In this episode, I speak with independent investigative journalist Cory Morningstar. We discuss her extensive six-act exposé ‘The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg — For Consent,’ published at Wrong Kind of Green, which examines the non-profit industrial complex and its relationship with contemporary climate activism, in particular youth climate activists like 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Youth climate activism and environmental activism, in general, has been co-opted by powerful monied interests in order to roll out the Fourth Industrial Revolution — “a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres”* — which includes the financialization of nature, part of the "New Deal for Nature" — which will “create the most spectacular opportunity for monetary gain that the financial sector has ever witnessed.”
Cory’s incredibly detailed research uncovers the complex network of capitalist-backed non-profits, tech startups, and corporations that are pushing for a radical transformation of the global capitalist system, under the pretense of saving the environment and averting the worst impacts of anthropogenic climate change. By examining the forces that surround and promote youth climate activists, Cory is able to tease out the larger agenda at play here. “Today’s climate emergency mobilization must be recognized for what it is: a strategically orchestrated campaign financed and managed by the world’s most powerful institutions – for the preservation of capitalism and global economic growth.” By using the youth, who are understandably concerned about the climate crisis, the global capitalist elite are attempting to “generate popular demand from the citizenry that will in turn support the legislation required for projects that serve to benefit industry, rather than people and planet,” including the revitalization of the stagnate global economy by unlocking “approx. 90 trillion dollars for new investments and infrastructure” in order to fund the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “We have reached the Brave New Moment where there is no longer a distinction between our “movements” and the corporate forces that have been created to further our oppression and servitude – all in compliance to economic growth and capitalism for the world’s ruling class. All of this to be achieved on the backs of the most vulnerable – our youth. Hegemonic forces are salivating over the global waves of youth mobilization demanding action on climate change.” We unpack these claims and Cory's research in this episode.
Cory Morningstar is an independent investigative journalist, writer and environmental activist, focusing on global ecological collapse and political analysis of the non-profit industrial complex. She resides in Canada. Her recent writings can be found on Wrong Kind of Green, The Art of Annihilation, and Counterpunch. Her writing has also been published by Bolivia Rising and Cambio, the official newspaper of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
- Begin reading ‘The Manufacturing of Greta Thunberg — For Consent’ series at Wrong Kind of Green: http://bit.ly/ForYourConsent
- Read Cory’s work at her website: http://www.theartofannihilation.com
- Support Cory on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/CoryMorningstar
- This episode features the songs “Detroit's New Dance Show (Instrumental)” and “Scum (Instrumental)” by Black Milk from the album If There's a Hell Below Instrumentals.