I want this Page to become an annotated guide to relevant locations on the internet. The sites often seek to enrol children into some kind of political activity from pressurising their parents to engaging with politicians. Some provide links to energy companies selling 'green power'.
Update 23/10/10: Dave W. has been putting together information on some of the sites, and his work is included in the Further Information section at the end. I hope to find a less cumbersome way of storing/retrieving this information, but in the meantime this 'Page' will have to do.
This webpage contains many links relevant to education about climate change:
I found several dead links, but there is a lot of material there that looks highly relevant.
This blogpost from 2009 has several links to sites or products aimed at children on climate:
(1) Funding for Such Sites?
I suspect the following are the main categories of funders:
(1.1) Government, local and national, i.e. taxpayers
1.1.1 The EU of course is a funder. Here is an example (posted 18 June 2013) of one such site:
(1.2) Trusts and charitable foundations e.g.
European Climate Foundation.
The Arcadia Fund
The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
The ClimateWorks Foundation
The McCall MacBain Foundation
The Oak Foundation
The Sea Change Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
(1.3) Commercial ventures, especially 'alternative energy' suppliers
1.3.1 Several of the sites below are funded by, or promote, 'alternative energy' companies. Their targeting of children also includes provision of teaching materials for schools, as this example from the States demonstrates in the case of solar power: http://www.freedompolitics.com/articles/solar-2801-crony-scandal.html
1.3.2 Energy giant EDF targets schools here under the guise of 'sustainability': http://www.jointhepod.org/
Update 13 June 2013. They are now collaborating with the UK Met Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/education/collaboration/edf
1.3.3 17 April 2012. Water utilities have also spotted an opportunity and are sending 'educators' into schools. These utilities in the UK are notoriously ineffective at conserving their supplies, not least through losses in ancient distribution systems. So, blaming it at least in part on 'climate change' has some appeal. Here is an extract from a piece in the Daily Telegraph :
'Children are told river and ground water levels are lower than they have ever been because of two dry winters in a row and the problem could get worse in future years because of climate change.
The volunteers, who range from mechanics to managers, tell children to "help to make sure there is enough water to last for essential use like drinking". If the drought gets worse households will be rationed and there could be standpipes in the street.
By 2020 the Government would like all schools to have minimised their carbon emissions and saving water is a key way they can do this.
The 95 volunteers from Thames Water have reached 4,000 schoolchildren so far and are also visiting community centres, Women’s Institute meetings and even businesses to explain simple water saving measures.
Most already have education programmes in schools and are expected to bring in a 'drought talks' as part of this to educate both children and parents.'
1.3.4 10 May 2012: Bayer is reported ( http://www.wakeup2thelies.com/2012/05/09/wind-turbine-blade-producer-is-sponsoring-the-carbonkids-science-program-in-australian-schools/ ) as collaborating in Australia with the child-scarers of CSIRO to provide resources under the CarbonKids initiative (listed below).
1.3.5 Planetsave. (USA) The purpose of this site seems to be the promotion of solar panels, but it looks like an environmental news site. Setting up such sites is so cheap that it scarcely needs any market research to decide about cost benefits: draw in the punters concerned about the environment, sell 'em a solar panel. Here is a report of a recent book describing just how bad solar panels are for the environment: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2906764/posts 'Solar cells do not offset greenhouse gases or curb fossil fuel use in the United States according to a new environmental book, Green Illusions (June 2012, University of Nebraska Press), written by University of California - Berkeley visiting scholar Ozzie Zehner. Green Illusions explains how the solar industry has grown to become one of the leading emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). These three potent greenhouse gases, used by solar cell fabricators, make carbon dioxide (CO2) seem harmless.'
1.3.6 British Gas - Green Defenders. The usual junk: http://www.generationgreen.co.uk/why-register-your-school-generation-green
(1.4) Funding not clear: This organisation for example: Global Kids, Inc. - 'the premier non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development - works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage. '
(1.5) Management Consultancies A large number of consultancies have sprung up or diversified to take advantage of opportunities to provide advice in the wake of alarm over climate change and the policies which it has spawned, notably in areas of 'de-carbonisation' of one kind or another. The clear vested interest in having such policies installed, applied, or extended does suggest that more widespread 'awareness' of the alarm is also attractive to them to help provide policy stability and an increased possibility of market expansion for their advice. Here is an example of a climate activist moving into one such consultancy, a manager of which is quite explicit about the business benefits when 'awareness of these issues increases':
The link you provide shows that his company thinks the poor chap is a Nobel Laureate:
'David was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change between 1993-2007.
They also are under the impression that his diversion of the British Council into promoting alarm about climate around the world was a good thing:
'In 2008 David was appointed global director at The British Council where he developed a ground breaking cultural relations strategy and programme that was delivered through 250 offices in 109 countries.'
Others take a different view of such initiatives, e.g. this writer on Biased-BBC describes them thusly:
'It means oodles more bureaucratic fear-mongering projects, the goal of the greenies involved being to convert the developing world into West-hating, climate change fanatics'
But then, Viner's new employer notes that this sort of thing is very good for his business:
'Mott MacDonald’s environment manager Ian Allison said: “We are delighted to welcome David to Mott MacDonald. Sustainability and climate change are important drivers for our business. As awareness of these issues increases, the consultancy is continuing to develop its services and skills to help in strategies for adaptation, mitigation and institutional reform to respond to these challenges.'
Now I do not know if Mott MacDonald supports any websites aimed at children or teachers, and I do not suggest that they do. This link is merely to show there is a clear commercial interest in 'spreading awareness' about the putative causes of climate change and associated actions held to be a corrective to them. This is an area for more digging on the internet to look for explicit links.
(1.5) Advertising This site seems to be based in Ghana ('eSchooltoday in association with BusinessGhana.com.'), and runs pop-up adverts: http://www.eschooltoday.com/climate-change/Introduction-to-climate-change-for-children.html
(2) Sites aimed-at-kids
See Further Information (1) below for more details.
[Note added 25 Jan 12, this link seems to be defunct. Let us hope the site owners saw sense.]
See (7) Further Information section (2) below for more details.
Note also that this site has links to energy companies, and encourages readers to switch to them
(see: http://www.coolitschools.com/switch-now )
See (7) Further Information section (3) below for more details.
4a. http://www.eco-schools.org/climateinitiative/ (HSBC)
[Note added 25 Jan 12, this link seems to be defunct. Let us hope the site owners saw sense.]
5. http://www.hippoworks.com/hippoHELP.html (Denis Thomopoulos sells t-shirst, mugs, etc, for children)
8. http://www.howweknowclimatechange.com/ ('Scientists and kids explore global warming')
9.1 See: http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/epa-lying-to-kids-about-droughts/#more-496
'EPA Lying To Kids About Droughts
Real Science points out that the EPA claim in their Student’s Guide that droughts are becoming longer and more extreme worldwide because of climate change. They also claim that in the US, the South West is at particular risk.
As far as the USA is concerned, according to NCDC data, this claim is totally untrue.'
Apr 2012. Same criticism here: http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/why-would-the-epa-lie-to-our-kids/ with some additional facts.
