Target: Anne Curry, NBC news anchor
Goal: Commend television journalist for covering climate change honestly
Climate change is a subject covered all too rarely by the American news media, and when changes to our Earth’s climate are reported they are all too often minimized in importance. A documentary special, “Anne Curry Reports: Our Year of Extremes – Did Climate Change Just Hit Home?” aired on NBC on April 6, and made great strides to change the way in which news about climate change is reported. The program was notable for reporting from an angle rarely seen on major networks, namely that climate change is settled, established science. While this stance may seem obvious, it is rarely taken in mainstream media for fear of offending viewers with conservative politics.
Curry explained the importance of her project by saying, “If climate scientists are right, we could face a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions. We owe it to our children to put politics aside, and weigh the latest scientific evidence for ourselves.” On April 3, NBC issued an announcement saying, “there is virtually no debate among climate scientists” that climate change is “largely caused by human activity.”
According to the Huffington Post, Sunday news programs spent only twenty-seven minutes covering climate change in all of 2013. Likewise, nightly news programs spent only one hour and 42 minutes discussing climate change in the last year. With recent research confirming that the window of time for halting climate change is rapidly closing, honest reporting is crucial at this time. The world stands at the precipice of great fluctuation in weather and climate.
NBC and Anne Curry’s bold move to report on climate change with accurate science is admirable and deserving of commendation. Let them know we appreciate their efforts today.
Dear Anne Curry,
Thank you for your commitment to reporting on climate change in an accurate and scientific manner. With new research showing that climate change is rapidly worsening, this kind of reporting is more necessary than ever.
I am writing today to congratulate you on “Our Year of Extremes – Did Climate Change just Hit Home” and to urge you to keep up the good work.
[Your Name Here]
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