Eco-Summit 2017: The future belongs to the “Skeptics”


In a recent interview, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” predicted climate science will advance once so-called “climate deniers” die out.

Nye may be convinced younger generations will grow up sold on alarmist lies, but the remarkable student leaders I met at CFACT’s 14th annual Eco-Summit last week beg to differ!

These collegiates from all across the country just finished attending CFACT’s “eco-summit” leadership conference in Baltimore, Maryland, and are now getting ready to return to their campuses fully equipped to battle radical Greens and climate alarmists.

“This was one of the most informative and engaging conferences I’ve ever been to,” said Marcus Swentkofske, a senior at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. “The global warming narrative is all about government control. It reminds me of The Road to Serfdom by Hayek.”

Hailing from California, Washington State, Nevada, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey, these young leaders are certain to have an incredible impact on their peers when they return to their campuses this fall.

The speakers they heard from at the Eco-Summit were impressive, and certainly gave them much ammunition.

Marc Morano addressed the long history of climate change hysteria, while CFACT policy expert Paul Driessen spoke about the harmful effects Green policies have on the developing world.

Property rights advocate Martha Boneta and leading scientist Dr. Kelvin Kemm from South Africa spoke respectively about protecting farmers and the benefits of the free market in animal conservation.

CFACT president David Rothbard also presented our organization’s vision to the students, notably highlighting the Committee’s “Adopt a Village” work in the developing world.

“I loved hearing about the mission of CFACT and how fighting climate alarmism fits into the goal of uplifting the poor,” said Maya Maley of Azusa Pacific University in California. “This is a message I can take back to my campus where many students care about helping the least fortunate around the world.”

The summit wasn’t all hard work though. Students attended a Baltimore Orioles game and went to dinner on the beautiful Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, giving them the opportunity to network and grow friendships that will last beyond the conference.

Christian Spears, a sophomore at Seattle University, was fired up to bring what he learned back to campus. “We’ve planned out our club agenda for the coming year and are really excited to work more with CFACT, especially after the summit!”

I was impressed by the questions, enthusiasm, and genuine interest that our student leaders exhibited at the Eco-Summit. These collegians are brave, sometimes risking their reputations and grades on “politically correct” campuses to publicly fight for the truth.

I know you will join me in applauding their tenacity and expectantly waiting to see what they can achieve on campus this coming academic year.