9.3 EPA misleading kids about hurricanes See: http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/why-do-the-epa-mislead-kids/
11. Gore's fundraisers: http://www.theclimateproject.org/
13. Alliance for Climate Education (ACE): http://www.acespace.org/
Reported on here 0n 11 April 2011: http://www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=US42070464820110411
Engaged in propaganda effort in US schools, e.g. 'She's narrating the entire 20-minute show from memory, and climate science doesn't get a mention until three minutes in. As Lamm explains how fossil fuels were formed, dinosaurs flop over dead on-screen. There are chuckles from the crowd. Later, when Lamm mentions greenhouse gases, blobs of CO2 float around sporting sunglasses and 1980's hairstyles.' Their mission: 'Our mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb the causes of global warming.' (http://www.acespace.org/about/our-mission)
Note added 5 Dec 2014. Some evidence that ACE have been having an effect: http://www.globalclimatescam.com/2014/11/climate-activists-tout-effectiveness-of-school-brainwashing/comment-page-1/#comment-442939
15. http://www.habitatheroes.com/ (American site) This looks worthy of more investigation as a possible scam to get money out of people, using children as a vehicle for getting their attention. This dubious survey may be part of it: http://www.examiner.com/article/according-to-habitat-heroes-study-children-fear-the-end-of-the-earth
See Further Information (4) for more details
See Further Information (5) for more details
18. http://live-the-solution.com/presentations/ Pre-drawn mindmaps propaganda (http://windfarms.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/mind-maps-a-form-of-child-porn/)
19. http://kidsahoy.multiply.com/photos/album/101 (Greenpeace and kids - possibly dated)
20. http://www.climateclassroom.org/ In its own words: 'The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is committed to creating age and developmentally appropriate curricula to educate high school students about the causes of and remedies for global warming. NWF recently partnered with the former Vice President Al Gore and the makers of the award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth (AIT) to bring the issue of climate change from the big screen to the classroom.' They have, therefore, a lot to be ashamed about.
The US government agency NASA has taken up the task of scaring children, at taxpayers' expense. For the greater good no doubt. Donna Laframboise is scathing about this effort by NASA: http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2011/02/04/nasa-climate-change-and-children/ Extract: If you’re like me and are predisposed to admire NASA because of what it used to stand for, the Climate Kids site will make you want to weep. Sam at ClimateQuotes does a splendid job of explaining that NASA doesn’t even try to be neutral about climate change. (That would entail, for example, acknowledging the upside as well as the downside of warmer temperatures.)
She links to the ClimateQuotes study (http://climatequotes.com/2011/01/19/nasa-targets-children-with-climate-kids-website/ ) 'Alright. In this post I will give you a tour of their site, hitting all the main sections. This is quite a long post with lots of pictures and one video, so take your time reading this one.' He exposes the propaganda and the deceptions.
22. Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Even Australia, once a land of free-thinkers and strong character, has an astro-turf site for youngsters on climate: http://aycc.org.au/ It looks just as phony as the rest of them. What kind of kids do they attract?
Update 08/07/15: Tony Thomas has been tracking some of the nefarious work of this rich-man's toy of an organisation: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2015/05/climate-cult-kiddies-part-ii/
23. http://www.acespace.org/blog/ This is the Alliance for Climate Education, and is an example of what money can buy. They have a mission: 'ACE's mission is to educate high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb global warming.' They provide their services free of charge: 'It's FREE. We are passionate about educating and inspiring high school students and offer all of our programs at no cost. In addition, we offer scholarship and school grant opportunities to students and schools who are committed to furthering climate awareness and involving their schools and communities in climate action.' Big Green at work. Fear is the key: '
- Students view a brief interactive video that overviews the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the consequences of inaction
- The overwhelming majority of scientists agree that climate change is real
- It’s dangerous - droughts, increased storm intensity, wildfires, habitat and species loss, human hardship will likely become more prevalent
- We are running out of time. Leading scientists say there are tipping points in the Earth's climate system. If we pass these thresholds, our climate may change in ways that would be very difficult to reverse'
25. 2012 USA. In a dismal sea of alarmist cant, this site is more refreshing, more inclined to 'inspire and inform' than 'recruit little climate activists'. The site is mostly about weather. The small climate section includes this:
'Is the Earth getting warmer?
Yes! The Earth has warmed by about 1ºF over the past 100 years. But why? Well, scientists are not exactly sure. The Earth could be getting warmer on its own, but many of the world's leading climate scientists think that things people do are helping to make the Earth warmer.
Click Here to learn more about Global Warming.'
As these things go, that's not too bad at all. The link goes to a 'page not found' message on an EPA site. Given the nature of the modern EPA, that 'not found' is a bit of a blessing. There is also a misleading experiment suggested on the greenhouse effect, comparing water temperatures in two glasses of water left outdoors, one wrapped in a plastic bag. Wrapping the other glass in clingfilm would allow a fairer comparison, since it is relatively transparent to infra-red compared to the thicker plastic used in bags. The pupils will learn than greenhouses do not work by 'trapping' infrared and that might lead them to a healthy distrust of those who say the atmosphere works like a greenhouse with CO2 'trapping' heat.
A critical appraisal of this sort of experiment in schools is given here: http://www.tufts.edu/~rtobin/Wagoner%20AJP%202010.pdf
26. (1) Oz TV advises CO2-emitting children to die early By Andrew Orlowski
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Planet Slayer" site invites young children to take a "greenhouse gas quiz", asking them "how big a pig are you?". At the end of the quiz, the pig explodes, and ABC tells children at "what age you should die at so you don’t use more than your fair share of Earth’s resources!"
(2) WUWT demolishes it:
'I don’t know where to begin, except to say that when we see things like this, we should complain loudly and incessantly. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has crossed a line beyond science, beyond decency, and beyond rational thought.'
'What is most disgusting about this is that ABC ignores their own published Code of Practice
In section 2.12 they talk about content for children:
2.12 Content for Children. In providing enjoyable and enriching content for children, the ABC does not wish to conceal the real world from them. It can be important for the media, especially television, to help children understand and deal with situations which may include violence and danger. Special care should be taken to ensure that content which children are likely to watch or access unsupervised should not be harmful or disturbing to them.'(3). Mises (h/tip Anonymous , here in 2010):
Teaching Kids about the Environment, Government Style27.http://www.ace.mmu.ac.uk/kids/
A site not updated since 2005 due to withdrawal of government funding. Aimed at 5-11 year olds.
28. http://calc.zerofootprint.net/youth/ 'The Zerofootprint Kid's Calculator measures the direct impact of a child's lifestyle on the planet. Measurements are made in terms kids understand: carbon, land, water and trees. There are also a number of resources for teachers and parents on the site.'
29. http://www.scholastic.com/actgreen/ USA. Yet another site to get the message across!
30. Not a site, but an education package including the usual indoctrination/calls for action by children on climate, but produced by a local government employee in a Canadian city! http://www.city.kamloops.bc.ca/environment/pdfs/EnvironmentEdu-Teachers.pdf
31. Odious, superficial, pernicious, demented trash on a BBC site aimed at children in 2009 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8426269.stm
Dreaming of a green Christmas
Felix Dodds and Michael Strauss
The production of all the toys, being in the North Pole, needs a lot of heating and lighting
As many of you know this time of year is very busy for me. The elves are also really busy, making the Obama dolls (although they appear to be less popular than last year), the train sets, and the computer games.
