An early slide in what may be the first lesson has this in a prominent bullet-point:
'How can we alter our lives?' [at time 02m:10s]
Teacher decides in favour of 'steering away from the science ideas', which seems like a good tactic, given that some of the most penetrating attacks on climate alarmism are coming from scientists.
Pupils who say the right things about various self- and other-denials, get rewarded with 'Excellent! Brilliant!', which is a bit much since they are merely doing as they have been told.
The Communicator promotes 'Carbon calculators' as the weapon of choice to get the class engaged in assessing their own lives, those of their parents, as well as of a celebrity and a teacher in their school. And the movie switches to them doing just that, picking out an outstanding sportsman, David Beckham, as a figure to somehow compute a carbon footprint for, and for it to be seen as a bad thing rather than a symptom, as I would see it, of his great success. A bit like Al Gore's footprint, which for some reason did not get a mention.
People in the USA are singled out, not so much to celebrate diversity, but to note without challenge a pupil's assertion that they are 'big and drive about a lot'! The USA, spenders of more money on overseas aid, on climate research, on new technologies, on the United Nations, than any other country is reduced to a stereotype.
The Professor: 'why has it been allowed to happen?' (Hinting at some authority, possibly a deity, who allows this and forbids that? Surely not!) Why did it allow 'the possibility of ....global catastrophe' [at 10:11] Switch to big smile of delight by the The Communicator [at 10:12]) - you could almost see the cash-register sparkling in his eyes at that magic word 'catastrophe'.
|If I close my eyes, I can picture our balance sheet...|
Towards the end, the clear hijacking of 'climate change' as a cloak to smuggle in 'sustainable development' is revealed. But what, you may ask, is the cloak of 'sustainable development' smuggling in? A Trojan horse for more government control perhaps, including some kind of supranational version? (please excuse my mixing of metaphors in one short paragraph!)
The Communicator: '..we can turn kids into a whole bundle of little climate activists..'[at: 12:53-59]).
The Teacher: 'we have a moral duty to teach this'. Your morality may well differ from mine, but that's diversity for you.
Overall, a dismal story. ( for more 'dismal' on geography teaching in the UK: http://climatelessons.blogspot.com/2011/02/rotting-from-top-government.html )
".. that people, not nature, are the real miracle of life. "I've decided that the stars are rubbish. ... The stars are God's mistakes. We are the miracle. Life. Human intelligence. Human innovation, creativity, invention. That is why, every night, the stars gaze down on us in awe."
Now to develop that idea would be radical. And would seriously challange the establishment view that we must worship nature and hang on the every word of 'environmentalists', apparently in direct proportion to the level of alarm they can muster. Why not just teach children about climate, how varied it has been in the past, and how it will no doubt continue to vary in the future? On the way, explaining how industrial and agricultural progress is helping more and more people to reduce their vulnerability to weather events and to climate variation. To give more emphasis to climate science, another version of our remake could choose the professor from a long list of good candidates, such as Lindzen, Spencer, Carter, and many others of that noble ilk. And the communicator chosen from Monckton, Nova, Delingpole, Montford, and many others of that also noble ilk. It might be harder to find 'The Teacher' though, as I guess they are liable to get fired or demonised if they step aside from the establishment line on climate. But somewhere, surely, in private schools at least there are many who could fit the part? Or perhaps the teacher could be shown in silhouette, with a dubbed voice, to protect his or her identity. That picture would, by itself, be educational.
Note added 04 May 2012: My original link to the video above no longer works and has now been removed. A possibly later (October 2011) version of the video is available here: http://www.prometheanplanet.com/en-us/Resources/Item/105435/ks3-4-geography-teaching-climate-change#.T6PPlFKM58F