When TV Was Actually Informative about Reality: Now "Reality TV" has little to do with "real reality." Some 60 years ago top TV shows included Omnibus, and Frank "Dr. Research" Baxter, along with Lucile Ball, Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason. Science was big news in the 50s and 60s, attracting film giants like Frank Capra (yes, that Academy Award winning Frank Capra) to produce four films for Bell Science Films featuring educator and science host Frank Baxter. Not only were these films informative but also prescient to today's climate crisis.
“Man may be unwittingly changing the world's climate through the waste products of his civilization,” intoned Dr. Research. “Due to our release through factories and automobiles every year of more than 6 billion tons of carbon dioxide, which helps air absorb heat from the sun, our atmosphere seems to be getting warmer."
Pope Francis to Explore Climate Effects on The World's Poor: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon brought all of his U.N. program leaders to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. These two global institutions are showing their muscle on a topic that they both believe threaten their greatest interest, the welfare of life on planet Earth; and, a sustainable and prosperous future. Pope Francis expressed Papal concern that degradation was already impacting the poor. On June 18th, 2015, Pope Francis delivered a Papal encyclical teaching the impacts of climate change upon the world's poor. This is thought to be a major milestone, placing the Vatican at the forefront of a new coalition between the church and science. Pope Francis holds a Master's degree in Chemistry, and is the first Jesuit Pope. The Jesuits emphasize missionary work and education.
The Blue Marble Report goes To Mt. Si High School (no link):
The Editor of the BMR has been the keynote presenter on Earth Day at Mt. Si High School for the past seven years. The entire Junior and Senior student body take their regular science period to participate in a discussion of climate change and sustainability. This year the focus was on "Planetary Boundaries." Students were more receptive than ever thanks to thorough preparation by Andrew Rapin who heads up the Science Department. Students wanted to know how they could get involved in getting the message out. Climate Change is already happening. Students wanted older generations to pay attention and realize they and future generations will bear the brunt of their cynicism and inaction to prevent permanent and irreparable damage to the planet. The window of opportunity is nearly shut. The photo (left) shows the first of 6 classes held throughout the annual Earth Day event.
Photo credit: Doug Smith