This is truly astonishing. The Ballarat Fine Art Gallery has an “art trail” for children, which is basically alarmist climate propaganda on steroids. Here for example is the description on the museum’s web site for A Bore on the Hooghli by Johan Jakob Bennetter (pictured):
A ship captain himself until the 1840’s, the Norwegian born Johan Jakob Bennetter attended the Christiania School of Design in Oslo before venturing to France in 1855 to further his studies. He was best known for his detailed and accurate depictions of ships at sea.
Painted after his return to Norway in 1880, A bore on the Hooghli relates to a natural phenomenon that is known as a bore tide. These fast flowing high waters occur following an extremely low tide when there is a rush of seawater into a narrow shallow inlet from a broad bay such as this, where the Hooghli River enters the Bay of Bengal, India.
One of two seascapes by this artist owned by the Gallery – the other, known as The first shot features a battle between a ship flying the East India company’s flag, and a French ship.of the Napoleonic era… Both of these works and indeed several other early acquisitions, came to Australia through the agency of Alfred Fletcher, an art dealer in Melbourne during the boom period of the 1880’s.
All well and good. But what does the “art trail” for children say?
“Climate change, bringing with it an increase in extreme weather and rising sea levels, means that phenomena like the famous bores on the Hooghli at the Bay of Bengal now threaten the lives and livelihoods of literally hundreds of millions of people. This is one of the places in the world most vulnerable to catastrophe arising out of rapid rises in sea level…
What other changes in natural phenomena do you know of as a result of global warming?
How will predicted climate change affect your life?”
There are many, many more in similar vein. Shame on the Ballarat gallery for peddling this blatant, extremist political propaganda at children who do not have the capacity to question it, and who will in all likelihood, accept it as fact.
Tony Thomas at Quadrant Online has the full shocking story here.
You may wish to register your displeasure by emailing the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.