Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Dose of "Truth" for Every Canadian High School

Update: Members of the public can contribute directly to the campaign with their financial contribution. Visit the Conscious Earth post here, or the Learning Climate Education Society for information on donating online, or mailing your cheque.

Calling An Inconvenient Truth a "life altering event", Vancouver businessman Will Cole-Hamilton has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for the distribution of the global warming documentary to every high school in Canada.

Through their recently founded Learning Climate Educational Society, Cole-Hamilton and his partners have already raised $10,000 of the $50,000 they need, and they are also working on an educational package to accompany the film.

"Young people are going to be dealing with the opportunities and the challenges of climate change for the rest of their lives. And I think that a film that can give them a clear and comprehensible introduction to the scope and shape of that challenge is something that they need as they head forward."

Their efforts have so far been welcomed, which is in stark contrast to the situation in the United States. Four months ago, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) created an uproar when they refused 50,000 free copies of the DVD. It was later revealed that Exxon-Mobil is among the NSTA's funders.

Though better than the efforts made down south, Canada still lags noticeably behind the world leaders. In Britain, the government is distributing the movie to every secondary school in the nation, and it is required viewing for all students in Norway and Sweden.

However, provided the initiative isn't derailed by irrational parents (as was the case in Washington State) Canada's students, and the education system, stand to be the better for Cole-Hamilton's efforts.

If anyone has information regarding how the public can support this fundraising drive, email me at odiyya@fastmail.fm


kitimat said...

This is a great story. It's encouraging to hear of such grassroots attempts to foster change.
Sat, April 14th at the Vancouver Art gallery 11am - 2pm The Vancouver "Step It Up" rally will be held to encourage government to implement aggressive climate change targets. This is a great opportunity
to emphasize the urgent need for action.

Manuel said...

I'm all for every student seeing this documentry, but I'm worried it will be displayed as nothing but fact by many teachers, instead of theory as science is supposed to be. I was lucky to have a teacher who showed us both arguements and often made us debate in class over which argument was grounded further in fact. Often putting those he knew believed a ceartin viewpoint on the opposing side.

Anonymous said...

Great story and an excellent example of an individual’s commitment to affecting change! I’m sure that the kids who see the film will be inspired to do their part.
On a related note, you might be interested in a great short film called Water Detectives. It’s about kids in Matamoros, Mexico who become “water detectives” in order to teach conservation to their community. It's got a great sense of humour and it shares a very important message. You can see it at: http://citizen.nfb.ca/onf/info?aid=9142&eid=24127&atid=21

Halcyonica said...

It's wonderful to hear about things like this. Films like 'An Inconvenient Truth' should be seen by everyone. Lately, I've also been very impressed by the Planet Earth DVD series that has come out. Videos like these build awareness and appreciation for our planet and should certainly be widely distributed.