Saturday, February 25, 2012

Keep Climate Denial Out of Our Schools, Corey Husic


I'm sharing the following because people need to stand up to the willful manipulation and lying that is Heartland Institute's stock'n trade.
Corey Husic and high school friends put together this
video and open-letter to Heartland Institute
as a response to Heartland Institute's plans for flooding schools with contrarian fiction/science
focused on creating confusion rather than supporting any serious learning process.

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Corey Husic, a student and trained Climate Presenter, is sending the message below to Joseph Bast, President and CEO, Heartland Institute. Sign our petition and join Corey in standing up for reality. Say NO to climate denial in our schools. (my highlights)

Dear Mr. Bast {Heartland Institute},
I'm Corey Husic, and I'm a high school student in Pennsylvania. It's come to my attention that you are prepared to spend a significant amount of money on a "global warming curriculum" to teach kids that climate change isn't real.

That's right. According to your own budget documents, you want to hand teachers a curriculum that says global warming is "a major scientific controversy" and that carbon dioxide might not even be a pollutant.

Please be advised: Your entire premise is false. The reality is that our climate is changing now and human activities are a primary cause. I’m just a high school student, so please don’t take my word for it. Just ask any National Academy of Science in the world or just about any actual climate scientist.

Given who pays your bills, your plan doesn’t come as a surprise. According to your own documents, your organization is funded by coal and oil companies with a financial stake in denying climate science — not to mention tobacco companies that tried to convince us smoking doesn't cause cancer.

My generation is already experiencing a very different climate from our parents and grandparents. We will be the ones responsible for making sure coastal cities are able to withstand rising sea levels. We are the ones who will have to protect ourselves from weather extremes like stronger hurricanes, longer droughts and hotter heat waves. Instead of trying to undermine the science that shows humans are causing climate change, we should be learning how those changes are going to affect us and what we can do about it. In other words, teach us something useful.

We respectfully demand that you cease and desist your effort to bring climate change denial into our schools.

Corey Husic
Age 17
Climate Presente

Please click on  Climate Reality Project site and sign Corey's letter.


Another interesting report on Heartland Institute's crazy-making agenda:

Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss the HI's school initiative on The Young Turks

Uploaded by on Feb 18, 2012
"...internal documents acquired by ThinkProgress Green reveal that the Heartland Institute, a right-wing think tank funded by the Koch brothers, Microsoft, and other top corporations, 
is planning to develop a "global warming curriculum" for elementary schoolchildren 
that presents climate science as "a major scientific controversy"...".



I figured may as well include these links courtesy of Richard Littlemore

Heartland Insider Exposes Institute's Budget and Strategy

Deep Climate – Heartland Institute Budget and Strategy Revealed
Greg Laden – Anti-Science Institute’s Insider Reveals Secrets
Planet 3.0 – Is turnabout Fair Play?
Climate Crocks - How is Joe Bast like Joe Camel?
Climate Progress - Heartland Documents Reveal Fringe Denial Group Plans to Pursue Koch Money, 
Dupe Children and Cultivate Revkin



Speaking of getting the message across, here's a look at young climatologists on their day off. 



"In the media landscape there are climate change deniers and believers, but rarely are those speaking about climate change actual climate scientists... "

Here's a little ditty, and it goes like this:
Yo....we're climate scientists.. and there's no denying this Climate Change Is REEEEALL..

Who's a climate scientist...
I'm a climate scientist... . . . . .



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