Thursday, 6 September 2007

BBC pulls plug on ‘Planet Relief’ climate change TV special

The BBC have thankfully decided to abandon plans for a ‘Planet Relief’ climate change TV special. It was supposed to be an environmental equivalent to Live8.

The most likely reason it has been pulled is that viewers, both in the UK and abroad, seem to be taking a sharp dislike being lectured to and preached at by holier than though TV personalities. That is now thought to be the primary reason that July's Live Earth concert ratings ‘bombed’.

Climate activists such as Mark Lynas predictably attacked the decision. He said, "This decision shows a real poverty of understanding among senior BBC executives about the gravity of the situation we face,", thus demonstrating a certain puritanical poverty of understanding on his own part about viewing figures.

Audiences are not keen on being preached at by ‘believers’. They apparently prefer a documentary format, that at least pays lip service to the idea of scientific accuracy and objectivity.

One of the gimmicks the Planet Relief promoters were planning was to try to organise viewers to take part in a short mass ‘switch-off’ of electrical equipment, so they could say how much carbon had been saved.

It seems, if they had, then the item of electrical equipment most likely to have been switched off would have been the TV…

2 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I aqree. I am fed-up with being lectured, particularly on this issue.

Phil A said...

Welshcakes, Yes. I find the earnest, self-congratulatory, ‘pop stars can save’…anything, thing grates on my nerves a bit. Especially when it is TV Tax (licence) paying for it

Re climate change. It clearly exists naturally and has probably been going on since Earth had recognisable weather. I find it difficult to see how the ending of the last ice age, for instance, can have been caused by people in any way.

So we know it can occur naturally and does not require human intervention to actually account for it.

I still didn’t question the anthropocentric hypothesis too closely until I noticed how those who support it tend to treat it more like a religion than a hypothesis also there is their clear vested career and financial interest in it. Some of their figures and tactics seem pretty dubious too.

A lot of Environmentalists in common with the more extreme animal rights fringe seem to actively hate humanity and it would appear their ideal is nothing less than a world population reduced to only a few percent of the current one, living in stone, or iron age conditions, presumably with them in charge to protect the Earth.

As for the likes of Gore…