Disinfo: Climate activists want to destroy progress in the name of green faith

Summary

Climate activists don’t appreciate the progress their parents and grandparents have made with sweat on their faces. They don’t realise that they are so well off right now, not because of their own diligence, but because of this legacy, which they want to destroy in the name of green faith. Ecologism, not ecology!

It is precisely thanks to previous generations that university occupiers and fans of the terrifying Greta can travel easily, enjoy technological progress, and democracy as well.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation effort to delegitimise climate activism and propagate denialism about climate change.

Climate change is a scientific fact. Humans are increasingly influencing the climate and the earth's temperature by burning fossil fuels, cutting down rain-forests and farming livestock. This adds enormous amounts of greenhouse gases to those naturally occurring in the atmosphere, increasing the greenhouse effect and global warming. Preventing dangerous consequences of the climate change is the  key priority for the EU. 

This claim also attacks Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation. See earlier cases claiming that Greta Thunberg is a political tool, that the climate mafia is exploiting Greta Thunberg to lower living standards, and that Greta Thunberg is a prophet of a new totalitarian wave equalling to radical Islam.

For further disinformation cases about climate change, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Keywords: Greta Thunberg, Climate, West, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik
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Aggression towards Russia derives from American culture

Those here who behave aggressively [towards Russia] are driven by American culture.

American culture holds that Russia is “bad” simply because it is Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given; this is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Western belligerence towards Russia and specifically US Russophobia, aimed at attempting to weaken and isolate Russia.

Negative attitudes towards Russia are not simply driven by malicious "Russophobia", as pro-Kremlin media and officials often say, but often derive from assessments of the Kremlin's own policies.

The US has no concern for human rights

No reasonable person can claim today that the US has any concern for human rights. Except for Israel, the US has by far the worst record of human rights violations during the past several hundred years, far outstripping anything attributed to people like Stalin or Hitler, or even the Japanese.

Disproof

This is yet another example of one of the most common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives - the "Evil West" - according to which alleged Western imperialism and meddling around the world is presented as the most malicious and destructive force in the world. Specifically, it follows the recurring pro-Kremlin tendency to demonise the United States, grossly misrepresenting historical facts in the process.

While it is true that the US has a controversial human rights record and is currently seeing declining performance on human rights protections, it is misleading to say that the US has no concern for human rights. The US continues to score highly on freedom indicators, political rights, and civil liberties. The Constitution of the United States - the foundational document of American democracy - enshrines a number of inalienable human rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial by jury. Additional human rights have been recognised in amendments to the Constitution, as well as acts by Congress.

JIT chose to ignore Russian evidence of the MH17 crash

Russian Deputy Prosecutor-General Nikolai Vinichenko stated that the Russian side provided all Russian radar data to the Netherlands, with documents indicating that the BUK missile system that hit the (Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777) was Ukrainian, but this information was ignored by investigators.

Accusations by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) into Russia’s involvement in the Malaysian Boeing crash are groundless.

 

Disproof

The report advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the MH17 crash.

First of all, Russia's interest in aiding the JIT investigation is not a relevant condition of its membership in JIT. The crash did not take place over Russian territory and claimed no Russian lives, which precludes any basis for Moscow to be represented in the JIT. Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told a Russian newspaper that "if MH17 were shot down over Russia, I would have suggested that Russia be made a member of the JIT group."