What is the green movement all about? Where did it come from? What is its ideology? Does it have a solid scientific backing for its theories? Is there a hidden agenda behind it? Does the green movement have communist roots?
The environmental or “green” movement is defined and spurred by the issues of global warming, climate change, sustainable development1, naturalism2 and other environmental concerns.
While a majority of Americans, influenced by the persistent leftist media, may accept that climate change is happening, the justifications for its predictions and theories have always been controversial and divisive. Amongst the different agendas behind the climate change issue, there is one that is most controversial and disturbing. It is the study that shows that 62% of Americans believe that climate change is largely caused by humans.3
In spite of all the global push, the earth’s climate is remarkably stable by historical standards, and there is no real proof that man is causing the warming or cooling of the planet. Such claims are based on outright fraud, and the real agenda behind is clearly political.
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Certain celebrities, activists, environmentalist organizations, businesses, the UN, some government entities and sadly, even the Vatican support the theory that humans are the cause of climate change. They have the mainstream media to further promote this erroneous theory. However, there are a number of experts, concerned Americans, and serious organizations who have presented arguments and facts to disprove this theory.
Whatever the polls say, the fact still remains that climate change claims are unsettled theories. As author Michael Crichton once said, “There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.”
A large percentage of Americans may believe in the problem of climate change and that something can be done to solve it, but the survey shows that they’re not personally willing to act, though there are some who would support organizations and the government if their money goes to environmental causes.4 This fact paved the way for democratic candidates and activists to make climate change their number one issue in the coming elections.5
From Red to Green
As it is generally known, the Soviet dictatorial government committed a multitude of crimes against humanity. More than 100 million deaths were attributed to communism.6 They controlled much of the people’s legitimate liberties resulting in a sub-standard way of living, loss of private property ownership, loss of religious freedom and the practice of radical egalitarianism, among many other atrocities. Eventually, when the Soviet Union collapsed in December of 1991, the Free World breathed a sigh of relief. At last, communism as they knew it had come to an end.
Keen and realistic observers, however, believed all along, that what actually happened in 1991 was not the end of communism but “a metamorphosis of the revolutionary process, not its extinction.”7
Vaclav Klaus, the first president of the Czech Republic after the end of the Soviet dictatorship, warned that “Celebrating the end of communism is inappropriate. It is creeping back in different forms under different flags and slogans.”8 He continues, “As someone who lived under communism for most of my life, I feel obliged to say that the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the beginning of the 21st Century, is not communism or its various softer versions. It was replaced by ambitious environmentalism.”9
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The collapse of the Soviet Union showed the world the disastrous failure of hard line communism practiced for almost seven decades. In view of this debacle, communists had to hide their failed ideology and emerge in a different form. Under the green flag of the environmental movement, communism crept in. This was evidenced by the Marxist takeover of the Greenpeace movement which was mainly concerned about protecting the environment. But as Lord Christopher Monckton, a special adviser to UK’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, narrated in an interview, “The environmentalists are merely watermelons: green on the outside, red on the inside, or I call them the traffic light tendency: yellow (afraid) to admit they are really red. You may think this is just rhetoric but I used to know one of the founders of Greenpeace, the late Eric Ellington, then whom nobody less political could be found. He was genuinely concerned that nobody should mess up the planet, and so he and his fellow founders all had rather idealistic notions about what they would like to achieve. Within a year or two, he said, they all had to leave because they weren’t political. When the Marxists moved in, and in his words, ‘took the movement over,’ they were unable to stop it because they were politically outmaneuvered by the hard left.”10
Stop Human Population Growth, Save the Polar Bears
As history has shown, communism has no problem with eliminating millions of human lives by many means, the Soviet Union being the first to legalize abortion. Today, the green movement wants us to believe that human overpopulation is the cause of environmental and economic catastrophe. They declare that more humans are bad for the planet and therefore they push for population control.
Even with legalized abortions, which includes late-term and at-birth in some states, the green movement is still not satisfied. Instead, it is more concerned with preserving the polar bear, the spotted owl populations and other animal species. In 2010, The Center for Biological Diversity gave away 100,000 condoms with images of polar bears and spotted owls on their packaging, to highlight the preservation of so-called “endangered” species.
