he’d rather believe Lord Oxburgh of Globe and Dr Pachauri’s accountant than his own lying eyes.
    I don’t see how I can be accused of “outing” them though, since they are all very public figures, making money from peddling nonsense.
    Which of them are you defending exactly?

  7. Mooloo says:

    Nice to see that you are now naming and shaming people on this website, reminds me of the pedophile outing websites.

    Heh! Pot calling the kettle black here.

    Greenpeace live by naming and shaming. It’s basically their only modus operandi, since they do precious little that actually has any effect other than that (at least WWF, Sierra Club etc do actually do something). Worse yet:Greenpeace, Frack Off, etc, are happy to name and shame by illegal methods, whereas I am unaware that Geoff has done anything quite so daft as piracy lately.

    I hope you go and badger these sites before you come back here, to whinge at Geoff’s “naming and shaming”. It was the environmentalists that started this, long ago:
    http://www.desmogblog.com/global-warming-denier-database
    http://denierlist.wordpress.com/

  8. lmao Andrew Taylor is too busy swallowing lies from Greenpeace…the Linda Lovelace of climate activism

  9. Barry Woods says:

    Tara Clarke is mildly famous, for going to the LIndzen debate. ‘to see a sceptic shamed’

    Me and Josh sat next to her, she did seem nice though..
    Josh took a picture for her blog, as he had a better angle

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