No 279 Posted by fw, September 18, 2011
Climate guru Joe Romm of Think Progress (formerly Climate Progress) invited his readers to share their thoughts on Al Gore’s 24-hour around-the-world Climate Reality extravaganza in a post titled: Gore’s Climate Reality Finale — What Do You Think? Of the 48 respondents, 46 gave Al’s project thumbs up.
Here Joe’s Sept 17 post which includes an embedded link to Al’s finale in prime time on Sept. 15. Click here to view recorded versions of all 24 broadcasts —
I’m interested in your thoughts on Gore’s final presentation in “24 Hours of Reality.” For those who missed it, click here to view it.
I do think it is important to judge this as a communications effort aimed at three groups — activists, those who already are concerned about global warming and the plausibly persuadable — the audience I aim for, but obviously a broader slice of the public than Climate Progress reaches.
The “24 hour long event had 8.6 million views,” writes Maggie L. Fox, President & CEO of the Climate Reality Project, which I would count as success. Fox has more to say that is worth reading, including, “important actions you can take today.” [Too bad Maggie does not define what counts as a “view”. See below for details of my total count of 30,516 “live views”, whatever those are].
I am incredibly proud that so many people around the world participated, but it’s also important to remember the individual actions it represents. There are countless stories of impressive grassroots mobilization. A company in Tel Aviv hosted a watch party at their headquarters. A group of graduate students in Athens, Georgia rented out a popular local movie theater. People across the world joined hands to say: Climate change is real, it’s happening now and the time to act is now.
But this is just the beginning. There are important actions you can take today:
It is up to you to continue to stand up for reality and share the truth about the climate crisis. We will succeed because we must.
What do you think? As with your great comments on the overall telecast — and I’ll make sure Gore and his team see what you have to say. 48 comments (46 thumbs up)
GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER’S REVIEW
The Guardian newspaper weighed in with a less enthusiastic review of Gore’s project. Reporter Leo Hickman begins his Sept. 15 piece, this way:
“Death by Powerpoint. I have suffered this torture too many times over the years. We all probably have. So I was a little nervous this morning logging into Climate Reality – Al Gore’s 24-hour global-warming warning – as to what I might discover. And, I have to say, my heart immediately sank.”
To read the complete article, which includes access to 393 readers’ comments, click on the title, which probably gives away Hickman’s verdict — Is Al Gore now a help or hindrance to the global warming cause?
Could it be that climate change fatigue is setting in for the general viewing public as well as for citizen activists?
MY COUNT OF LIVE VIEWS
Here’s my count of the number of “live views” for each of the 24 broadcast locations, which totaled 30,516.
Hour Location Live views
1 Mexico City 5,094
2 Boulder 3,073
3 Victoria, BC 1,457
4 Kotzebue 560
5 Fr Polynesia 1,122
6 Hawaii 1,286
7 Tonga 596
8 Auckland 903
9 Solomon Is 527
10 Canberra 819
11 Seoul 373
12 Beijing 518
13 Jakarta 489
14 New Delhi 668
15 Islamabad 428
16 Dubai 659
17 Istanbul 566
18 Durban 396
19 London 1,483
20 Husavik 476
21 Cape Verde 605
22 Ilulissat 199
23 Rio de Janeiro 343
24 New York 7,876