Ireland – waking up in 2014 perhaps?

Following on from my posts detailing RTE’s apparent lack of engagement with Climate Change, Prime Time, one of Ireland’s foremost current affairs programmes covered it on Tuesday March 18th.

Watching Prime Time last Tuesday felt similar to watching Obama’s speech last summer – I was happy with the acknowledgement. It started with clarification that the entire panel accepted climate science which was good to see. It didn’t really clear up at what level they were at but it was a good base for people watching who may be in the total denial camp.

I did get a little cheeky and set up another facebook event to accompany my blog. This time to Educate RTE’s Prime Time Team on Climate Change. I may never know if it had any impact on their eventual format and presentation for the night. Maybe it did – perhaps knowing what’s taught in schools may have helped a little to ensure that even the basics were accepted. It’s never any harm to revisit education and see what has moved on. We are never too old to learn.

On that note I leave you with the following document from The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) which is the world’s largest non-government general science membership organization and the executive publisher of Science, a leading scientific journal.

WHAT WE KNOW: THE REALITY, RISKS AND RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

and their associated “What We Know” website

Perhaps if we spend a little time self educating and pondering the challenges we can put our heads together and act in 2014

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Theresa O’Donohoe March 20th 2014

 


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