But before I pack up the sleigh and set off on this year's big ride, I wanted to share with you an update on how things are going.
I wanted to share with you some worries I have, because here at the North Pole it has been a difficult year.'
32. 9 Feb 2012. A collection of sites apparently aimed at kids is given here, but I have not had time to work through them:
33. 19 Feb 2012. Project Genie has been mentioned on a couple of sites recently. I am not sure if it is still active, but here is a link to the section of their site aimed at kids: http://www.projectgenie.org.uk/Kids.aspx
Here is a peek at their insidious video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHctjCCEOY&feature=player_embedded
34. 23 Feb 2012. Poor Australia. It seems horribly burdened with the climate madness. Here is a new site reported on by ACM: http://www.futuresparks.org.au/. The usual guff, but perhaps less scarily presented than some sites of this type: 'The Earth's climate has changed dramatically since the beginning of time, but evidence now shows that human activity is creating a sharp increase in the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Scientists agree this causes the temperatures on Earth to rise, which influences the climate - more extreme weather events, more often. In some areas, the sea level will rise - and this is very worrying for people who live on small islands, particularly our Pacific Island neighbours...
So the change in climate will bring widespread change to our way of life and environment.'
35. Mexico. Kidzania http://www.kidzania.com/ 'Edutainment' , described here presumably from one of their press releases: 'KidZania will open KidZania Cuicuilco, the largest and most environmentally sustainable children's entertainment destination in the world. Located in Mexico City, the new park is a model of environmental stewardship and offers fully-immersive, real-world environmental experiences for kids as an arborist, power plant operator, meteorologist, water quality inspector and more.'
36. Germany. Plant for the Planet. This is a scary one: committees of young children are formed and pushed as fronts for climate campaigning. All around the planting of trees. http://plant-for-the-planet.org/en
Update 03 April 2014 This odd-looking organisation has been making an impact in the States, and has caught the attention of Dr James Hansen, one of the prime movers behind climate alarmism. The indoctrination of children might yet be added to his scorecard of harms done. Some commentary on this here: Adults Reject Climate Catastrophe, Alarmists Bring In the Children (thoughts on Hansen’s latest) - See more at: http://www.masterresource.org/2014/04/climate-youth-hansen-missive/comment-page-1
37. UK BBC educational materials linked to climate: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/search/index.shtml?scope=gcsebitesize_include&q=climate
38. Australia. Climate Clubs. This site is, as so many are, sponsored in part by energy companies. One good thing is that it may be an ex-site. The latest date I found on it today (20/1/13) was in 2011. Anyway, what it did was encourage children (and others) to reduce energy usage for the sake of the climate, e.g. "Brothers Jillian, 8, and Jonathon, 11, took part in the first trial with their family and tell us their personal story: We think the Climate Club Competition is a good way of helping our family save money by using less electricity. The Climate Club helps by giving examples and ideas on how to save electricity. We are also helping our school. For all the points that families get when they save electricity at home our school can raise some money. So by saving electricity we are helping the environment, our families save money and our school to raise money." [http://www2.acfonline.org.au/category/save-energy/blog/climate-club-aims-be-coolest-around-town]. Main site is here: http://climateclubs.org.au/pages/about.html
39. USA Colorado 'Earth Guardians' - an organisation which exploits children to turn them into political activists for eco-causes. http://earthguardians.org/index.shtml
Note added 24/08/15. They are still at it. '8-year-old takes US government to court over climate change'
Anthony Watts asks just how low will activists stoop: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/19/climate-craziness-of-the-week-james-hansen-is-using-children-to-sue-us-government-over-climate/
40. UK Johnny Zero and the Met Office. Once upon a time the UK Met Office was dedicated to providing weather forecasts, but that was not good enough for some who wanted it to be in the vanguard for reducing CO2 emissions. It seems that in the past few years they have had staff looking at producing state propaganda for this using a cartoon character called Johnny Zero. Evidence is here: http://www.who.is/whois/johnny-zero.com/, and here: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/communicatingclimate/documents/workshop-2/workshop-2-report.pdf. There are some comments on this posted here: http://www.bishop-hill.net/discussion/post/2117808 in 2013.
41. Ghana/USA and English-speaking world 'Eschoolday' seems to be a vehicle for advertising, possibly targeted at homeschoolers, and seems to be owned in Ghana. Here is their section on climate. The usual guff about greenhouses and not driving cars:http://www.eschooltoday.com/climate-change/Introduction-to-climate-change-for-children.html
42. USA. Children of the Earth. This looks like another low-cost site to set up. It asks for donations, and has an Amazon click-through to raise money as well. Who can tell if it is genuine or merely a wheeze for the cash? http://www.childrenoftheearth.org/
43. Sweden. A fruit of the emerging 'Education for Sustainable Development' (ESD) industry: http://www.goymp.org/en/frontpage
44. Australia. Cool Australia was conceived by Jason Kimberley, our Founder and CEO, following an eco-epiphany in Antarctica in 2005... In August 2008, Cool Australia was born. http://coolaustralia.org/student-toolbox/
Update 2015: this organisation continues to do harm. 'Much of Cool Australia’s program for schools is benign: recycle trash, don’t waste electricity, plant trees, embrace reconciliation. But the rest of the agenda tirelessly advances the supposedly impending global-warming catastrophe, plus, inevitably, preaching the evils of fossil fuels.'
45. Australia. Here's something better - a new blog which seems aimed at producing calmer materials on climate aimed at children: http://climate4kids.blogspot.com.au/
46. UK. Children's University of Manchester.(!) It has a section on energy and climate which begins by telling the children to expect a 4C rise in temperature this century: http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/science/energy/globalwarming/
This is affiliated with an organisation called The Children's University (http://www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/) which seems to be a vehicle for those who want even more interference in children's lives, and for whom the title 'university' presumably has some appeal despite it commonly meaning 'a high-level educational institution in which students study for degrees and academic research is done.'
47. UK. FootPrintFriends. Possibly an expired initiative with links to earlier (2008/9) government funding through such as DEFRA and the Environment Agency. If so, I hope no one will miss it.
48. UK 'Your Climate, Your Life' Unashamedly activist propaganda to get children 'to act'. Created by the Royal Geographical Society, to its shame. http://www.yourclimateyourlife.org.uk/index.html
49. USA : Green My Parents. Launched in 2010, but possibly flopped within a year, and now dormant. Let us hope so. 'GreenMyParents is a revolutionary, nationwide program to help young people teach their peers and parents how to work together to help the economy, earn money at home, and save the planet through simple, everyday actions. ' http://www.greenmyparents.com/index.html
50. USA: Our Children's Trust. 'Our mission is to protect earth’s atmosphere and natural systems for present and future generations.' They think this gives them the right to exploit children. Utterly despicable. See for example: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2015/11/18/a-group-of-kids-are-suing-obama-over-climate-change
51. USA Polar Army. Ostensibly created by a young boy, this looks suspiciously like an astro-turfing initiative:
(3) Sites aimed-at-teachers
'One of the most extensive sites is Climate Change Education, a Web portal maintained by volunteers with the University of California Berkeley and others from California science museums. The site offers lesson plans and student projects on climate change that cut across disciplines, from earth sciences, biology and chemistry to social studies and mathematics.'
