According to Treehugger Michael Jackson’s Earth Song music video is:
indisputably the most popular green-themed tune ever. It remains Jackson’s best-selling single in the U.K. (yes, bigger than “Thriller” or “Billie Jean”), and beat out the Beatles’ first single in 25 years for the top spot on the British charts. But it, and it’s wild video, barely registered in the U.S. …
Well, I’ve certainly heard of Billie Jean and Thriller — and watched them, but I’ve never heard of this one. It’s worth seeing though.
With its themes of drought, over-fishing, deforestation, pollution and war, the song and video speaks as loudly today as it did in 1996. …
Notably absent however was what has become the most talked-about environmental issue: climate change. …
At the time, climate change was still a relative seedling of an ecological crisis …
The amazing music video … was also pretty carbon-intensive: it was filmed in the Amazon rain forest, Croatia, Tanzania, and Warwick, New York, where a safe forest fire was simulated in a corn field.
And speaking of Climate Change … can we please agree on calling it that, rather than Global Warming.
I heard a few moments of The Panel radio show on National Radio the other day. It plays between 4 and 6 pm on weekday afternoons and commonly features guests chatting and opining about things they don’t understand and don’t know anything about.
On this particular moment I heard one chap dismissing the whole notion of Global Warming for two reasons:
- Some glacier somewhere in the world is getting bigger, rather than smaller like most of the others.
- Weather forecasters are often wrong in their predictions.
I don’t actually know who this ignorant twerp was, but I think he was the mayor of some town.
For one thing weather is different from climate:
Weather refers, generally, to day-to-day temperature and precipitation activity, whereas climate is the term for the average atmospheric conditions over longer periods of time.
For another: scientists have strong evidence for the climate changing. That change is evidenced by varying conditions in different parts of the planet: some parts are becoming hotter, while others are growing cooler. And all kinds of other shifts and changes are occurring too.
Calling the whole complex package of changes Global Warming is just plain silly.