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Eskimo Teen Blubbers About Global Warming

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From C-SPAN, via YouTube:

Hearing on Youth Leadership on Global Warming: Lockwood

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming holds a hearing, “Youth Leadership on Climate Change.” The hearing coincides with Power Shift 2007.

Cheryl Lockwood of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action gives opening testimony.

I can’t stop laughing. — I mean, crying.

By the way, here are some tips about how to deal with the media from Ms. Lockwood’s agit-prop Alaska Youth for Environmental Action group:

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Training Events

2007 SUMMER INSTITUTE: Telling Our Stories

Teens using art and media to create positive environmental change

WHAT is the Summer Institute?

The Summer Institute is an exciting training for teens who want to explore the use of art and media to impact environmental issues in Alaska. Through the use of these tools, we will explore our own leadership styles and passion, creating powerful stories about our environment.

Participants will:

* Explore different forms of media (audio, video, digital)
* Learn about issues that affect our environment, cultures & way of life
* Learn how to use media/art tools to tell our stories about important issues…

Action Tools

As a young environmental or social justice leader, you need to be comfortable talking to the media, organizing your peers, communicating your opinions to the public, and raising money for your cause. AYEA teens have compiled most of these resources themselves, based on their own experiences. Use them for whatever issue or project you are tackling…

Media Tips

The Message

Before you even think about writing a letter, appearing for an interview, or preparing a PSA, you have to have your message clear. This should actually be done as soon as your group has chosen its issue. This way you will always be ready for an unexpected interview.

All messages should have 3 things: a problem, a solution, and an action. Your problem statement should explain what the issue is

The Rules

#1 Stay on message, stay on message, stay on message

When you are being interviewed, try to answer all the questions with your message. Don’t repeat it word for word or the reporter will think you’ve lost your mind, but try to reword the same basic idea. You will repeat your message over and over until you are tired of it! This is how you know you are saying it enough. If you keep saying the same basic thing, the reporter will have to use it for their highlight. If you stray off topic, and the reporter chooses your irrelevant statement to show on TV, you have lost a valuable media opportunity.

#2 Remember, there is no “off the record”

A reporter will use whatever you say. The only difference between off the record and on the record is whether or not you are named as the informant. As long as you are staying on message, this should not be a problem.

#3 Don’t ever lie to the media

It may be tempting to make up statistics or exaggerate slightly, but it isn’t worth it. The reporter will find out, and you will lose all credibility

Obviously this “environmental” group is just indoctrinating more propagandists for their cause, then setting them out like robots to an eagerly receptive media.

Here is an excerpt from the AYEA’s press release on the appearance before Congress (a pdf file):

YOUNG ALASKANS JOIN 5,000 PEERS IN NATION’S CAPITOL FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

Alaskan high school graduates will join 5,000 youth across the nation in Washington, D.C. November 2-5 to push for national action on global climate change. They are part of the Power Shift 2007, the nation’s largest youth-run climate change conference…

The Alaskan group will share direct experiences from “the front lines” of climate change with conference attendees. On Monday, November 5th, AYEA graduate Cheryl Lockwood will testify before a Congressional Select Committee on climate change impacts in Alaska.

Cheryl is Yupik Eskimo from St. Michael village, and has seen parts of her community literally sink into the ocean.

“Hopefully [Power Shift] will get our Congressional leaders to see how much help Alaska needs and take action,” said Ms. Lockwood.

5,000 people had to be transported to DC to serve as a claque for these hearings? Talk about a carbon footprint.

And for what? What did any of this accomplish?

Cheryl is Yupik Eskimo from St. Michael village, and has seen parts of her community literally sink into the ocean.

Well, so much for that rule about not lying to the media.

And yes, of course the AYEA are a 501c3 tax-payer supported “charity.” Did you really have to ask?

(“Blubber” joke shamelessly borrowed from the inimitable Lucianne G.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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