Ask Them to Reconsider
By Cassandra D
From the Washington Post: (via Crooks and Liars)
"At hundreds of screenings this year of An Inconvenient Truth, the first thing many viewers said after the lights came up was that every student in every school in the United States needed to see this movie.
"The producers of former vice president Al Gore's film about global warming, myself included, certainly agreed. So the company that made the documentary decided to offer 50,000 free DVDs to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for educators to use in their classrooms. It seemed like a no-brainer.
"The teachers had a different idea: Thanks but no thanks, they said.
"In their e-mail rejection, they expressed concern that other "special interests" might ask to distribute materials, too; they said they didn't want to offer "political" endorsement of the film; and they saw "little, if any, benefit to NSTA or its members" in accepting the free DVDs.
"Gore, however, is not running for office, and the film's theatrical run is long since over. As for classroom benefits, the movie has been enthusiastically endorsed by leading climate scientists worldwide, and is required viewing for all students in Norway and Sweden.
"Still, maybe the NSTA just being extra cautious. But there was one more curious argument in the e-mail: Accepting the DVDs, they wrote, would place "unnecessary risk upon the [NSTA] capital campaign, especially certain targeted supporters." One of those supporters, it turns out, is the Exxon Mobil Corp."
Even the oil and gas industry is coming to terms with the new political reality: the debate over global warming is over and it is past time to address the problem.
So contact the National Science Teacher's Association and ask them to reconsider their decision. An Inconvenient Truth explained global warming to me far better than anything else I have ever seen or read. It's time our children learned the nature of the problem we all face. We won't find a solution without them.