Re the 10:10 video "in which they advocate the execution of anyone who disagrees with their demands", the following APOLOGY was presented by the producers:
Today we put up a mini-movie about 10:10 and climate change called 'No Pressure'.
With climate change becoming increasingly threatening, and decreasingly talked about in the media, we wanted to find a way to bring this critical issue back into the headlines whilst making people laugh. We were therefore delighted when Britain's leading comedy writer, Richard Curtis - writer of Blackadder, Four Weddings, Notting Hill and many others - agreed to write a short film for the 10:10 campaign. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn't and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended.
As a result of these concerns we've taken it off our website.
We'd like to thank the 50+ film professionals and 40+ actors and extras and who gave their time and equipment to the film for free. We greatly value your contributions and the tremendous enthusiasm and professionalism you brought to the project.
At 10:10 we're all about trying new and creative ways of getting people to take action on climate change. Unfortunately in this instance we missed the mark. Oh well, we live and learn.
Onwards and upwards,
Eugenie, Franny, Daniel, Lizzie and the whole 10:10 team
Do you really think these are eco-terrorists who had actually planned to kill people? Or passionate people (as you clearly are) who got it wrong and admitted as much?
Which group has some sense of proportion?
Anyway, I'm going to carry on leaving this to the "so-called experts" (so-called because they are experts). A final thought though, can we as a professional institution really support the idea that those who have reached a level of academic prestige should be considered incompetant merely because we do not understand their field? What does that say about our professionalism? I will have to leave that to be debated here as a) life's too short and b) I am off to consume huge amounts of fossil fuels flying around Europe. (And no, I do not work in, and have no connection with, the alternative energy sector.)
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
"The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress." Joseph Joubert