10. http://www.schools-at-university.eu/project/teachers_training/index.html (an EU initiative)
13. http://www.foe.co.uk/learning/educators/shout_about_index.html (FoE)
14. http://www.primarytimes.net/parent_times_education_schools_climate_change_toolkit.php (Action Aid)
15. http://act.ukycc.org/standalone/index.php?q=civicrm/contribute/transact (Political stand-alone?)
16. www.footprintfriends.com (?)
17. http://www.theccc.org.uk/ (this is aimed at government, regional and national in UK)
19. http://www.britishcouncil.org/climatechange-climatechampions.htmhttp://www.britishcouncil.org/climatechange-climatechampions.htm (UK government, British Council)
19.1 2010 Commentary on this abuse of the British Council to promote climate alarm can be found here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/7231466/British-Council-gets-in-on-the-climate-act.html
19.2 2016 A very nasty woman has been uncovered high up in the British Council: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1501559/three-year-old-prince-george-hit-by-vile-rant-from-british-council-boss-paid-thousands-to-promote-uk/
20.0 10 June 2011 - apparently the British Council excursion into climate propagandising is to end in 2012: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110610/full/news.2011.364.html Except for these: 'The council says that two flagship global projects will continue: the 'Climate Generation' initiative, which engages young climate activists and the 'Climate4Classrooms' project, which provides resources for schoolchildren.'
21.1 http://www.climategeneration.org/ A US initiative in climate propaganda fopr schools partly funded by the British Council: 'Offered in the US in partnership with the California Air Resources Board and the Will Steger Foundation, the Climate Generation Program is a school based competition connecting youth leadership and environmental curriculum with climate action projects. High Schools in California and Minnesota are eligible to participate in the program. There is no cost to sign up for the program, and classrooms that produce winning projects are eligible for project funding.'
22. http://www.1010global.org/uk/education (EAGA)
(an evisceration of these shameful pages is given here: http://weaselzippers.us/2011/01/24/nasa-targets-children-with-climate-kids-global-warming-propaganda-website/
26. http://www.climate4classrooms.org/en/ (Royal Met Soc involved)
27. http://www.climatehotmap.org/ (pure propaganda - lists of harbingers of warming)
28. http://www.actionaid.org.uk/102084/1010_schools.html (the 10:10 'no pressure' people)
This site may be defunct since the last-dated, indeed only posts are for 1 July 2011. It looks like it was a piece of opportunism that was never, or not yet anyway, pursued. Perhaps funded by the likes of http://www.comparegas.co.uk/
30. http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/democs-climate-change Site promotes a card game to 'facilitate discussion about climate change science' Describes itself as 'nef (the new economics foundation) is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being.'
31. http://www.slcne.org.uk/ccsp/intro.php Part of 'Science Learning Centres North East' In their own words 'The Climate Change Schools Project is a ground-breaking and unique educational programme currently operating in the North East of England – it is being rolled-out into other parts of England from 2010. The Project aims to put climate change at the heart of the national curriculum via an organic and pioneering network of ‘Climate Change Lead Schools’ who build climate change understanding and positive action from the ground-up. '
32. http://www.cabe.org.uk/publications/green-day They provide an 'activity kit' on climate change for schools. The site describes itself as 'CABE is the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space.' 'General-purpose busybodies' seems more informative!!
33. http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationdetail/page1/DCSF-00366-2010 Some details of state propaganda in schools about climate from the UK. They say 'Climate change is one of the biggest challenges that we will face in the 21st century. There is no doubt over the science – the continued release of greenhouse gases will lead to severe changes in the earth’s climate.' Focus is on 'carbon management' in schools, and they don't mean 'tips for pencil monitors'.
A site launched by Manchester Metropolitan University thanks to state funding, funding which was withdrawn in 2005 and the site has not been updated since (http://www.ace.mmu.ac.uk/) Mostly aimed at 5-11 year olds, but has notes for teachers.
35. Added 19/11/10: this page has many links to climate videos, games, etc pushing alarm: http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/GeogP/climate/
36. http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/search?query=climate (USA site providing materials)
37. http://eelink.net/pages/Teachers (USA providing support on environmental education)
38. http://www.climatechoices.org.uk/pages/aboutpage.htm UK site 'Climate Choices - Children's Voices is aimed at teachers of children aged 9-11 years ( UK years 5 and 6) who want to help children begin to understand the challenging and complex issue of climate change.'
39. http://www.keystonecurriculum.org/ US govt agency funded site 'Welcome to The Keystone Center’s curriculum website with over 65 lessons developed to introduce middle and high school teachers and their students to the topic of climate change and to provide new ways of thinking about the problem and potential solutions. The curricula provide teachers with a non-biased framework for investigating climate change.'
An Australian government initiative to share their alarm about a trace gas in the air: 'These pages contain a variety of resources for teachers and students including teaching resources, factsheets and interactive quizzes. The Departments’ climate change character Marty, the spot-tailed quoll, will show you how to take action to combat climate change and tell you about the impacts of climate change and ways to adapt to it.'
40a. Also from Australia: http://www.teachingclimatechange.com.au/
Quote 'This resource has been compiled by staff at The Australia Institute in conjunction with high school teachers and university academics who work in the field of climate change. The Australia Institute is a not-for-profit public interest think tank based in Canberra. For more information see our website http://tai.org.au . Funding for this project was generously provided by http://australianethical.com.au/Australian Ethical Investment Ltd.'
41. http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/school.html A US government agency that will stoop as low as it takes to keep that funding coming in.
42. http://www.bioneers.org/campaigns/education/education-materials Yet another group out to save ther world (at whose expense?) offering education materials to schools (USA). In their own words 'As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, we provide a forum and social hub for education about solutions presented through the Bioneers Conference and our programs. Our media productions leverage this content to reach millions of people around the nation and the world with our award-winning radio series, Bioneers: Revolution From the Heart of Nature; anthology book series; television programs; and our interactive website. We act as a key source for the media, including third-party films and the press. Our DVDs, CDs and other educational materials are also used by colleges and schools and by community-based and other organizations to inform and inspire positive change at the local level.'
43. http://www.michellehenry.fr/warming.htm#lp Possibly based in France, but this link to a 'lessons plans' section in English. An example of 'useful idiocy' in full flight.
44. Two serial offenders in the crime of scaring children with needless alarmism about climate are the BBC and the British Council. Here they seem to be collaborating: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/try/lesson-plans/climate-change-overview
Update 10 May 2012:
'CHILDREN are learning the science of climate change with a program that will be run at schools around Tasmania.
Students at Dominic College in Glenorchy yesterday did hands-on experiments at the launch of the CSIRO program, called CarbonKids Energy Curriculum Resources.
