Climate and Energy Documentaries and Discussion
Osher (50+). This course reviews documentaries surrounding climate and energy and how this creates an effective communication path between the scientific community and the public.
What you can learn.
- Evaluate scientific and factual accuracy of documentaries
- Analyze how documentaries are used as communication channels
- Analyze the influence of documentaries on the public
About this course:
Effective communication between the scientific community and the public is especially important during this time of official denial of the existence of global warming and its resultant climate change. One vehicle that potentially can reach large numbers of citizens is the documentary. In this course we view and discuss a documentary in each meeting. Participants evaluate its scientific and general factual accuracy, what its objectives appear to be, how appropriate and effective its methods and tone are, and how successful it is in meeting its apparent goals. Documentaries include: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Chasing Ice, Before the Flood, and more.