As Dave Forman, co-founder of Earth First! once said, “My three main goals would be to reduce human population to about 100 million worldwide, destroy the industrial infrastructure and see wilderness, with all its full complement of species, returning throughout the world.”11
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The current human population is 7.6 billion. The green movement is concerned that the planet cannot support human population growth, and it wants to restrict or even prohibit the legitimate use of God’s creation to feed mankind. But, it is a fact that the entire world’s population could fit in the state of Texas with 1,000 square feet allotted per person and that food production and other resources needed to support the earth’s human population is adequate.
God intended for His creation to be used by man wisely to support himself. In Genesis, the Holy Scripture says, “And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female He created them. And God blessed them, saying: increase and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth. And God said: Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have in themselves seed of their own kind, to be your meat” (Gen. 1: 27-29).
Environmentalism and Socialism
Disinformation is one tool communists often use to deceive the West. One of the great Soviet/Russian deceptions is the idea that humans were changing the climate and that humans could save the earth through socialism. The late Natalie Grant Wraga, a recognized Soviet expert who advised the U.S. State Department on Soviet deception wrote: “Protection of the environment has become the principal tool for attack against the West and all it stands for. Protection of the environment may be used as a pretext to adopt a series of measures designed to undermine the industrial base of developed nations. It may also serve to introduce malaise by lowering their standard of living and implanting communist values.”12
On December 12, 2015, 196 parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signed the Paris Agreement that established global warming goals. It required countries to make profound changes to their economies. It also established a “Green Climate Fund” that required industrialized countries to pay for poor countries to build more renewable power and address climate change. But according to a Heritage Foundation Report, “this framework is a push for un-development for the industrialized world and a major obstacle for growth for the developing world.”
In fact, one of the prime movers of global environmental initiatives once said, “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our duty to bring that about?”13
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In the United States, neophyte congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist from Bronx, N.Y., wasted no time in introducing a proposal to make the United States free of carbon emissions within ten years, without the use of nuclear power. Called the “Green New Deal,” she clamors for a “national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II.” In true socialist fashion, the proposal calls for universal healthcare, free college tuition, replacement of airplanes with high-speed trains, charging stations, replacement of “every combustion engine vehicle,” government-provided jobs, retirement security and total “economic security” for anyone “unable or unwilling to work.”
When asked how she was going to pay for it, she declared, “The world is gonna end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is, how are we gonna pay for it?”14 It is obvious that the only way to pay for Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s unrealistic proposal is to impose prohibitive taxes on taxpaying Americans, a basic tool in socialism’s toolbox. As it turned out, the U.S. Senate did not even bother to take up the non-binding resolution by a vote of 0-57 which effectively shelved the proposed measure, for now.
In France, the recent “yellow vest” street protests drew hundreds of thousands of French citizens protesting against an increase in fuel tax imposed by the government of President Emmanuel Macron. The increase was supposed to support France’s gas emissions goals to comply with the Paris Agreement. Working-class French people were not at all happy, sometimes resulting in violent riots on the streets of Paris. President Macron eventually cancelled the proposal thereby suffering a humiliating defeat—a good sign that socialism will always fail if people are free to redress their grievances.
Earth First, Man Last
According to communist theory, man is nothing but a cog in a wheel, and therefore communists deny man’s natural rights.15 Hence, the green movement uses several claims to spread fear and disinformation. Some of these claims include that there is a scientific consensus that human activity causes global warming and that CO2 is the enemy that drives global warming, just to mention two. These claims have all been refuted. A petition drive signed by 31,047 American scientists states that, “There is no convincing evidence that human release of CO2, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will in the foreseeable future cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”16
About rising CO2 levels, scientific studies prove that CO2 is not the enemy as environmentalists say it is, but a critical factor in the fight against food shortage, malnutrition and premature deaths especially in poor countries. CO2 is in fact a powerful plant food and has already “greened” the planet, resulting in a 15 to 30 percent increase in crop production since 1900.17
Environmentalism and Pantheism
Communists do not believe in a supreme, all-wise, all provident divine being, distinct from the universe. Theirs is a pantheistic view that God is identical with the nature of things, and is therefore subject to change.
