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‘Climate con’ graffiti linked to international sceptic group

‘Climate con’ graffiti linked to international sceptic group

Tuesday 16 November 2021

‘Climate con’ graffiti linked to international sceptic group

Tuesday 16 November 2021

Graffiti has popped up overnight near Jersey’s climate mural, appearing to support an international group's message that global warming is a “con”.

The sprayed ‘WARNING! CLIMATE CON-ARTISTS AHEAD’ message, which appears on the wall to the left of the 'Climate Stripes for Jersey', is followed by a link to the website for an organisation called Clintel.

Clintel was founded by Dutch engineer Guus Berkhout, who began his career at Shell.

The group says on its website that it wants to take the role of “climate watchdog” and says its view can be “easily summarised as: There is no climate emergency.”


Pictured: The climate-sceptic message, which was spotted by islanders this morning.

In 2019, hundreds of Clintel backers sent a letter with the latter phrase as its title to European Union and United Nations representatives arguing that changes in the climate are “expected from the cyclic behaviour of the climate system” and that there is “no proof” that carbon dioxide emissions drive climate change.

Their “urgent” message was that the EU’s net-zero target should be “strongly opposed”.

It was reported at the time that the signatories included academics, politicians and lobbyists, many of whom with links to the energy sector or forming part of thinktanks pushing for post-Brexit environmental deregulation.

The Police said the vandalism had not officially been reported to them when contacted by Express this morning.

Its the second time Ian Rolls’ climate mural – which features 126 stripes each representing the average air temperature each year from 1894 through to 2019 – has been the target of vandalism.

On Christmas Eve, graffitists sprayed messages decrying climate change as a “hoax” and wrote, “how dare u [sic] scare kids.” 


Pictured: Vandals left climate change denying messages on the artwork, calling it a "hoax", over the 2020 festive period.

In February this year, Rolls revived the mural with a new design representing conversations and debate around climate change

“The graffiti was a negative comment on what the data and the stripes represent. The fact that it can potentially scare kids was one of the comments that the graffiti stated and I think that’s really interesting in itself because I don’t think actually that the kids are the ones that are scared by climate change, I think that’s more the elderly or the people that have a vested interest in keeping things the same as they are,” Rolls told Express at the time.

He continued; "We have to change, and I think young people are really good at changing and adapting to the situation so I have every confidence that actually the situation can be improved but time is running out and I think that’s one thing I wanted to make clear in the mural and that’s why, right at the end, I put the hourglass as a symbol of the time running out.

“Now the conversations have to be turned into action by everybody, by ordinary people, by businesses and by governments. Together, we need to have a concerted campaign of action starting yesterday!”

Video: The revamped climate mural, unveiled in February 2021.

As COP26 launched in Glasgow around two weeks ago, the Government unveiled its preferred strategy for reaching net-zero emissions in Jersey.

However, it included a suggestion that the Government wished to push back the goal until 2050, and may look towards carbon offsetting, rather than direct reductions in the island's own emissions.

Deputy Rob Ward, the Reform politician who successfully had a climate emergency declared in Jersey, described it as a "dereliction of duty".

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Posted by IanSmith97 on
I don’t condone vandalism, never have, never will. However I don’t like political art on public spaces either. It is never ending and getting tiresome this green/eco/carbon neutral obsession.
Posted by Svante Arrhenius on
This is such a ridiculously emotive reaction to a warming planet. Clintel are right, there is no emergency; few scientists would agree that there is. Politicians, the media and activists however, all continue to push the emergency narrative. If anyone sane needs evidence that this isn't an emergency, juts look at how entirely ineffective COP26 has been. Compare the global response to Covid19 (a real emergency) with the response to a pseudo emergency like climate change. Most Governments know this isn't an emergency and are acting accordingly.......whilst at the same time signaling great virtue to the outside world.

Back to the mural, has anyone actually seen the link between the colours on this mural and the temperatures recorded? Is there a key where this can be studied?

Clearly, Mr Rolls has taken the opportunity to fill in the bar for 2020, which locally was the warmest since 2014. This year (2021) is looking like it will produce an average temp that is approaching one degree cooler than 2020. I sincerely hope that Mr Rolls uses the right colour for should more closely reflect the blue showing 2013 rather than 2020.

The 30 year average temperature for Jersey is 12.39 Celsius. The 2021 average will be very similar.
The average temperature for the year 1894 was 11.3 Celsius.

We have seen an increase of 1.09 degrees Celsius in 124 years....all during a time when we know we are exiting the last ice age.
Warming of 0.0087 of a degree celsius per year. Imperceptible and immeasurable.
Posted by Sarah Ferguson on
I have every sympathy with the people responsible for the alternative opinion. It is depressing that there has been no responsible and informed debate on the climate topic. The media has decided that it understands the topic and every storm etc is attributed to climate change. We have been deluged with propaganda by journalists who have no understanding of the scientific method and refuse to debate the topic. In fact some media outlets refuse to allow alternative viewpoints to be heard. There are lone, sane, voices such as the Global Warming policy Foundation. This is an independent organization which is funded by the ordinary public and cannot be censored. This contrasts with the appalling treatment being meted out to Roger Pielke Jnr by the university of Colorado. - one of the worst cases of intolerance I have seen, possibly since Galileo. The report by Donna Le Framboise is on the GWPF website.
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