Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Eco-terrorism fantasy film: No Pressure

I came across through a National Post column piece, the following 'humourous' video put on by some insignificant Green organization 10:10UK

Eco-terrorism fantasy film: No Pressure

Apparently, the management of this outfit did not initially find the video to be deleterious to their cause. However, they quickly reversed themselves and provided the following apology...

From their website...

Statement from 10:10 UK director
4 Oct 10

As you may have heard, last week, 10:10 made a mistake by releasing a short film about cutting carbon which was supposed to be humorous but in the event upset a lot of people. We quickly realized that we had made a serious mistake and took it down from our website within hours.

We also issued a statement apologizing but there has subsequently been quite a lot of negative comment, particularly on blogs, and understandable concern from others working hard to build support for action on climate change.

We are also sorry to our corporate sponsors, delivery partners and board members, who have been implicated in this situation despite having no involvement in the film’s production or release

I am very sorry for our mistake and want to reassure you that we will do everything in our power to ensure it does not happen again.

10:10 is a young and creative team but we will learn lessons from this. We are going to investigate what happened, review our processes and procedures, and share the results with our partners. Responsibility for this process is being taken by the 10:10 board of directors.

This media coverage for this film was not the kind of publicity we wanted for the cause of saving the climate, nor for 10:10, and we certainly didn’t mean to do anything to distract from all the efforts of those in other organizations who are working so hard to secure effective action on climate change.

If you have been in touch with us personally about the film, we will be replying to individual emails over the next few days. I’m sorry not to have emailed you about this more quickly - although I have followed developments closely, I’ve been working from home with a four-week-old baby. I thank you for your patience and your support for the 10:10 campaign.

Eugenie Harvey
Director 10:10 UK

I couldn't resist sending a note to them.
October 6th, 2010

Dear Mr. Eugenie Harvey (Director 10:10 UK):

I must thank your organization for my bemusement of the day. You have certainly done for environmentalism what Terry Jones contributed to Islamophobia. For your wet dream of a video "Eco-terrorism fantasy film No Pressure" has outdone itself; exceeding the depiction of every caricature that your movement's adversaries have ever invented about its adherents.

I am not a environmentalist skeptic; having given concern to ecology well before it became a publicly acceptable and prima donna cause. However, my experience with its missionaries and their infidelity to truthfulness, proneness to the use of the emotional manipulation of catastrophic and their ayatollan zeal, has resulted in the conclusion that environmentalists are too dangerous for the environment. For, if indeed, mankind does sleepwalk into ecological disaster, a large part of the blame must be laid at those Green advocates who cried wolf too often or engaged too fervently in the Platonic/Straussian noble lie; thereby discrediting their cause and their concern.

I am not particularly horrified by the video. So you need not respond to this email. You folks have surely put your organization on the map of the information world. For, I do hope that this video goes viral. For, in this era where prudence has buried itself in the bowels of the earth, I stand in awe of the wondrous lack of political astuteness that the release of this film represents. Indeed, I would nominate it for the "How to Win Friends and Influence People" award for 2010.

Sincerely yours,

John Hutchinson


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