Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Boycott Build-A-Bear?

Updated:  I feel that I need to include this fact, in preface: I have no problem with (and often participate in) activities that will make this world a cleaner, better place. My husband and I use low-watt bulbs and energy star appliances throughout our house, conserve water and power in every way we can, and recycle aluminum and plastic. In my opinion, there's a difference in being green and creating mass hysteria over a very unfounded scientific opinion. For my further opinion on this, read the comment section. :)

I just found this link online.  Apparently, this is a video that's shown when you log onto the Build-A-Bear interactive website.




I don't really address politics on here, and there's a reason for that.  I have my own (rather strong) convictions, due in part to a husband that is extremely interested in politics and was a Political Science major in college...I just don't feel that my blog is the place for them.  However - I will share something - I think it is DISGUSTING to force convictions (of any kind) on children.

In my line of work, I am very careful to keep everything I do politically and religiously neutral.  This might sound strange, considering how solid I am in my beliefs, but I think my principal put it best when she was explaining the separation in church and state.  She told us that, even though she has extremely strong beliefs, she wouldn't want someone else teaching her children a different set of beliefs without her knowledge.  I am the same way - which is why I don't feel it is my place to introduce those topics in the classroom.

Ok, I made that point to make this point - children are extremely impressionable little people.  The first political viewpoint they hear is usually the one they will stick to.  To tell children that Global Warming is going to cancel Christmas makes me sick.

A lot of you know that I am really interested in weather.  I thought about going to school for meteorology, but the only program was at an out-of-state school.  But, I still follow it.  In everything I have found about global warming, there is absolutely not a shred of proof that everything is going to melt because of a man-made cause.  There are cyclical changes in weather that occur about every 50 years - and everything points towards the fact that this is one of them.  Combine that with the fact that many of the "big-wig" global warming supporters are getting paid tons of money for their role in promoting it, and I just honestly think it's a bunch of bull.  And I'm not the only one - many very well-respected meteorologists in America and abroad have signed a petition that they feel there is no scientific basis for it.

Ok, off that tangent (can you tell I get on tangents when I'm mad?).  No matter what you believe, don't brainwash children into believing that the North Pole is going to melt tomorrow (literally) and that Global Warming is going to cancel Christmas.  I'm not saying to completely shelter them from anything negative or controversial in this world, but don't sensationalize it...give them basic facts (not hysteria), and let them judge.  Let them enjoy those few precious years where they don't have to care about grown-up things like Global Warming, health care reform, and war.  They will never get them back.

I've heard of a boycott of Build-A-Bear because of this.  I don't personally shop there (obviously), so I can't participate.  However, I feel that being this destructive of impressionable young minds means that they obviously don't care about the fragility of childhood.  If I had children, I certainly wouldn't support that.

9 comments:

Robin said...

AMEN!!! I 100% agree with everything you said!!

{{{HUGS}}}

Robin :o)

Julianne Hendrickson said...

Ridiculous what people will do and who they will do it to just to get their point heard

Ann said...

I am with you 100% as well. I have actually had to explain to my oldest two children that, while conservation is a good thing and we should all recycle,etc, the Earth is not going to explode into a fiery mess tomorrow. It's sad that people/companies are putting these fears into our children.

Rachel said...

Leslie, I am so sorry but I have to disagree with you for reasons that are too long to post in a comment. I agree that political propaganda comes from all angles and needs to stop, but to imply that talk of global warming can be destructive to the mind of a child is like saying that we need to shield our children from hearing about the realities of life. "Many of the "big-wig" global warming supporters are getting paid tons of money for their role in promoting it"? If you're referring to Al Gore, he won a Nobel Peace prize for his efforts to stop global warming. However inconvenient it may be, global warming is happening. This is not a matter of politics, it is a matter of our environment. If human generated greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced, then the climate crisis will reach a breaking point within the next century. CO2 levels are higher in the Antarctic ice than in the last 600,000 years. A cyclical pattern? I really don't think so.

Leslie @ Lamberts Lately said...

Rachel, while I respect your right to have an opinion on this, I'm afraid we will just have to agree to disagree. I didn't call specific names, but Al Gore is one of the leaders in making money off of global warming. From 2000-2008, his net worth has jumped from 2 million to 100 million. If there is some other business venture that has done this, let me know, but from everything I have seen it is almost primarily off of global warming speaking engagements, movies, and appearances to discuss the topic.

Let me point you to this graph: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Atmospheric_CO2_with_glaciers_cycles.gif. It shows the variance in atmospheric CO2 as related to climate temps. While it is noted that we are in a peak interglacial period, there have been several times throughout the history of this earth that the temperature has been at a similar level. This is the cyclical change I referred to.

You can also read James Spann's thoughts on global warming here: http://www.jamesspann.com/wordpress/?p=650. He is extremely, unbelievably respected in the meteorology field, and has been in meteorology for over 30 years. He is a leading voice in the anti-man-made global warming issue, and I believe in his opinions on this matter whole-heartedly.

All of this being said, I have no problem with (and often participate in) activities that will make this world a cleaner, better place. My husband and I use low-watt bulbs and energy star appliances throughout our house, conserve water and power in every way we can, and recycle aluminum and plastic. In my opinion, there's a difference in being green and creating mass hysteria over a very unfounded scientific opinion. I also have a huge problem with the intolerance among the global warming supporters of dissenting opinions on this (namely, Heidi Cullen, who recently said that meteorologists who don't support man-made global warming should have their AMA certification stripped). There are just too many red flags, scientifically and human action-based, for me to buy into this.

Susannah said...

Go girl, right on. :D

Sarah Robbins said...

Thank you for bringing this cause to light! I linked up to you on my blog as well. Just a few weeks ago, most of the major theories on man-made global warming were openly discredited in a comprehensive study. Not surprisingly, this very important research was kept from almost all mainstream media outlets. . . Someone has to speak the truth. Thank you for doing so.

Elaina M. Avalos said...

Amen!

Ashley said...

Global warming should be something that a parent talks with a child about on their own terms. It shouldn't be inter-mingled with Santa, Christmas, and Build-A-Bear. I agree with you totally. If a conservative viewpoint tried to be mixed into a Build-A-Bear ad, we'd be crucified for it. Double standard.

 
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