The Baby Boomer generation seems content to keep the current fossil fuel economy in place for as long as they can, sucking every last drop of money from the system before the environment as well as the global economy collapses under the weight of their greed.
But the younger generations being forced to grow up in a world where toxic groundwater pollution, mass extinction, atmospheric imbalances, acidifying oceans, melting glaciers and polar ice, disrupted ocean circulation, frequent floods and droughts, terrifyingly intense storms, and global resource wars are all the norm are beginning to push back a bit against against the established ‘old folks’.
In an effort the bring attention to relevant energy issues and climate change two new videos have surfaced, and give the distinct impression that the ‘debate’ over energy policy and climate change is shifting with the generations.
The first is called “My Water’s on Fire Tonight” (What the frack is going on?), and it was created by students from New York University in conjunction with ProPuclica in an effort to bring attention to the potential dangers of hydraulic fracturing, a process that is currently being expanded across the U.S. and around the world.
The students of New York University’s Studio 20, a journalism course that focuses on blending reporting with new media, collaborated with the investigative unit ProPublica to create a new kind of explainer to introduce the public to ProPublica’s three-year investigation on hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – and the potential dangers it poses to communities’ drinking water supply. [PBS]
The second video “I’m a Climate Fu@k!ng Scientist” was created by an Australian comedian and was first aired on the Hungry Beast in an attempt to pushback against those in the media who preface their climate denial claims by saying they are not climate scientists.
Jason Evans, one of the featured rhyming professors, concurs: “Most of the people talking about climate change in the media actually know little about it (often happily admitting they are not climate scientists). Yet their opinions are given at least as much, if not more, weight than that of actual climate scientists. I can’t think of another branch of science where this is true.” After one particularly atrocious radio debate show about climate change for which no climate scientists were present, Ilic decided the best solution was to introduce the real climate scientists and let them have their say. And then he asked them to rap. [FastCo]
Not only are these kinds of music videos about energy issues and climate change densely packed with relevant information, they are catchy and highly entertaining to watch. All I can say is… more please!