"CSIRO believes in the importance of engaging tomorrow's decision-makers with the best possible climate science and we are working with teachers to introduce students to the basics of energy and climate," said program manager Angela Colliver.
The CarbonKids workshops are sponsored nationally by Bayer and CSIRO. Schools registered in the program receive training and access to resources for primary and middle-school children.'
Update 5 June 2012: The CarbonKids efforts to tie-in schools is being promoted by the government of New South Wales: http://www.fieldofmar-e.schools.nsw.edu.au/blog_files/a2953def6b6ddf3d3c26b1623219d2d1-96.html
47. Denmark. http://www.denmark.dk/en/servicemenu/media-room/DanishTech/Teaching-Climate.htm
'The website provides teachers with inspiration for ways of teaching climate issues and presents a number of themes with climate-related teaching programmes.'
48. Canada. http://www.greenhearted.org/index.html 'If you're like me, you are feeling a sense of responsibility for your students and their future. Scientists report that we only have a few years left to transform our society to a renewable energy economy to avoid catastrophic climate change. What is our role as educators in creating this transformation?'
49. Switzerland http://www.myclimate.org/climate-education.html 'Climate change is one of mankind's biggest challenges. How can we use our natural resources while preserving them? How can we manage to emit less CO2 in the future? Such and other questions are picked up on by myclimate's Climate Education department, which then provides suggested solutions. But myclimate's Climate Education not only aims to impart knowledge surrounding climate change and climate protection, it also aims to encourage people to act in their everyday lives.'
50. EDF http://www.jointhepod.org/ in the UK: 'The Pod provides teachers with the resources and information they need to teach environmental issues and inspire students to run green activities in school, within the community and at home.'
51. UK 19 Feb 2012. Project Genie has been mentioned on a couple of sites recently. I am not sure if it is still active, but here is a link to the section of their site aimed at teachers: http://www.projectgenie.org.uk/Teachers.aspx
Here is a peek at their insidious video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHctjCCEOY&feature=player_embedded
52. UK, but aiming at the world. The odious 10:10 group are saying solar panels on school roofs are fun. Better than suggesting children be destroyed by terrorists if their parents refuse to obey the green diktats, but still not acceptable. http://green.thefuntimesguide.com/2011/12/solar-in-uk-schools.php
Update 7 Oct 2015. The funding which this odious organisation depends on for this solar trojan horse work is under threat: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/07/solar-schools-project-threatened-by-renewable-energy-cuts
53. USA. An environmental journalist (that title has almost become oxymoronic since so many of them do not function as journalists so much as mouthpieces for eco-activists including of course the ones purporting to be alarmed about CO2 and climate) has made an annotated list of sources of information for teachers on climate. Her first graphic shows a hockey-stick plot, thereby getting off to a bad start! It all looks like bog-standard, trust the IPCC, uncritical faith in the alarmists' messages.
http://hdgc.epp.cmu.edu/teachersguide/teachersguide.htm (sponsored by 'The Centre for Integrated Study of the Human Dimensions of Global Change' - what a boost climate alarmism must have been for them! There's a fair chance they were born out of it.
54. Green Teacher has a list of sites, mostly aimed at teachers, here: http://www.greenteacher.com/links/linksclimatechange.html
55. Is there no end to them? Another US site pushing the facile faith of climate alarm on to children by means of their teachers: https://www.facingthefuture.org/ForEducators/EducatorsHome/tabid/67/Default.aspx
56. Scotland. Hired to get the message to children in part of Scotland, and with the usual supporting chat on climate change: "Through funding from Scottish Power Renewables, ALIenergy are able to deliver educational work in pre-school, primary and secondary schools throughout Argyll and Bute." http://www.alienergy.org.uk/education.html
57. Scotland. The state-funded Highlands and Islands Enterprise quango has a site promoting renewables, and it has an education section including the promotion of misleading material for primary schools: http://www.hi-energy.org.uk/Education/Primary-School-Factsheets.htm
58. USA (Oregon based) Using children as cannon fodder in litigation across the States is a body with the contradicting name of 'Our Children's Trust': http://ourchildrenstrust.org/
The site includes this advice 'Teach kids about their right to inherit a healthy planet. Youth have the most to lose, if we continue "business as usual" in emitting greenhouse gases.' They describe their pushing children into court actions as 'We are here to empower and support youth as they stand up for their lawful inheritance: a healthy planet.'
59. USA (California based) The iMatter Campaign. Here is another group up to the same trick with litigation by children: http://www.imattermarch.org/#! Quote 'Our work now includes youth leadership training and empowerment to address the climate crisis at all levels - through grassroots actions, judicial action, and legislative action.'
Note added 16 March 2017. This group is still active. Here is a report on them using children as lobbying-fodder: https://midwestenergynews.com/2017/03/15/child-activists-score-big-climate-victory-in-small-minnesota-town/comment-page-1/
60. USA (California based?) Cool the Earth Why anyone in their right mind would want to cool the earth is beyond me, but here is one couple who do and they want to make use of children to achieve their awful goal. Why do they hate children so much? http://cooltheearth.org/our-program/
Note added 21 Dec 2014: this is one of the longer-lasting of these sites. They have secured funding from a dozen or so 'partners' and have had their materials used in quite a few schools, mainly in California and the NE states: http://www.cooltheearth.org/schools/list None of the directors, nor their scientific advisors, have either credentials or experience in climate science.
61. Greece. Planet Agents. Mostly in Greek, but some material in English and machine translation reveals yet another initiative to destroy childhood innocence and create little climate activists. http://www.planetagents.org/
62. USA. Lesson Planet: "Lesson Planet is the leading online curriculum search solution for PreK-12 educators" Climate Change Teacher Resource. "Teacher-Reviewed Online Lesson Plans and Worksheets" : http://www.lessonplanet.com/search?keywords=Climate+Change&gclid=CLLK18ul-bMCFSTLtAodR24ATg
64. Australia. Carbon Clubs http://climateclubs.org.au/pages/about.html (See under Sites Aimed at Kids: 38. Australia. Climate Clubs for more details). Possibly not active after 2011.
65. USA 'Keystone Science School Educator Programs challenge current and future leaders to balance the environmental, economic and social equity issues of today and tomorrow.' I suspect that means they peddle the usual guff about climate, but I have not had time to sign-up, even if I am eligible, to find out more. http://www.keystonecurriculum.org/
66. USA Global Warming Classroom. Hurray! A site that looks to be a good one: http://www.globalwarmingclassroom.info/index.htm I have a post about a related video here: http://climatelessons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/climate-education-in-high-schools-what.html
67. EU. Changing with Climate http://www.changingwithclimate.info/
68. UK Teach Climate Change The usual one-sided stuff. From a university of all places! http://www.teachclimatechange.org/
69. Australia. Poor old Australia. Another convert, a chap called Jason Kimberley, who has had an 'eco-epiphany', has set out to recruit children for his cause: http://coolaustralia.org/curriculum-materials/
70. UK. National Association for Environmental Education. To my shame, this is a new one for me. Until I have time to look at it further, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is promoting humane and well-informed materials and not the mindless and cruel alarmism of some other organisations.. http://naee.org.uk/
71. USA. Teachers Guide. An environmental journalist gives advice to teachers about climate:
http://hdgc.epp.cmu.edu/teachersguide/teachersguide.htm This was apparently last updated in 2002, and the source site (part of Carnegie Mellon university) seems to have ceased activity in 2004.
