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Last June, I posted a video of an interesting call to action on the climate change issue. The maker of that video, Greg Craven (aka wonderingmind42), then posted a few more videos trying to patch holes in the first one, in a rather frazzled tone.

Apparently, he then took a step back, regrouped, and made a new video summarizing his argument for taking action. It's tighter than the first one by a good margin, and I dig it:

There's even an expansion pack: A comprehensive response to every question and objection he could think of, in the form of 6+ hours worth of 10-minute videos. It's intimidating in size, but there's a handy index and menu, so it's possible to skip to the critical bits.

Craven got slammed in the responses to his first video, but he says that the response to this one has been vastly more positive, and there have been more people helping him to field the critiques. There's been some mainstream press coverage, and there are now two websites dedicated to spreading the word, neither started by Craven. (One of them offers the whole 7-hour series on DVD, at cost (and in higher resolution than YouTube can provide).) And Perigee has offered him a book contract.

The phenomenon definitely gives me pause. This guy is just a high school science teacher, and he made these videos at home, on a very low budget. He's fired up, reasonably cute, and definitely articulate, but other than that, he really is just some guy. But he's gotten an awful lot of people to listen, if only for 10 minutes, and a decent number of people to act. That's like my life dream, right there. It's nice to know it's possible.


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Jul. 6th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
That was very well put-together, and quite well articulated. That's 10 minutes of my life I don't mind having spent watching this guy. I may point some friends in the direction of this video. Thanks for posting it!
Jul. 7th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
With one exception, I loved that video! Clear, fun, engaging, I just hope that the people who need to see it find it. Also of interest are Brad Hick's views--he claims that he doesn't believe in "anthropogenic" climate change, but he believes that we should be switching over the a more green society regardless. He's also one of my favorite thoughtful 'bloggers on a wide variety of topics.

I should also say that I'm resisting the urge to go on and on about how excited I get by the democratization of media inherent in youTube, &c.
Jul. 7th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
The one exception: That silly grid.

I still really hate this Wager, I think that's a real mistake. It's "works" for Pascal only you claim that the cost of theism is literally nill. Otherwise, it's a question of cost/risk analysis, and he doesn't address the probabilities.

To put it another way, he didn't say anything with his grid that I couldn't also say about the Rapture with a similar grid. The difference is that we have good reason to believe that Global Warming is more likely than the Rapture, and that is the important thing to focus on.

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