The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an American government agency, is funding attempts to persuade people of global warming through fictional TV shows.
Climate Pravda reports that a organization called Hollywood Health and Society (HHS) which is funded by the CDC “and several other government sources” as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will work with writers to introduce ideas into TV shows and movies to help push the line that global warming is man-made and catastrophic. It explains that this will not be acknowledged in the credits, as it will be entirely “behind the scenes”:
The folks at HHS do not produce or write TV shows or movies. They don’t appear in the credits. They don’t do public advocacy or political lobbying. They work almost entirely behind the scenes, directly with writers, who come to them to make sure the health issues portrayed in their stories are accurate, or to get ideas for compelling stories based on real health problems.
Just to be absolutely clear on what the CDC and other government bodies are funding here through HHS: this isn’t documentary or factual television we’re talking about, but inserting references to global warming into fictional TV shows and movies.
The program will be run by HHS’s Sandra de Castro Buffington, formerly Vice President of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). CEDPA is funded mainly by the US goverment (more than six millions dollars per year) and currently fails key standards for charity accountability, according to the BBB.
In the interview Ms Buffington addresses the problem of inaccurate information being given about global warming and says that HHS will work with script writers so that “they’ll eventually get it right”. Ms Buffington believes there are many urgent global warming issues for the writers to get their teeth into:
That’s what writers are looking for — the human element. There are whole countries that are sinking. There’s a head of state traveling the world looking for a place to move his country. There are incredible health consequences as a result of global warming. Those are some of the things we can focus on because they impact individuals and communities.
Andy Revkin at the New York Times has some interesting discussion about this going on in the comments section – well worth reading for POV from several people, including Gavin Schmidtt. First up is Michael Zimmerman from the University of Colorado who points out the contentious nature of Ms Buffington’s “whole countries are sinking” claim.
Fictional global warming TV – your tax dollars at work. Enjoy!