72. UK. Children In A Changing Climate. This is one of innumerable sites that have popped up to take advantage of the avalanche of grants and subsidies and donations available for 'good works' on climate. This one specialise in promoting the extremist's dream of recruiting children for 'the cause'. 'We engage in climate change and development education projects across the globe, involving children and young people through formal and informal educational activities.'
75. UK. C4C: Climate for Classrooms A source of junk from the British Council from its days as an agitator for climate alarm. Probably dead in the water since 2012. Good if so.
This Royal Geographical Society link seemed to have something to do with it as well: http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Schools/Teaching+resources/Key+Stage+4+resources/Climate+for+Classrooms/Climate+4+Classrooms.htm
http://greenambassadors.org/ Associated with a network of 'underserved schools' in Los Angeles: http://ecsonline.org/
77. International but mainly USA. Green Schools Alliance. More conspiracy opportunities to push their point of view on children: 'Providing tools for managing change, Green Schools Alliance (GSA) is an international organization of sustainable schools that fosters collaboration among its members to help them set and meet individual and collective sustainability goals. Uniquely created by schools for schools, the GSA is a global peer-to-peer network of pre-K-12 schools represented by school decision makers (including sustainability coordinators, students, principals and heads, faculty, facility managers, business officers and other administrators and staff) who work together to solve climate and conservation challenges.'
Note added later: a search revealed that the site was started by a film maker called Kevin Smith: 'My name is Kevin Smith and I’m a film writer/director and I seriously wanted to do something about global warming, Initially I began researching for a possible fiction film, then after watching Al Gores ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ again, I was just as shocked as I was 8 years ago, in fact more so, as little or nothing had been done to combat global warming since (The CO2 in the atmosphere has actually increased by 25% since 2006 )'
80. UK: Royal Met Soc archived materials on climate history. I have not had time to look at these materials, but I am not optimistic about them since I fear the RMetS has caught the CO2 Virus.
1. Oxford: http://climatex.org
2. North East England
3. University of Sussex: http://www.ids.ac.uk/go/idsproject/building-a-climate-smart-future and http://www.childreninachangingclimate.org/
4. University of East Anglia
5. University College London, Project Genie (at least up to 2010):
video extract: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZHctjCCEOY&feature=player_embedded
6. University of Reading: http://www.walker-institute.ac.uk/news/news_ccactivities.html
7. University of Manchester The usual one-sided stuff. From a university of all places! http://www.teachclimatechange.org/
(5) Initiatives by schools and by organisations using or displacing schools as part of their political work
1. USA. http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2010/07/enviromental_issues_lets_prese.html
2. Some are doing it under the guise of sustainability:
(link to CELF site)
3. Here is an organisation which straddles schools and out of school activities in New York and Washington DC, and which seems to have taken upon itself to develop the youngsters in ways in which they thing the schools are failing to do:
Global Kids: http://www.globalkids.org/#/home On the west coast of the USA there is Global Warming Kids which seems primarily concerned with teaching materials (part of http://climatechangeeducation.org/), and on the east coast there is Global Kids which seems primarily concerned with political agitation and the targeting of children to be activists. They don't seem to linked. GK describes itself as 'the premier non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development - works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage.' In other words, they want to get the youngsters on their side. The grandiose neutrality of these words is a little unsettled. The lack of reference to the funding of this very slick website is also. The following event was organised by them: 'NEW YORK, Apr 16, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Six hundred school students from New York City and Washington, D.C., will search for climate change solutions during an all-day conference April 20. Many of the students participate in Global Kids ( www.globalkids.org ), an award-winning in-school and afterschool international leadership program.'
4. USA 'Climate Parents' Led by 3 eco-activists who clearly spotted this new bandwagon as a vehicle for their interfering in the lives of others: 'Climate Parents is a powerful movement of families advocating for bold solutions to climate change. We work at a national and regional level to fight dirty energy and scale up renewables, enact policies that help protect kids and communities from climate impacts, and ensure our kids learn climate science and solutions in school. We are fighting for a “kid safe and climate safe” energy system free from the carbon pollution fueling climate change and jeopardizing our kids' health.' http://climateparents.org/about/
(6) NGO and UN sites targeting young people on climate
1. Red Cross, 18-25 year olds: http://www.ifrc.org/youth/climatechange/http://www.ifrc.org/youth/climatechange/
2. Oxfam http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources/climate_chaos/
3. Unicef http://www.unicef.org.uk/Donate/Other-ways-to-donate/Carbon-calculator/
4. FEE An NGO essentially there to facilitate UNEP campaigns in all the nations. Professional busybodies on a global scale. Here is their specific intiative aimed at schools: http://www.fee-international.org/en/Menu/Programmes/Eco-Schools
(7) Further Information on Some of the Above
(7.1) Cool Kids For A Cool Climate.com. Notes by Dave W.
The Cool Kids For A Cool Climate project was set up by Sarah Bowler, a member of Wildlife Watch in the UK.
From the “Take Action” page
“Burning fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2). These contribute to global warming, to acid rain and is pure torture for asthma sufferers. We are producing twice as much carbon dioxide in the world today than the Earth’s plants can convert back into Oxygen by photosynthesis and all this is made worse by deforestation. “
It also has a link to a “Reducing Greenhouse Gases At Home” page:
Which lists simple steps you can take. There is a further link at the bottom to a DEFRA site,
however that is currently being re-organised due to the recent change of government.
The “Tree Planting ” page
Notes that: All green plants photosynthesise – soaking up CO2, turning it into food and giving out Oxygen as a waste product. But then says: Planting trees is only a short-term solution to global warming. If we really want to eliminate global warming then we must stop using fossil fuels altogether. What will the plants feed on then?
The “Cool Kids Project” page:
Has a “Tree Calculator”
To help you work out how many trees you need to plant in order to offset your carbon footprint.
The “Climate Change News” page:
Doesn't appear to have been updated since 2008. It has the following headlines:
Meltdown in the Arctic is speeding up
Climate change: Prepare for global temperature rise of 4C, warns top scientist
The climate change clock is ticking
The final countdown
Environment: Climate activists occupy proposed site for coal-fired power station
Cheap way to 'split water' could lead to abundant clean fuel
'Oil from algae' promises climate friendly fuel
Cartoonists use humour to tackle climate change
Ten ways schools can reduce carbon emissions
British schools to join carbon trading scheme
Andes face glacial meltdown
One third of reef-building corals face extinction, study shows
G8 climate deal is empty promise, says UK government economist
A deal on climate change - but then the backlash
And the greenest university is ... Gloucestershire
Burning biofuels may be worse than coal and oil, say experts
Q&A: Emissions trading
Campaign aims to recycle Christmas 100m cards
Trees absorbing less CO2 as world warms, study finds
Giant sail technology could make shipping greener
All of these link to articles in the The Guardian newspaper.