Not long after stepping down as head of the former Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev expressed this pantheistic view: “I believe in the cosmos. All of us are linked to the cosmos. Look at the sun. If there is no sun, then we cannot exist. So nature is my god. To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals.”18 Gorbachev embarked on an environmental crusade by forming an organization called Green Cross International.
Notes on the Unacceptable Philosophy and Theology of Laudato Si’
Many in the green movement want to introduce an earth-based religion to solve the world’s problems. They believe that the earth is a living organism, a deity, an “earth spirit.” Former vice-president Al Gore, who has been a vocal environmentalist, wrote in his book, Earth in the Balance, that “Our religious heritage is based on a single earth goddess who is assumed to be the foundation of all life … all men have a god within. Each man has a god within because creation is God.”
Another prominent environmentalist, the late Carl Sagan, suggested that the earth should be “regarded as sacred” to encourage treating it with “care and respect, not because God made it, but because it made us.”19 Pantheism is widely embraced by environmentalists. “For them the earth and all living things contain a ‘spark’ of the divinity and therefore have no final purpose outside of themselves. This naturally leads to a radical egalitarianism between man, animals, plants, and inanimate matter.”20
Environmentalism and the Vatican Alliance
Unfortunately, an unlikely ally has joined the green movement — the Vatican. In his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis drew a lot of wide-ranging criticisms of the encyclical’s economic, social and scientific aspects.
But what is profoundly concerning is its “new conception of man and the universe.” The American TFP published an in-depth study entitled, “Notes on the Unacceptable Philosophy and Theology of Laudato Si’.” Authored by the Brazilian Catholic intellectual, Arnaldo Vidigal Xavier da Silveira, the study concludes in part: “the philosophical and theological vision of the human being and of creation presented by the Encyclical is incompatible with Catholic dogma and sound philosophy, and is, therefore, unacceptable. We regret being obliged to point this out but note that it is unacceptable not only for the grave errors it contains but also for its insinuations, ambiguities, omissions, and biases, all favoring a pantheistic worldview.”21
The study further states that “the encyclical deals with the earth, nature and the environment as if they were rational beings.” To quote from the encyclical: “This sister ‘the earth’ now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods that God has endowed her.” Da Silveira also observes how “the Encyclical presents man, not as the master of nature, of the sensible world, a condition which man uses to give glory to God, but virtually reverses that order by placing him not as master but as the servant of sensible nature, to which he must submit and which he must obey.”
Green Agenda at the Pan-Amazon Synod
In the meantime, preparations are underway at the Vatican for the Pan-Amazon Synod to be held in Rome on October 6 to 27, 2019. The assembly of bishops from the Amazon Basin will discuss the theme, “The Amazon: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.”
Much attention given to the Synod has been about the possibility of allowing married priests in the Amazon region of South America, which would contradict millennia of discipline in the Roman Rite and the example of Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
Just as dangerous, however, is the radical green ideology expressed by the Synod organizers and contained in the already published “Preparatory Document” and “Instrumentum Laboris.” The 16-page “Preparatory Document” reads like a Green Manifesto which promises to present social, economic, and political solutions by drawing upon the “wisdom” of the Amazonian Indians.
Just like Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, the two documents are full of climate alarmism and disdain for private property, the free enterprise economy, and above all Western civilization.
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It is the West with its “expansive economic interests” with an “extractivist mentality” that has caused the supposed environmental crisis of our times. Americans and Europeans are guilty of crimes against the environment such as “indiscriminate logging…contamination of rivers, lakes, and tributaries…oil spills, legal and illegal mining.”
The solution, it declares, “requires structural and personal changes by all human beings, by nations, and by the Church” in which mankind “breaks with structures that take life and colonizing mentalities.” We need an “ecological conversion” which will supposedly free us from our “obsession with consumerism.”
The synod’s agenda will also include progressive pastoral goals that affect the Amazon basin and could be made a model for the rest of the church worldwide. Although the Synod is about the Amazon, the real target is the United States and Europe. The Most Rev. Franz-Joseph Overbeck, bishop of Essen (Germany) and head of the Latin American relief organization Adveniat, has made this very clear: “The Synod on the Amazon will be a turning point for the whole Church. Nothing will be as before.”
