April 30, 2012

Forecast The Facts Delivers Petition To Discovery Headquarters Urging Accurate and Complete Climate Coverage

Media Advisory For: May 1, 2012
Contact: Blair Fitzgibbon 202-503-6141

At 12:30 pm on Tuesday, May 1, Forecast the Facts will deliver a petition signed by over 10,000 concerned citizens to the headquarters of Discovery Communications, protesting the decision to censor climate science from the popular Frozen Planet documentary series. “It is unacceptable for the world’s largest producer of nonfiction media to create a program about climate change and not actually mention why the climate is changing,” said Forecast the Facts campaign director Daniel Souweine.

The text of the petition (Link: http://act.engagementlab.org/sign/climate_discovery/), signed by over 10,000 members of Forecast the Facts, reads:

We are deeply disappointed by your decision not to explain the science, and human causes, of global warming in your “On Thin Ice” episode of the Frozen Planet series. As the world’s leader in environmental programming, your decision sends a dangerous message to media companies around the world — that it is better to censor yourself than risk criticism by global warming deniers. We call on you to immediately acknowledge this error and to conduct a review of all Discovery programming to ensure no such self-censorship happens again.

Discovery’s decision comes at a time when scientists are growing increasingly vocal about the need for action on climate change. On Tuesday, just a few miles from Discovery’s headquarters, top scientists will be discussing the implications of global warming in the Arctic at the inaugural American Geophysical Union science policy conference (Link: http://sites.agu.org/spconference/agenda/) at the Ronald Reagan Building downtown.

Sadly, the work of these scientists to inform policymakers is being stymied by the corporate-supported efforts to deny the threat of climate pollution. And Discovery’s avoidance of climate science in Frozen Planet appears to be a direct response to the denialist movement. As series producer Vanessa Berlowitz told the New York Times, "…we didn’t want people saying ‘Don’t watch this show because it has a slant on climate change.’”

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/business/media/discoverys-frozen-planet-is-silent-on-causes-of-climate-change.html

What: Delivery of anti-censorship petition to Discovery Communications by Forecast the Facts signatories
Where: 1 Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD
When: 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 1

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