The British government distributed Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth to over 3,500 secondary schools in England, but not without controversy.
Steward Dimmock, a school governor, is now sueing the British government. He says the idea to distribute the An Inconvenient Truth is overtly political and shows bias.
“Given the serious inaccuracies in the film and the misrepresentations it contains, the film is irredeemable.”
-Paul Downes, a lawyer for Dimmock
Dimmock, who has two children in British public schools, aged 11 and 14, claims only half of the Academy Award winning movie contains “scientific fact,” while the rest, is “pure politics” and “sentimental mush.” He believes the movie is out to influence rather than inform, and says the British government is taking part in propaganda in public schools.
The government argues the movie can be presented by teachers in various ways. For instance, posing the question “what do you think?” or merely advising them that the movie is just one opinion.
Would showing the movie fly in public schools in America? Not if it was sanctioned by the government. According to most, the Bush administration is more likely to censor the movie than sponsor it.
The lawsuit does, however, bring up some great topics for discussion. Is climate change a political issue? Afterall, Gore claims it is much more than politics, it is a “moral issue.” And at what rate should school children be subject to climate change predictions? They are, of course, the generation to make a difference.
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