Our Lady of Fatima’s Message–“Most Prophetic of all Modern Apparitions”
Our Lady’s message at Fatima in 1917 remains current and relevant to the development of world events today. Pope Benedict XVI noted “the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, with their powerful call to conversion and penance, are without doubt the most prophetic of all modern apparitions.”
The “red” style of communism may be gone, but its ideology continues to spread, inspired by an atheistic, pantheistic and egalitarian doctrine opposed not only to the values of Christian civilization, but the natural law as well. It is important to be aware of the dangers of the environmental movement in all its forms and to learn why its socialistic agenda will ultimately lead to communism.
Communism is intrinsically evil and has been condemned by several popes. Such an evil regime only gets its inspiration from Satan himself. Satan, who hates God and His creation, will always have the downfall of man, made in the image and likeness of God, his ultimate goal. The devil and his followers had to come up with new plan to replace the ugly and failed face of communism. Through the intercession of the Most Holy Virgin, the father of lies and his followers are exposed when we recognize that the green movement is truly the new “red.”
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A great Catholic writer and thinker, Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira, once wrote, “The Fatima apparitions instruct us about the terrible gravity of the world situation and about the true causes of our evils, as well as teach us the means by which we must avoid the earthly and eternal punishments that await us. To people of antiquity, God sent the prophets. In our days, He spoke to us through the Queen of Prophets herself. Having thus studied what Our Lady said, what can we say? The only suitable words are those of Our of Lord in the Gospel, “If any Man has ears to hear, let him hear” (Mark 4:23).22
In the meantime, we must pray, especially the Rosary and the First Saturday Devotion, which Our Lady of Fatima requested. As we continue to fight for God’s cause, remember that the true confidence of each faithful Christian is grounded on Our Lord’s promise that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church and in Our Lady of Fatima’s message that “Finally, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
- Human Life International, “The Hidden Agendas Within the Sustainable Development Goals,” July 20, 2015, LifeSiteNews.com.
- Defined as “God is produced in man and in the world, and all things are God and the very substance of God …” by Pope Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors, December 8, 1864.
- 2018 National survey, The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the AP-NORC Center.
- Avery Thompson, “More People Than Ever Accept Climate Change Is a Threat to Them Personally,” January 23, 2019, www.popularmechanics.com.
- Stéphane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panné, Andrzej Paczkowski, Karel Bartosek, Jean-Louis Margolin, The Black Book of Communism: Terror, Crimes, Repression, Harvard University Press.
- Julio Loredo, “The New Class Struggle: The Death of Communism, or a Metamorphosis?,” panamazonsynodwatch.info.
- Luis Dufaur, “Communism is Creeping Back Under Different Flags and Slogans,” TFP.org.
- Michael Whitcraft, “A Lot of Hot Air,” TFP.org.
- James Bascom, “Interview with Lord Monckton at the Rio+20 Conference,” July 3, 2012, TFP.org.
- Pedro Luis Almarante, “The Green Cult,” TFP.org.
- Wes Vernon, “The Marxist Roots of the Global Warming Scare,” americasurvival.org.
- Michael Whitcraft, “A Lot of Hot Air,” TFP.org.
- Gregg Re, “‘Green New Deal’ Details Emerge, as Ocasio-Cortez Preps Big Reveal of WWII-Level Mobilization,” Fox News.
- Luiz Sérgio Solimeo, Exposing Socialism: “The Errors of Russia”, The American TFP.
- Bonner Cohen, PhD, “Rising CO2 Levels Boost Agricultural Productivity, Human Health,” CFACT.org.
- Luis Dufaur, “Communism is Creeping Back Under Different Flags and Slogans,” TFP.org.
- “Religious Leaders join Scientists in Ecological Concerns,” Aug. 19, 1991, Christianity Today.
- James R. Bascom, “Six Characters of True Environmental Stewardship,” TFP.org.
- Arnaldo Vidigal Xavier da Silveira, “Notes on the Unacceptable Philosophy and Theology of Laudato Si’,” TFP.org.
- Plinio Correa de Oliveira, Catolicismo, No. 30, June 1953.