My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Will children become climate cops????

Is this coming to Canada???
Last week's Sunday Times carried a large advertisement for the German-owned energy company npower, inviting children to "save the planet this summer" by becoming "climate cops". A picture showed a sleeping dad, with a notice on his head warning in a childish scrawl that he had been found guilty of "climate crime" by "falling asleep with the tv still on".

For more "interactive games and fun downloads", readers were invited to contact npower's Climate Cops website. This explains in comicbook format how children can spy on their parents, relatives and neighbours to catch them out in seven "climate crimes", such as leaving the TV on standby, putting hot food in a fridge or freezer (as is recommended by hygiene experts) or failing to use low-energy light bulbs.

Children could record these offences in a "climate crime case file", while teachers are offered a full "learning resource" pack for use in schools, including a PowerPoint presentation and posters for classroom walls.

When my colleague Richard North asked the Advertising Standards Authority how they squared this with their rules prohibiting "marketing communications" which "undermine parental authority", they replied (as he records on his EU Referendum blog) that they had "considered you (sic) objections but do not feel it have (sic) breached our Codes on the basis you suggest".


Anonymous Cool Blue said...

Reminds me of a plan another German political movement had:

"Why do I need you when I already have your children?" - Hitler

9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1984. Positively Orwellian.

11:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hydro Quebec is starting pilot projects where community groups get people to fill in questionnaires about their energy usage. The activist groups can get money by getting as many people as possible in their neighbourhood to do this. The corporation is also thinking of giving incentives to whole neighbourhoods if their energy consumption is down as a whole.

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another tactic borrowed from the communists. And we all thought they had lost the cold war!

12:40 PM  

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