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I thought this was an Internet rumor or a satire, but it turns out to be true. I visited the site and tried it myself.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has a website aimed at kids (average age 9 years), that gives them a series of questions on their carbon footprint, then says "click...to find out what age you should die at so you don't use more than your fair share of Earth's resouces!"
I did the "test" with average usage, and was told I should have died as a small toddler because of using up my "share."
This is the kind of evil we should be standing up against. This is a mindset, readily accepted, that the worth of the lives of human beings, specifically CHILDREN, is less than some overwrought unscientific obsession with preserving "the environment".
I am horrified.
31 05 2008
This is environmentalism jumping the shark:
I don’t know where to begin, except to say that when we see things like this, we should complain loudly and incessantly. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has crossed a line beyond science, beyond decency, and beyond rational thought.
This is what you get after pressing “start”:
The screen above says: When you’re done, click on the (skull and crossbones) to find out what age you should die at so you don’t use more than your fair share of Earth’s resources!
Hat tip to Callon Jim who writes:
This “kids” games at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Tells kids depending on their magical “carbon footprint” how long they should live?
The actual title is “Professor Schpinkee’s Greenhouse Calculator - find out when you should die!”
The thing I find amazing is the average foot print is 24.6 tonnes of CO2, which calculates out to 9.3 years old! Where it tells the child “YOU SHOULD DIE AT THE AGE 9.3!” Guess what age this kids games is marketed to? That’s right, 9 year olds.
What is most disgusting about this is that ABC ignores their own published Code of Practice
In section 2.12 they talk about content for children:
2.12 Content for Children. In providing enjoyable and enriching content for children, the ABC does not wish to conceal the real world from them. It can be important for the media, especially television, to help children understand and deal with situations which may include violence and danger. Special care should be taken to ensure that content which children are likely to watch or access unsupervised should not be harmful or disturbing to them.
I venture that any child who takes this carbon footprint test “unsupervised” without mommy and daddy around, and who may be old enough to read, but not old enough to understand he/she is being brainwashed by an agenda, would be “disturbed” find they should die at age nine, since just clicking through with default choices gives you that age.
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