UN’s Ban Ki Moon seeks Climate Change Blockbuster
The UN is becoming increasingly desperate at their failure to convince the “man in the street” about global warming, particularly since the weather is refusing to co-operate over the last few years. They are now seeking to enroll the entertainment industry into their propaganda war and Ban Ki Moon breezed into Hollywood this week to meet writers, directors and producers. The taxpayer of course pays for all these junkets via national contributions to the UN.
By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times February 27, 2011
“Ban Ki-moon, the normally buttoned-up Secretary General of the United Nations, swept into Los Angeles during Oscar week playing the role of Hollywood pitchman. His message: Make global warming a hot issue.
“I need your support,” he told entertainment industry insiders during a daylong forum Tuesday that focused on recent heat waves, floods, fires and drought, which scientists link to human-induced climate change.
“Animate these stories!” Ban pleaded. “Set them to music! Give them life! Together we can have a blockbuster impact on the world.”
If the pitch sounds a tad desperate, it’s not surprising. In recent years, public concern over climate change has plummeted in the polls, U.N. efforts to craft a new global climate treaty have been unsuccessful, and Congress has rejected federal legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.N. has long courted such celebrities as Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie to be “goodwill ambassadors” for peacekeeping and anti-poverty efforts, but reaching out to writers, directors and producers to incorporate climate change issues in movies, television and social media is new.”
Global warming films thus far have had mixed appeal. The apocalyptic 2004 “The Day After Tomorrow” flopped, but Al Gore’s 2006 “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Oscar.
In 2008, the animated hit “Wall-E,” and last year, “Avatar,” both with save-the-planet plots, sparked new interest in environmental themes.
About 400 writers, directors, producers, agents and network executives attended the outreach events: a series of panels at the Hammer Museum, moderated by Larry King; a lunch for selected bigwigs; tete-a-tete meetings between high-powered industry players and top U.N. officials; and a star-studded dinner where Ban was introduced by Charlize Theron, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took a turn playing the drums.
Some participants had climate-themed projects in tow. Actor Djimon Hounsou said he was developing a film relating climate change in an African village to New Orleans’ Hurricane Katrina. Director James Brooke touted his upcoming documentary on Africa’s Lake Victoria, which he called “one of the planet’s early warning points, like the Arctic and the Amazon.”
To coordinate with Hollywood, the U.N. has set up an office, the “Creative Community Outreach Initiative” in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, funded by media mogul Ted Turner. Past projects include an episode of “The Flying Chef” filmed at U.N. headquarters and featuring dishes from seven countries; an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” dealing with children and armed conflict; an episode of “Ugly Betty” highlighting the use of mosquito nets to prevent malaria; and the hosting of the world premiere of the Disney film “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure.”
The climate effort, managed by the same office, has broader ambitions. “You have power and influence to send to millions and billions of people around world,” Ban told his Los Angeles audience. “To make planet Earth environmentally sustainable is a political and moral imperative.”
Also speaking on panels were Indian economist Rajendra Pachauri ? chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group of some 2,500 scientists who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for assessing the effects of greenhouse gases ? and Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres, who led global treaty negotiations in Cancun as the head of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“There’s a huge gap between what governments can do, given political constraints, and what they should do,” Figueres told Hollywood executives. “That’s where you come in. … We need you to make it sexy and cool to bring about the energy revolution that has to happen.”
King asked Pachauri if he had a “sexy story we could make into a film.”
What a hoot, it seems King didn’t know about Pachauri’s steamy novel, A Return to Almora, apparently written while flying the world on UN and personal business and building up one of the biggest carbon footprints on the planet.
It may be that Ban Ki Moon will get his Blockbuster in the form of a massive snowstorm predicted for the Oscar ceremony: Hollywood sign could be covered in snow for first time in over 50 years – just in time for Sunday’s Oscars.
“The A-list movie stars waltzing up the red carpet at the Oscars this weekend will need to wrap up warm as temperatures plummet in Los Angeles.
And there is even a chance the iconic Hollywood sign which towers over Tinseltown could be covered in snow on Sunday.
The last time the southern California metropolis ? with average February temperatures of nearly 60F ? encountered snow was way back in 1954 when a third of an inch fell. Today temperatures were a mere 44F.
But forecasters are predicting up to seven inches could coat the 45-foot tall letters as the blizzard which started in Washington state and Oregon continues its assault on California.
Snow is already predicted for downtown San Francisco ? itself a stranger to snow for 25 years ? after the surrounding hills received a dusting over the weekend.”
Global Warming – Bring it on. Of course, if it does snow, we know what they will blame….human emissions of carbon dioxide, which are warming the planet. I wonder if they ever stop and think to themselves, “is there a disconnect here somewhere”?