There are further links to a page written especially by (former) Government Chief Scientific Advisor Sir David King:
Who quotes from the IPCC 3rd assessment report, and also says:
At over 370 parts per million, we are already living with levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that have not been seen on earth for at least 420 thousand years. The current level is already well beyond that seen in the atmosphere during Earth’s “warm periods” between ice ages, and is consistent with the Earth’s “hot periods”, such as around 60 million years ago when all ice on the planet melted.
Further links include Michael Meacher:
Who says: Ignore the optimists: the global warming horror stories are all true.
And an article written by BBC weatherman Paul Hudson in 2001:
The “Climate Change Explained” page: http://www.coolkidsforacoolclimate.com/Explained/Explainedindex.htm
Has a scary looking Flash animation apparently showing the World bouncing around, trapped in a Greenhouse.
The “Causes And Effects” page:
Has another Flash animation entitled:
Arnold the Polar Bear says "Global warming is not Cool".
All the pages on this site have small Polar Bear graphics at the foot of the page, some have additional ones elswhere.
“Your Stories”: http://www.coolkidsforacoolclimate.com/Your%20Stories/YourStoriesIndex.htm
Has several emailed stories from children regarding their activities, and tree planting.
The “Links” page: http://www.coolkidsforacoolclimate.com/Links/Links.htm
Has many to Climate related sites aimed at children.
(7.2) Cool It Schools.com . Notes by Dave W.
The home page says “Cool it Schools is calling young people worldwide to do something positive about climate change.”
On the “Cool it Schools To Do list 10:10:10 are the following points:
Replace all the lights to energy savers – bad use of language for a school!!
Harvest apples and extend the vegetable growing area
Invest in a water butt
Fit chimney balloons
Replace the worn seals around windows and doors
Bike maintenance day
Buy an owl monitor and set going on 10:10:10 – set it going?
Make a wall chart listing how we can each save carbon
Decide our target for energy reduction for 12 months time
How could we invest the money we save – a bee hotel?
Start: A Garden Party To Make A Difference check out Showcases to see the 'Garden of Earthly Delights' made by our lovely visitors age 3 to 93! - further poor sentence construction and grammar. The link refers to another site “startgardenparty.co.uk” which lists a number of open garden events during September 2010.
Celebrate 2010 International Year of Biodiversity: Create your own Concrete Jungle. Writing the World 2011 theme is 'Chain Reactions' so mess about with potions then write a poem for International Year of Chemistry. The International Year Of Biodiversity links to a site provided by the Natural History Museum.
Several images on the page have embeded links:
http://www.startuk.org/ - which appears to be the organisation behind the garden party mentioned above. It is a project run by the Princes Trust.
http://www.biodiversityislife.net/ - see above.
http://www.zsl.org/zsl-london-zoo/ - London Zoo.
http://www.1010global.org/uk - the 10:10 campaign - unbelievable, considering the fall out from their exploding kids video....
http://www.rainforestsos.org/ - another Princes Trust organisation.
http://www.coolitschools.com/switch-now – this in turn has links to renewable energy suppliers http://www.goodenergy.co.uk/ and http://www.ecotricity.co.uk/
The “Stop Press” of 20th October 2010 mentions http://www.coolitschools.com/node/386 - which encourages children to enter the following competition: http://www.1minutetosavetheworld.com/
The “About” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/what says this:
Get Creative and Cool it! Calling all schools to join our global project for young people who want to do something positive about climate change and the environment.
By working as a team we can help stop polar ice caps melting, prevent rainforests being destroyed, plants vanishing, animals becoming extinct and much more besides.
This is your chance to show families, friends, governments and religious leaders just what you feel about the environment through the biggest display of ideas and imagination by young people ever seen on earth.
It also lists the people behind the site as being a painter, Jane Langley, who has a website: http://www.janelangley.com/ and a graphic designer and programmer, Nick Evans: http://www.nick-evans.com/
The “Showcase” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/projects is a collection of pictures and linked projects.
The “Competitions” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/writing-the-world is devoted to a “Writing The World” poetry competition.
The “Concrete Jungle” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/concrete-jungle appears to be about schools setting up gardens and wildlife refuges. One paragraph is rather scaremongering:
“And, most important of all, with extinction accelerating at 1,000 times the fossil record (normal rate) you will be protecting our beautiful wildlife by providing new, safe habitats.”
Further embedded links go to:
http://www.nptc.org.uk/qualifications/ - City & Guilds.
The “T-Shirt” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/t-shirt gives you details of a FairTrade manufactured shirt costing £25.
The “Switch Now” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/switch-now is the same one detailed in the link #9 on page one.
The “Register” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/user/register allows over 18's to join the site and be able to upload photo's etc.
A “Press” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/press starts with:
”www.coolitschools.com is an online global show case where young people can display their climate change projects. It provides a rich insight into the attitudes, aspirations and wishes of the people for whom the future matters most – the next generation.”
“The web site has links that take you to the heart of the matter, and a comprehensive list of suggested topics approved by the Royal Society’s climate team.”
The “Links” page: http://www.coolitschools.com/links has all of the above, plus dozens more including Al Gore with his “Inconvenient Truth” site, and film director and founder of 10:10 Franny Armstrong and her “Age Of Stupid” site.
(7.3) The Youth Programme – Cape Farewell dot com . Notes by Dave W.
This opens with a “Flash” banner at the top containing links to many of the sections. This site is clearly professionally designed, and must have cost a fair amount of money to develop and maintain. Many pages have small “Latest News” boxes with rolling stories.
The “About” page http://www.capefarewell.com/about.html says:
"Climate change is a reality. Caused by us all, it is a cultural, social and economic problem and must move beyond scientific debate. Working internationally, we bring artists, scientists and communicators together to stimulate the production of art founded in scientific research. Using creativity to innovate, we engage artists for their ability to evolve and amplify a creative language, communicating on a human scale the urgency of the global climate challenge.
The main sections are:
“Art Programme” http://www.capefarewell.com/art.html
“Climate Science” http://www.capefarewell.com/climate-science.html
“Youth Programme” http://www.capefarewell.com/youth.html
“About Us” http://www.capefarewell.com/about.html
“News and Events” http://www.capefarewell.com/news.html
“Press Office” http://www.capefarewell.com/press-office.html
“Contact Us” http://www.capefarewell.com/contact.html
“Site Map” http://www.capefarewell.com/site-map.html
Each page has further sections and sub-sections, and it is not feasible to give details of them all,
the detailed Site Map is therefore very useful.
The Board of Trustees include: Graham Devlin who was previously Deputy Secretary General and Acting Chief Executive of the Arts Council of England. The Arts Council are the major sponsor of this outfit. Charlie Kronick (Chair) who is the Director of Climate Strategy for Greenpeace UK. Diana Liverman is a Director of the Environmental Change Institute. ECI hosts or co-hosts national and international projects that include the UK Climate Impacts Programme, the Oxford node of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the UK Energy Research Centre, and the ICSU Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) international project office. Ian McEwan, a writer. Fiona Morris, who is Head of Arts for Initial Television, part of the Endemol UK Group. Endemol makes a number of programmes for the BBC. Prof Chris Wainwright, who is the Head of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges, at the University of the Arts London and President of ELIA, (The European League of Institutes of the Arts). Michael G Wilson, OBE has been involved in the writing and production of several Bond movies.
