The United Nations has been forced to pull a video about climate change because greenies violently objected to its attempts to be funny about a subject they considered far too serious for levity.
According to Climate Home News:
Viewers complained the advert for its Climate Neutral Now scheme appeared to mock green lifestyle choices and downplay the urgency of the climate challenge.
“OK, we know that’s slightly impractical, so here’s the real solution,” said the narrator, directing viewers to a revamped website where they can pay to cancel emission reduction credits issued through the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Cancelling your holidays, selling your car, taking cold showers? Stop breathing, even? There are easier ways to take #climateaction: visit our website to calculate your emissions, reduce & offset them, and …. breathe easy! https://t.co/naUkZguz49 #climattitude pic.twitter.com/ZqdzHH4rsg
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) August 29, 2018
But the greenies hated it:
Shameful video. Some at #UNFCCC should pay more attention to the message that will come out of the IPCC in October – particularly in relation to the role that lifestyle choices that lower energy demand can play to achieve the #1o5c goal. Please take this video down ASAP
— Sébastien Duyck (@duycks) August 29, 2018
Bizarre. Would work well as satire, not as a serious commercial. Did @UNFCCC really produce this themselves?
Carbon offsetting may be part of the solution, but it's surely no magic wand but a gamble. Framing it like this, mocking necessary lifestyle changes, is very unhelpful.
— Adam Leckius (@adamleckius) August 29, 2018
Why are you trying to discourage people from doing actually effective things like driving less and not eating meat?
— Rob Wallis (@ghezbora) August 29, 2018
So the UN withdrew the video.
This is not, of course, the first time climate alarmists have tried to make a funny video and failed horribly.
The most memorable example was the infamous ‘No Pressure’ video in which schoolchildren who failed to show sufficient zeal about climate change were executed by their teacher – played by the X-Files’ Gillian Anderson – who pressed a button on her desk and caused their heads graphically to explode.
That video too had to be withdrawn after the green activists who made it belatedly became aware that it was sending out the wrong signals about the nature of the environmentalist cause.