The average person’s most mundane decisions have been overcome by climate change hysteria.
You don’t always recycle? You’re terrible. You like to eat meat? You’re killing the planet. You hope to have children someday? The anti-climate change devotees will come for you.
When seminary students are confessing their climate sins to plants, it’s safe to say that some people take climate change a little too seriously. And the absurdity doesn’t stop there. “Hanoi Jane” Fonda has been arrested at the Capitol each week for protesting climate change, Coldplay is no longer taking its mediocre music on tour because of environmental concerns, and The 1975 released a song that was just Greta Thunberg talking for four minutes.
All of this would be ripe material for stand-up comedians if they weren’t afraid of rattling politically correct orthodoxy.
Luckily, Nate Bargatze isn’t. In the comedian’s Netflix special, The Tennessee Kid, he jokes about waiting to learn about climate change until he figures out how rain works and saving up buckets of water to give to his daughter on her 18th birthday.
You’re not supposed to say that you don’t care about climate change with the fervor of a woke celebrity, but Bargatze voices the thoughts that many of us have already been thinking.
Global warming is something “that everybody yells at you about,” Bargatze explains. But that’s not going to make him recycle. And he’s not going to raise awareness either. He said he looked up a list of what people are supposed to do about global warming, and the first suggestion was his favorite.
“It just said, just talk to your friends and family about it,” he says. “I had a great aunt and uncle fist fight each other at a wedding. Let me get in the middle of that fight: ‘Any chance this fight was about global warming?’ Because I just would love to get that conversation rolling.”
No, most people don’t want to bring up climate change over Thanksgiving dinner. But why is Gen Z suddenly so obsessed with talking about the environment? Bargatze jokes that we don’t criticize older generations, saying, “It’s cloudy today. Is that because you smoked on planes? Probably. Why’d you have to smoke that high? Where do you think that smoke was going?”
But you can’t joke too much about climate change without getting serious.
“Look, guys, all seriousness though, global warming, we gotta, you know, we gotta stop it,” Bargatze says. “Or, more of it. I don’t really know which way we want to go, but it can’t stay warmer. I know that. It’s gotta be one or, you know, something’s gotta happen.”
This is a great parody of every celebrity talking about climate change. Something has got to happen, and we’ve got to do something about it, and we should probably, you know, talk more about it with our friends.
“As a spokesperson for all of earth, all right, I’ll give you a message that I don’t think no one will give you,” Bargatze continues, “and I’m here to say that we’re doing fine. So just relax. You know, we’re in a time where everybody yells at you and everybody’s bad. We’re doing great all right?”
It’s true. But that doesn’t mean Bargatze treats the whole thing as a joke. Climate change isn’t funny, but mass hysteria certainly is. Bargatze hints that he does actually believe in the effects of rising global temperatures, just not the alarmism that goes along with it.
The other planets haven’t even started warming, he jokes, “and we’re almost done. So let’s celebrate being first! Don’t be sore winners.”
People are tired of being told the climate situation is so dire that we as individuals are responsible for compensating for it by changing the most fundamental aspects of our lifestyles. No, the world isn’t ending in 12 years. No, we don’t need to stop eating meat. No, we shouldn’t stop having children. We can support sustainability and environmentalism without wrecking our lives for the sake of scaremongering.
The harm produced by climate alarmism is enough to make one pessimistic, but Bargatze has the best response to climate doomsayers. When you’re faced with a bunch of students bowing their heads before a half dozen potted plants, all you can do is laugh.