Target: BBC Trust Acting Chairman Diane Coyle
Goal: Thank the BBC Trust for limiting the amount of airtime given to deniers of climate change
In a victory for accurate reporting on environmental issues, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced new regulations concerning the network’s coverage of climate change. The BBC Trust, the group that manages the entire service, has decided that in the interests of fairness and accurate scientific reporting, a false balance should no longer be struck between those who accept man-made climate change and those who deny it. As such, deniers will have much less air time compared to those who accept the reality of the situation.
Two independent studies have indicated that between 95-97% of publishing scientists accept man-made climate change as fact, according to Skeptical Science. However, climate change deniers often receive an equal news media platform. This equality confuses the issue by making it appear to the casual observer that there is an even split between credible experts who think climate change is real and caused by humans and credible experts who think it is not, according to Think Progress.
The BBC delivers the news to many people around the world, and from now on the picture they receive will be a little more accurate. Destructive climate change cannot be halted without people being aware of the issue and the dangers to come. By signing this petition, you will thank the Acting Chairman of the BBC Trust for furthering the cause of accuracy in media.
Dear Acting Chairman Coyle,
The BBC Trust recently made a decision to limit the amount of airtime that climate change deniers will receive on your network. Giving equal time to those who accept man-made climate change and those who do not creates an artificial balance that implies the issue is not settled. In fact, 95-97% of publishing scientists agree that climate change is a real threat and that it is caused by humans.
The news media has a responsibility to inform those who rely on it. Your decision will ensure that the BBC will give a more accurate picture on the subject of climate change. Thank you for striking this blow for accurate reporting.
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