Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Libya is burning - UN´s Ban Ki-moon goes to Hollywood
While Libya is burning and hundreds of brave pro-democracy demonstrators are killed by Gaddafi´s thugs, Ban Ki-moon, the failed UN secretary-general, takes time out in Tinseltown. The UN is clearly desperate about the fact that its global warming flagship project has hit the rocks. The warmists´ last hope is that Hollywood will save the show with some new scare stories.
Now the beleaguered multi-national agency, fresh from a disappointing round of climate negotiations in Cancun, wants something more concrete: actual story lines in movies, television and social media drawing attention to the dangers of global warming.
The push comes at a time when public concern over climate change has plummeted in the polls and Congress has rejected federal legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
“Usually I speak to prime ministers and presidents, but that has its limits” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who arrived in Los Angeles on Monday for a high-profile Tinseltown outreach effort. “Movie producers, directors, actors — they have global reach.”
The day-long gathering will feature panels titled “The United Nations and Hollywood for a Greener and Better Planet,” “Making Global Warming a HOT Issue” and "Empowering Women and Protecting Children for a Safer World.”
Panelists include such top U.N. brass as the Indian economist Rajendra Pachauri, who chairs the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; a Nobel-prize winning group of scientists; and Christiana Figueres, the Costa Rican diplomat who heads the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and chaired the Cancun talks.
The secretary-general will host a lunch and dinner for several hundred writers, directors and producers andmeet with a handful in private. And he will participate in a "Facebook town hall" with several members of the band Linkin Park, which has used U.N. videos to raise money for Haiti relief efforts.
Read the entire L.A. Times article here.
I note that former railway engineer, Rajendra Pachauri also was in attendance. Maybe he is touting his less than successful smutty romance novel, Return to Almora (laced with steamy sex) for the movie moguls?. Or is Ban proposing a leading role for the Indian in a horror movie?