I have word from a friend in an environmental
office that their entire staff will be taking a field trip to see
"An Inconvenient Truth" which opens today in select theaters.
Movie link: http://www.climatecrisis.net/
So many in my region are nowhere near
a theater showing the film!
Theater links: http://www.climatecrisis.net/findatheater/
I thought I'd let them and you know
of a link to the slideshow from which the movie was built. It will
take about an hour of your time, but it's easy to watch as background
while you fill out other paperwork.
Link to link of the slideshow:
modified link to the slideshow that
worked for me:
As an offer to be "fair and balanced"
<grin> - I'll point out the amazing ads that the Competitive Enterprise
Institute started airing late last week in select cities.
You can for yourself track down much
of the blog chatter about these ads - entries which tackle them from many
ways, including looking at the surprising names of companies who
contribute to CEI. And honestly, could Stephen Colbert have done
a better parody than what you'll see at CEI?
Really, when CEO Scott of Wal-Mart
says the following, isn't it time to dismiss the "is it so?"
discussions in the same way we do comments from those who tell us smoking
won't kill, the world is flat, or the walk on the moon was a fake?
"We are looking at innovative ways to reduce our
greenhouse gas emissions. This used to be controversial, but the science
is in and it is overwhelming. Climate change doesn't cause hurricanes,
but hot ocean water makes them more powerful. Climate change doesn't cause
rainfall, but it can increase the frequency and severity of heavy flooding.
Climate change doesn't cause droughts, but it makes droughts longer. We
believe every company has a responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases as
quickly as it can."
Last night, a town meeting was held
here at the UNO campus; it had a great panel discussion by the following
folks from diverse backgrounds who have all reached the same conclusions
as CEO Scott:
- Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, General
Secretary, National Council of Churches
- Tim Wagner, Commissioner, Nebraska
Department of Insurance
- Dan Lashof, Climate Center Science
Director, Natural Resources Defense Council
- John Hansen, President, Nebraska
I commend those who put together the
panel - but it needed a stronger call to specific actions for those who
attended. In brief, it asked everyone to get involved with spreading
the message that now is the time to act.
What to do with those who want to argue?
I agree with the folks at World Changing who suggest that it's time
to put up the reference page for denialists.
So for those of you who can - enjoy
the movie. But to everyone, send your best reference links to WorldChanging
and in the future simply point those who squawk to the soon-to-be-built
reference page as an FAQ page, or as a RTFM (Read the Friggin' Manual)
hand-off. You and I shouldn't get bogged down with the stalling
tactic discussions. The next action steps are steps that you and
I know so much about - how to conserve resources and prevent pollution.
The next steps to be taken will be taken by many menmbers of the
public who want to act but don't know quite how to do so.