They claim to be “A charitable organisation (UK regsitration No 1094747) made possible through sponsorship, partnerships and donations.”
The “Partners and Sponsors” page: http://www.capefarewell.com/about/partners-and-sponsors.html
is surprisingly devoid of any details, apart from the 3 organisations whose logos appear at the foot of every page: The Arts Council, The Musagetes Foundation & The Southbank Centre. Hovering the mouse over these logos shows the first to be a major sponsor, but the other two as “Partners”, which isn't quite the same thing.
The “Collaborations” page: http://www.capefarewell.com/art/collaborators.html lists the Arts Council, the Eden Project, the Barbican Art Gallery, the Southbank Centre, the Natural History Museum, the Tate, RSA Arts & Ecology, and the Plusequals Agency. Further details in the notes below.
“Things you can do” : http://www.capefarewell.com/about/partners-and-sponsors.html
has links to renewable energy supplier “Good Energy” http://www.goodenergy.co.uk/
It also includes: Further sustainable lifestyle ideas:
Do Good Lives Have to Cost the Earth? by Joe Smith and Andrew Simms.
Do The Green Thing and try out some of the suggestions.
50 Ways to Help the Planet give(s?) you a good idea of how you can easily do your share to help.
From the “Climate Science” page: http://www.capefarewell.com/climate-science.html:
“Cape Farewell exists because Director and Founder David Buckland read an article by a NASA scientist who said the window of opportunity for dealing with climate change was very short, perhaps less than 10 years. He started to investigate it further and there was a huge frustration with climate scientists who knew there was a problem, but couldn't find a way to communicate it to the public, partly because there were no images or succinct message about climate change. The ambition for Cape Farewell was to create a new bank of ideas, of imagery, of writing - to find a new language to talk about climate change.” It also has logos with embeded links to: the National Oceanography Centre Southampton, the British Geological Survey, the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, the Scottish Association of Marine Science and the Environmental Institute of University College London.
“Facts and Issues”: http://www.capefarewell.com/climate-science/facts.html has some rather contradictory information. It starts by saying: “There appears to be enough evidence over the last century to indicate that global warming is taking place, though even this is still disputed by some. What is in greater dispute are its causes. There is some evidence that people's economic and other activities are causing the change because of various forms of pollution and land use change. The increased amounts of C02 in the atmosphere as a result of burning fossil fuels is blamed by many as one of the main causes. There are, however alternative explanations that show how longer term climatic changes can occur for a variety of reasons.”
- all showing a degree of sceptiscm. But then states:
“World economies demand we continue to burn fossil fuels, notably coal, to deliver power at the cheapest cost. Rising CO2 and Methane levels are the reason for global warming, and their use continues to push up the world's temperature to dangerous levels, predicting worldwide economic and social destabilisation, let alone any concerns for the welfare of the planet.”
From the “Facts” page: http://www.capefarewell.com/climate-science/facts/facts.html
we learn that: “One of the primary sources of information about climate change are the Assessment Reports from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
These reports are written by a team of scientists and contain clear facts about what is happening.”
Then further down:
“Scientists have developed sophisticated systems that allow them to predict what will happen to our climate in the next 100 years. These systems aren't perfect and there is a range of possible outcomes.”
The “Scientific Evidence” page: http://www.capefarewell.com/climate-science/facts/scientific-evidence.html refers to “The direct correlation between temperature and CO2 levels: as the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rise, so does the temperature.” But fails to mention that historically CO2 levels have lagged behind temperatures by some 800 years. There are further references to temperature measurements and accompanying graphs sourced from the IPCC, but these graphs are missing from the page.
A rather long talk given by journalist Ross Gelbspan in 2006 is worth reading just to compare his claims with what we now know as a result of the UEA CRU “leak”:
The “Art Resources” page:
has 7 downloadable videos and accompanying notes, to encourage them to use art to get the enivironmental message over to a wider audience.
has 8 videos and notes on a range of subjects. This is aimed at teachers, to help them intoduce climate-science to pupils.
Further material is available for GCSE projects. The book and accompanying DVD “Burning Ice” get frequent mention throughout the site.
“Links and Resources”:
includes many popular pro – AGW sites, such as the BBC, IPCC, Tyndal Centre, CRU, Met Office, EPA, WWF.
There are also blogs for each of the expeditions, including the most recent during September and October this year (2010): http://www.capefarewell.com/2010expedition/
Notes: The most recent accounts show that Cape Farewell is based at the Southbank Centre, the major sponsor being the Arts Council. A copy (PDF) can be downloaded here:
(7.4) Clean Air Kids . Notes by JS
(the clean-air-kids site [correction added 16Oct10, thanks to email from Sue Spolton] is not part of an 'independent educational resources' site called 'topmarks', and this in turn seems to be from a partnership called 'Topmarks Education', run by Sue and Chris Spolton [I apologise for suggesting that it might have been part of either]. Links from there lead to a website called http://www.greenhouse-warming.org.uk/, another called http://www.sustainable-environment.org.uk/, a third called http://www.weather-climate.org.uk/, a fourth called http://www.ozone-hole.org.uk/, and a fifth called http://www.air-quality.org.uk/. All with the same layout, and identical anonymity.
(7.5) Kids for Saving the Earth . Notes by JS.
(a propaganda song broadcasts when you link . Mao would have been so proud) An American non-profit based in Minnesota, intent on politicising children, even very young children, across a range of issues including climate change. Their global warming postion and suggestions for action are given in a pdf file downloadable from here: http://www.kidsforsavingearth.org/whatsnew.html. Usual stuff - atmosphere compared to a greenhouse!
(7.6) ClimateKids - NASA site.
'You don’t get that impression from NASA’s ‘Climate Kids‘ website. I told myself I wouldn’t use the word propaganda in this post, but the website is so one-sided and it is so obviously designed to appeal to emotion I don’t know what else to call it. Go ahead and visit before I describe it and see if you agree. I’ll wait.
Alright. In this post I will give you a tour of their site, hitting all the main sections. This is quite a long post with lots of pictures and one video, so take your time reading this one. Let’s first take a look at their ‘Big Questions‘ section. The first big question is What does “global climate change” mean? In the answer, the following two points appear:'
He finishes his piece with this:
'There is an obvious question to be asked here. Why do we need federal agencies to create programs which educate children about climate change? Even if we ignore that question and accept the role of federal agencies as educators, we still are left with a completely one-sided presentation. There is no mention in the NASA site of uncertainties. There is practically no timescale presented to give context. The site urges children to pick certain 'green' careers over others. The positives of renewable energy are praised, with no mention of the drawbacks. Whether or not you believe this site should even exist (with taxpayer funding), certainly we can all agree the issues presented need to be balanced. There is no balance on the NASA Climate Kids website. I'd wager that if all references to NASA were removed, the site would be indistinguishable from an environmentalist site.
NASA, can't you find something better to do with our money?'