I watched BBC One’s Climate Change – The Facts, narrated by David Attenborough. A pity about the title, as it’s the same as a book with authors that include Anthony Watts, Nigel Lawson and James Delingpole, but I thought it was pretty good. There was a good range of researchers and commentators who were interviewed and who presented pretty clear explanations about what’s happening and what we can expect. I probably don’t need to summarise as most of my readers probably know what they would have presented. It also ended with a positive message that it’s not too late to act, and presented some things that we could do; transform our energy infrastructure, fly less, eat less meat, eat local, etc.
The thing I found interesting, though, is that it seemed to essentially follow the deficit model. The goal was clearly to present information to convince people that this is a threat we need to face. David Attenborough explicitly said if we better understand the threat we face, the more likely it is that we can avoid such a catastrophic future. Yes, there were emotive images, and a positive message, but the key underlying idea was clearly to present information about anthropogenically-driven climate change and what could happen if we don’t act soon.
Anyway, I thought it was a good programme, and it’s good to see it being presented on the BBC and it getting so much coverage and attention. I’m now watching Age of Stupid, which came out in 2009, and is now starting to seem somewhat prophetic, although we don’t seem to yet have taken much notice.