Monday, September 21, 2009

"WE'RE SCREWED": TABLOID HEIST BLANKETS NEW YORK WITH TRUTH ON CLIMATE CHANGE

"WE'RE SCREWED": MEDIA HEIST BLANKETS CITY WITH "SPECIAL EDITION" NEW
YORK POST
Tabloid Tells Truth About Climate Change and How It Will Affect City,
World

Fake New York Post: http://www.nypost-se.com/
Video News Release: http://www.nypost-se.com/video
City report on climate change: http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/pdf/2009/NPCC_CRI.pdf
Wake-up call: http://www.tcktcktck.org/wakeup

Early this morning, nearly a million New Yorkers were stunned by the
appearance of a "special edition" New York Post blaring headlines that
their city could face deadly heat waves, extreme flooding, and other
lethal effects of global warming within the next few decades. The most
alarming thing about it: the news came from an official City report.

Distributed by over 2000 volunteers throughout New York City, the
paper has been created by The Yes Men and a coalition of activists as
a wake-up call to action on climate change. It appears one day before
a UN summit where Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will push 100 world
leaders to make serious commitments to reduce carbon emissions in the
lead-up to the Copenhagen climate conference in December. Ban has said
that the world has "less than 10 years to halt (the) global rise in
greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences
for people and the planet," adding that Copenhagen is a "once-in-a-
generation opportunity."

Although the 32-page New York Post is a fake, everything in it is 100%
true, with all facts carefully checked by a team of editors and
climate change experts.

"This could be, and should be, a real New York Post," said Andy
Bichlbaum of the Yes Men. "Climate change is the biggest threat
civilization has ever faced, and it should be in the headlines of
every paper, every day until we solve the problem."

The fake Post's cover story ("We're Screwed") reports the frightening
conclusions of a blue-ribbon panel of scientists commissioned by the
mayor's office to determine the potential effects of climate change on
the City. That report was
released in February of this year, but received very little press at
the time. Other lead articles describe the Pentagon's alarmed response
to global warming ("Clear & Present Disaster"), the U.S. government's
sadly minuscule response to
the crisis ("Congress Cops Out on Climate"), China's alternative
energy program ("ChinaÕs Green Leap Forward Overtakes U.S."), and how
if the US doesn't quickly pass a strong climate bill, the crucial
Copenhagen climate talks this December could be a "Flopenhagen."

The paper includes original investigative reporting as well. One
article ("Carbon counter counts New Yorkers as fools") reveals that
Deutsche Bank - which erected a seven-story "carbon counter" in
central Manhattan - not only invests heavily incoal-mining companies
worldwide, but has recently entered the business of coal trading itself.

The paper has the world's gloomiest weather page, covering the next 70
years rather than just 7 days. The "Around the World" section
describes the disproportionate effects of climate change on poorer
parts of the world, including
extreme droughts, floods, famines, water shortages, mass migrations
and conflicts. Developing countries will bear the brunt of climate
change effects even though they have done very little to cause the
problem.

But the paper isn't all doom and gloom. An article called "New York
Fights Back" notes that the carbon emissions of Big Apple residents
are only one third the national average, and that the city is building
1800 miles of bike paths, planting one million trees, and replacing
its fleet of police cars with hybrids. There's also a page of black-
humor cartoons (in one, Charlie Brown finds Snoopy drowned), a gossip
section that takes no prisoners, and a number of truly cheerful ads -
for sex ("Awesome. No carbon emissions."), tote bags, bicycles, and
tap water ("Literally comes right out of your faucet!").

Another ad promotes civil disobedience, encouraging readers to visit http://BeyondTalk.net
and pledge to risk arrest in a planned global action November 30,
just before the conference in Copenhagen.

"We need strong action on climate change," said David Solnit of
Mobilization for Climate Justice West, one of the partners in
BeyondTalk.net. "But history shows that leaders act only when people
take to the streets to demand it. That's whatneeds to happen now."

This paper is one of 2500 initiatives taking place in more than 130
countries as a response to the "Global Wake-up Call" on climate
change. For more information, visit www.tcktcktck.org/wakeup