Thursday, October 26, 2006

Website of the Week: Global Cool

I have browsed past this site a couple of times recently, today i stopped off for some closer inspection and i liked what i saw. Two main elements:

1. An interesting climate change blog with a uk empahsis and plenty of interesting articles, its not dooms day focused its future focused.

2. A facinating and encouraging 10 year vision for public engagement on climate change with no holding back on how they are going to do this, celebreties are going to be put to good use helping to create political pressure for action. Please drop by and have a look.

Website of the week link here.



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2 Comments:

At 12:38 AM, Blogger Mojave33 said...

Use of celebrities is a big mistake, imho. They're not scientists, you can't take them seriously, even if they are backed by scientists, and they always put a political spin on what they promote. There is no avoiding that - celebrities are bent on politicizing every issue they touch. I personally ignore anything actors and musicians have to say on important topics.

Instead, there are thousands of blogs available on the subject of climate change, pro and con, by scientists and other concerned groups, which give you a chance to see both sides, see the facts, see the solutions, and make up your own mind about what needs to be done.

 
At 12:50 AM, Blogger Calvin Jones said...

Use of celebrities is a big mistake, imho.
[I disagree with this, it depends on what you are trying to do, in the uk most people know the problem they just need to know that they can act and celebraties can get this message to more people, scientists find it hard to get media coverage]


They're not scientists, you can't take them seriously, even if they are backed by scientists, and they always put a political spin on what they promote.
[when pushing for action there is no reason not to take on the ones standing in the way of this, also i think celebrities are like other peopl i.e diverse and not easily charachtersised]

There is no avoiding that - celebrities are bent on politicizing every issue they touch. I personally ignore anything actors and musicians have to say on important topics.
[people always say this and all marketers will tell you its utter crap! people think they are invulnerable but celebrities can create strong asperational sentiemtns, combining celebrity and social causes can work very well]


Instead, there are thousands of blogs available on the subject of climate change, pro and con, by scientists and other concerned groups, which give you a chance to see both sides, see the facts, see the solutions, and make up your own mind about what needs to be done.

[there are indeed thousands of blogs for people searching for climate change, but we need outreach!]

I see where you are coming from but i think you are closer to an ideal world than the real world. I think that in this situation where we are trying to mainstream climate change and empower people we need a variety of approaches...lets face it we live in a celebrity obsessed world and this approach is therefore an important contribution to progresing the issue.

 

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