World needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change, Jerry Brown says at Vatican

World needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change, Jerry Brown says at Vatican

[“Brain-washing”: A term and condition which Moonbeam/Fruitfly apparently picked up during his “clmate-focused” May 2017 trip to Communist China, which he now says “has become the great hope for the world on environmental issues”]

NOVEMBER 04, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown challenged the world’s religious leaders to further engage as he minimized the negative effects of President Donald Trump on meeting the climate-change challenge.

“The Trump factor is very small, very small indeed,” in comparison to the commitments taking place around the world, Brown said to a burst of applause Saturday at an event organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. “That’s nothing to cheer about, because if it was only Trump that was a problem, we’d have it solved. But that’s not our only problem.

“The problem … is us. It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort … It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern. And it’s the inertia.”

Brown, who arrived Friday for nearly two weeks of climate talks across Europe, said the path to transformational change must include the mass mobilization of the religious and theological sphere, but also the prophetic sphere.

“The power here is prophecy. The power here is faith, and that’s what this organization is supposed to be about. So, let’s be about it and combine with the technical and the scientific and the political.”

To slow the devastation of climate change, society cannot rely only on science and technology and must begin to accept the need for more transformational approaches, Brown said. He spoke for more than 40 minutes, punctuating his remarks and answers to attending scientists to reflect on his own experiences.

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Brown acknowledged that achieving transformation will not be easy, citing his recent visit to the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia, where world leaders gathered for discussions about trade with scant mention of climate effects.

“At the highest circles, people still don’t get it,” he said. “It’s not just a light rinse” that’s required. “We need a total, I might say ‘brain washing.’

“We need to wash our brains out and see a very different kind of world.”

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7 comments on “World needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change, Jerry Brown says at Vatican

  1. Moonbeam/Fruitfly sees need for “faith leaders to help awaken the world to climate dangers.”

    Some Evangelical (i.e, conservative) Prot leaders at the Vatican conference agree with him; e.g., the Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the US-based National Association of Evangelicals (again that code-word for conservative Prots) said that most of the world’s population has some religious affiliation and thus “Persuasion starts with the tenets of faith more than with scientific data” and that Evangelical preachers (such as him and his colleague at the conference, fellow Rev. Mitchell Hescox, president of the Evangelical Environmental Network, who spends more time “preaching” about climate change than the Gospel) will have to brainwash their “conservative” congregations in their own manner of appealing to “environmental catastrophes” in the Bible (such as Noah and the Flood) as well as recent storms, flooding and droughts to “create opportunities to persuade” their flocks not to religious and moral conversion but to change in their attitudes and actions regarding climate change.

  2. [“Very few people can grasp or really be moved by it.” Yep, Brown has that unique intellect that can predict the future from reading tea leaves. Do Californians elect him for his ability to distract from reality?]

    Preaching ‘Climate Change’ in Vatican, Jerry Brown Says ‘Trump Factor Is Very Small’
    by Mr. Elizabeth Lev Glendon, former perv-cult priest, TD Williams.

    California Governor Jerry Brown downplayed President Trump’s influence on the climate change debate in the U.S. at a Vatican symposium Saturday, saying that his impact is “very small.”

    Governor Brown delivered the keynote address at a climate change symposium organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, where fellow U.S. Democrats—Kevin de León, president pro tempore of the state Senate, and congressman Scott Peters—were also invited to speak.

    Regarding climate change, “the Trump factor is very small, very small indeed,” Brown told his enthusiastic audience, which burst into a spontaneous round of applause. “That’s nothing to cheer about, because if it was only Trump that was a problem, we’d have it solved. But that’s not our only problem.”

    But that’s not the only problem,” he said, adding that the real problem “is us.”

    “It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort. It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern. It is the inertia,” Brown explained.

    The California governor sought to reassure his hearers that Mr. Trump is out of touch with rank and file Americans, who believe in global warming and would embrace the measures stipulated by the Paris climate accord, which seems to be losing supporters elsewhere.

    “People even talk about the government as being somewhat distant, but I can tell you the people, in the majority, are very much in support of serious climate actions, in following the Paris accords, we are going to get there,” he said.

    “In many respects, if you try to measure what has been President Trump’s positive contribution, I would have to say his attempted withdrawal from Paris actually has put the matter much more in the forefront of the American people,” he said. “It is now more salient because of the contrast between what he is saying what the laws of America provide, what other states are doing.”

    Shortly before his trip abroad, Governor Brown granted an interview to BBC radio, in which he threatened to sue the Trump administration over climate change, while vowing to “stabilize the ship of state.”

    “The president is working to delegitimize the very notion of climate change,” Brown told Jim Naughtie of the BBC in a program that aired Oct. 24, while the position of California is to go “against the policies of President Trump.”

    “I hope the rest of the world does their part in providing a forceful opposition,” he said.

    “Trump has declared war on a majority of the American people under the guise of supporting his minority base and it’s very dangerous,” Brown said. “It’s very disruptive for America, and I’m going to do everything I can to stabilize the ship of state.”

    The governor went on to say that the president uses the issue of global warming to “work” his constituency. “I think he sees this as a galvanizing rhetoric for his base,” he said.

    In his address at the Vatican Saturday, Mr. Brown advocated mobilizing religious leaders to move the hearts of believers to engage with climate advocacy.

    “Until the religious sensibility is engaged — until religious leaders from every part of the globe and from every denomination are engaged — we’re not going to be able to move aside the huge rock of indifference, complacency and inertia,” he said.

    The governor also recommended getting beyond a data-based debate to connect with people on an emotional level.

    “The connection of health to climate change is central, because climate change is an abstraction,” he said. “Very few people can grasp or really be moved by it. But the pollution effects, people get that.”

    “Going forward, we’re going to have to find the pathway to awaken the world, to get done what needs to be done,” he said. “We’re not going to get there with just science and technology. There’s no technical fix adequate to the challenge we face.”

    Saturday marked the second time the Vatican has offered a platform to the pro-abortion governor from which to preach his views on global warming.

    At a similar Vatican event in 2015, Brown attacked climate-change skeptics, calling them well-financed “troglodytes” who are determined to “bamboozle” their fellow citizens.

    Climate change is “the biggest threat of our time” after nuclear annihilation, Brown announced.

    “If we don’t annihilate ourselves with nuclear bombs then it’s climate change,” he said.

  3. Whack job Brown makes the news again [my laugh of the day so far]:
    California Gov.Moonbeam to protesters during climate speech: ‘Let’s put you in the ground’

    California Gov. Jerry Brown jokingly called for protesters to be “put in the ground” as they disrupted his speech at a climate change event in Germany.

    “I agree with you, in the ground. Let’s put you in the ground so we can get on with the show here,” Brown, a Democrat, responded to protesters Saturday yelling as they chanted about fighting pollution and keeping oil in the ground.

    Brown was speaking at the U.S. Climate Action Pavilion on behalf of “America’s Pledge,” which brings together leaders from both the private and public sector to ensure America remains dedicated to the climate goals of the Paris Agreement.

    Gov. Brown is on a 10-day visit to four countries while on his way to the United Nations conference on climate change.

    “I wish we could have no pollution, but we have to have our automobiles,” Brown said in responding to the protesters disrupting his speech.

    • Moonbeam/Fruitfly forgot to mention jet-setting around the world (emitting many carbons) to international conferences such as those at the Vatican on reducing carbon emissions by reducing population as well as junket trips to places such as Communist China, which he regards as “the great hope for the world on environmental issues”!

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