30th April 2023
Paula Gori of the LSE reports “The phenomenon originally known as climate change is now starting to be widely called a climate emergency, to highlight the need for rapid action. In parallel, the spread of disinformation around this issue is impacting the collective effort to save the planet. As stated by UN Chief Communicator Melissa Fleming, “climate action is being undermined by bad actors seeking to deflect, distract, and deny efforts to save the planet. Disinformation, spread via social media, is their weapon of choice.”” To read the full article – https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/medialse/2023/04/21/the-impact-of-disinformation-on-containing-climate-change-a-climate-crisis/
One way of countering misinformation is to provide well documented, accessible and pertinent alternatives. It is in this light that it is concerning that judges in court cases involving climate activists are not allowing them to explain the circumstances that have prompted them to take action. Not doing so only adds to the weight given to the misinformation that is out there.
It is a mark of both the prophets of the Old Testament and of the ministry of Jesus, that God asks that we speak the truth especially in the face of falsehoods.