Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Global Warming The Signs and the Science|
Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: Pbs Release Date: 05/19/2009
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Noemi Kopp-Tanaka | Chicago, IL USA | 03/08/2007
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"I am a K-12 school librarian and am launching an awareness project about the environment, with global warming as a key topic. I needed a documentary about global warming for secondary level students.
I had proposed that all teachers watch "An inconvenient Truth" for their own information, and was confronted with one typical negative reaction: "Al Gore has an agenda, this is politics in school and I will not admit that. I want scientific, objective information". Although I do not agree with this reaction at all, I thought that I might as well look for something else, since I think that "An Inconvenient Truth" is not the ideal first step to raise awareness among the younger students. And there I ordered the PBS "Global Warming" documentary. Alanis Morissette is a very articulate speaker, clear and convincing. The construction and contents of the film, with very interesting interviews with diverse scientists give an excellent overview of the issue.
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Global Warming:The Signs and the Science
Karen Orrell | McAllen, TX USA | 11/10/2006
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"Complete overview of the challenges facing our planet! Wonderful complement to our ecology class. Karen Orrell"
The scientific community vs. the fossil fuel industry's PR
Preston C. Enright | Denver, CO United States | 02/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As I write this review, Australia is experiencing a massive, lethal fire which is raging on the fuel of its worst drought in a century. Here in Colorado, we've had a couple winter wildfires, one of which forced the evacuation of former FEMA director, Michael Brown. The majority of the scientific community, around 80 percent, feels global warming is taking place and human (fossil fuel industry) activity is the cause. This film takes us on a global tour of the dynamics, disasters, and possible responses to a changing climate. If only the voices in this film had the sort of platform as those who seek to muddle the issue. Hour after hour on right-wing talk radio stations a parade of oil funded "skeptics" argue in ways that Exxon and Peabody coal must appreciate. While I hope the skeptics are right, and we shouldn't be worried (an argument that has shifted to "there's nothing we can do about it", which is more fossil fuel business propaganda); the responsible thing to do would be to take precautions regarding what the CIA considers an international security threat. For example, former CIA director James Woolsey talks about climate change threats in the documentary A Crude Awakening - The Oil Crash.
Additionally, a Wikipedia entry on "Scientific Opinion on Climate Change" reveals how many scientific organizations (not just Al Gore) argue that we are creating a catastrophe. These organizations include the IPCC, the InterAcademy Council, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the European Science Foundation, the National Research Council, the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (the film features a segment on the spread of diseases from climate change), the American Society for Microbiology, the American Geophysical Union, and many others. Sadly, the money and media influence of Big Oil and Big Coal and the endless deception of people like Sean Hannity are perverting what should be a serious discussion Everything's Cool.
I would highly recommend this DVD, it's a well-crafted and very informative film. Other media tools I'd recommend are:
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Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
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Global Warming Gospel According to Hybrids
Cora L. Baucom | Albany, Georgia | 05/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My sophomores and I watched this as one of three films about global warming in the process of learning persuasion. They immediately recognized the sponsors of the program as hybrid car manufacturers, and one supporter is a financial planning and investment group who would benefit from new programs designed to build anti-global warming equipment (which, of course uses energy). One of the solution demonstrations included a police department in Florida driving hybrid cars (manufactured by the sponsor) and being thrilled with them. As presented in this video, global warming is unquestionably human created with no option but to buy Toyota cars and build strange looking monolyths all over the planet to neutralize the CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere. The presentation of scientific evidence is interesting and allows students to exercise some of what they have been exposed to in science classes. I bought this documentary to use as part of a high school English research lesson I taught. The idea was to see both liberal and conservative sides of the issue. I am amazed that so many documentaries and news programs take the stance that every scientist agrees that the problem is human caused. If you want to see the other side of the coin or consider what difference it really might NOT make, google the concept of "global warming hoax" or "climate change hoax" and find Bjorn Lomborg on the internet. Balance is always the hardest part of life to achieve, and this is one issue that has little balance in logic."