Q. Does anybody know what to do with old batteries? A. I hear that batteries, of the last few years, are disposable.
Watch below, the first part (apprx. 9 minutes) of a mini-series on the global warming crisis as told by PBS’s Frontline reporters.
In the first chapter Friedman sets the stage. Here is the flagship section of the chapter: “I am convinced that the best way for America to solve its big problem -the best way for America to get its “grove” back- is for us to take the lead in solving the world’s big problem. In a world that is getting hot, flat, and crowded, the task of creating the tools, systems, energy sources, and ethics that will allow the planet to grow in cleaner, more sustainable ways is going to be the biggest challenge of our lifetime.” p.6
He goes on from their to finish the chapter describing what he says are three trends; two that trouble him, one that gives him hope. The first trend is about a walling up of our lives and an emotional disconnect. He uses recent changes in Foreign Embassy procedures, but just as easily could have sited the dramatic increase in gated communities.
From there, the discussion focuses on the second trend – what he says is a sentiment among many Americans who unabashedly claim, we can be “dumb as we wanna be”. I read in this an implied “my choice is my choice, and I don’t have any reason to be respectful or even listen to you. Leave me alone, I”m busy doing whatever-the-hell I want to do.” This, thankful ends, and the book focuses on the hopeful trend.
Ultimately, Friedman points to the idealism and the energy and enthusiasm of people who are innovating and learning/creating new ways to live smartly and with conscience. Some of what I hear Friedman talking about in this section I see in the rise of interest and enthusiasm surrounding social media.
Please watch PBS’s special (listed locally for 9pm Tuesday, October 21, 2008) HEAT.
If you don’t already rave over the documentaries Frontline brings watch HEAT. If you just woke from a comma, or are from another planet you might not know that Frontline along with PBS consistently produce and publish quality material that can and should launch public policy debate at your town center.
Here is a snippet from the groups’ press release:
HEAT Tuesday, October 21, 2008, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS
Melting glaciers, rising sea levels, fires, floods and droughts. On the eve of a historic election, award-winning producer and correspondent Martin Smith investigates how the world’s largest corporations and governments are responding to Earth’s looming environmental disaster. HEAT , part of “PBS Vote 2008” election coverage, confronts the defining story of our time in a two-hour FRONTLINE investigation airing Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, from 9 to 11 P.M. ET on PBS (check local listings).
“I have reported on the Cold War, the breakup of the Soviet Union, the rise of Al Qaeda, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Smith. “But nothing matches climate change in scope and severity.”
The world needs to dramatically cut the carbon emissions responsible for wreaking havoc on the planet’s climate, according to Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, whose organization, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), shared last year’s Nobel Peace Prize. “If we don’t take action immediately, we face a crisis,” Pachauri tells Smith. “Climate change is caused by human actions, and we need to do something about it. The sooner we realize that, the better.”
I just found the most hilarious thing I am likely to come across today; and I want to share it with you. There’s really not enough humor in this world.