Written By: - Date published: 12:35 pm, November 6th, 2018 - 55 comments
Categories: activism, climate change, Environment, global warming, International, journalism, Media, politicans, Politics, science - Tags: action, journalists, Media, politicians
Unlike the civil disobedience of Extinction Rebel that Micky posted on last week, EndClimateSilence (as reported by The Canary) is more about forcing a change in the narrative around global warming from the comfort of wherever you happen to be.
It’s an initiative coming out from the US, that in the first place is simply seeking to help politicians and media outlets enunciate or spell the words “global warming” and “climate change”. Aside from bombarding journalists for arsehole reporting, they boost journalists who make the explicit links between extreme weather events, climate change and CO2 emissions.
As their “about” page puts it
EndClimateSilence.org is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping the media link stories about climate-change impacts to climate change itself. Mobilizing through digital activism, we focus on all media platforms —from television networks to print outlets to online content providers to radio programs. We are motivated by the awareness that climate change poses a grave danger to humanity and we must transition from fossil fuels to safe energy immediately in order to preserve a planet that supports civilization. We see that climate change has begun to hurt people, and it’s the media’s job to report on that fact.
And that’s cool. If you’re on twitter you can throw your own digital encouragement into the mix, because this is how woeful acknowledgement of global warming is, at least across some US TV outlets. (The full report can be downloaded here)
They also hope to bolster the bridge of communication between the scientific community and media – a chasm that badly needs to be bridged far better than it currently is.
And they’re also looking to engage in what might be called “outreach” by way of engaging with schools and colleges. I like that bit. There’s a famous quote about “Give me a child…” that I can’t quite remember, and that I’ve no doubt someone will complete. (Is it from the Jesuits?) Anyway…
Just before posting, a thought struck me. We’ve probably all seen that Fawlty Towers sketch “Don’t Mention the War”, yes? (It’s behind the link if you haven’t) Can you imagine that attitude of ‘proper silence’ prevailing between ’39 and ’45? No. Neither can I. So what’s with this nonsense that we’re forever skirting around climate change and global warming?
The garbage reporting is beautifully illustrated by this woeful 13min and 45sec report by Ben Noll and Chris Brandolino on the stuff website presenting NIWA’s “Climate Outlook”. Not a single mention of climate change or global warming in any of it (H/T Ed)