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Having Fun With Climate Change -- A Multimedia Overview

Published Apr 22nd 2008, 7:39pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

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Climate change, global warming, ice shelf breaking, ocean current stopping. Climate change can be depressing and scary. It invokes fear, especially with children, who may feel their future is threatened yet feel powerless. It also makes for some contentious dinner discussion. I have been through all that.

So today, I'd rather focus on some fun climate change multimedia. They are no less educational, but they get the message across with a dose of laughter and are engaging. Don't get me wrong -- climate change is nothing to laugh about... but some levity can help diffuse the tension when you need to convince a skeptic about climate change, or just simply take a break from all the gloom and doom. Check these out...

1. Happy Feet (DVD)
Happy_feet This Oscar-winning animation is about a penguin named Mumble who can't sing, but can dance up a storm. Amidst all cool music that Mumble and his friends sing and dance to is an environmental message that doesn't weigh you down. While not the main storyline, it talks eloquently about global warming, overfishing, and the dangers of oil spills, and their impact on penguin habitat at the south pole, from the penguins point of view!

2. Wombat "All-in-one" (30-sec web clip)
This is quite entertaining and to the point. Guaranteed to inject some energy (and possibly even laughter) during serious presentation. The wombat talks about climate change.

3. Blue Man Group on Global Warming (web video)
This off-Broadway group presents a very funny take on the topic.

4. Jack Black on Global Warming (web video)
From TBS "Earth to America", this is a FUNNY clip where a group of kids met a group of executives negotiating climate change.

5. Spongebob Squarepants on Global Warming (web video)
A cool cartoon from the kids favorite show -- Spongeboob Squarepants. It explores using simple kid-friendly logic, the cause and effect of climate change.

6. Will Ferrel does George Bush, talking about global warming (web video)
A hilarious take on how George Bush would explain global warming... This one was also on TBS "Earth to America".

7. Polar bears (web video)
The image of polar bear on the Time Magazine cover a year ago was truly heart-breaking. Here's a less heart-breaking look at why polar bears are suffering.

8. An Inconvenient Truth (2:30 web trailer)
Inconvenienttruth_2 If you haven't seen this, then you are way way behind in this debate. Generally, watching this DVD is seen as a prerequisite for arguing for or against global warming. This documentary won Al Gore the Nobel Prize, and created a tipping point in American public consciousness on climate change urgency. While it does not qualify as upbeat, I feel compelled to include this granddaddy of effective climate change multimedia. Tip from my own experience: Long movie, don't screen after a heavy meal...

9. Global Warming Cartoons from Cagle.com
High-quality cartoons on the topic from professional cartoonists. I love this so much I subscribed to it.

10. A wishful look back (web video)
And last, but not least, a mockfuture news cast about how global warming and the energy crisis were averted, starting from actions taken 2005. They say, envision the future. This is good...

Additional resources would be appreciated. Please reply to this blog post with suggestions.

Extrazoom Marn-Yee Lee
Contributing Editor
AskPatty.com

Marn-Yee Lee is pursuing an MBA in Sustainability at the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. After spending a decade in I.T. and on Wall Street, she is now pursuing her passion for the environment. She sees business as a partner for creating innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues. In her spare time, she writes a blog to inspire others to consider the impact of their daily lives on the environment at busythinking.blogspot.com.

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