This is a video about climate change and the global “tipping point” by freelance animator Leo Murray of WakeUp, Freak Out. Behold!
The rhetoric of this short departs from the analytic strategies of An Inconvenient Truth and The 11th Hour, the heroic romance of Wall-E, and especially the apocalyptic cool of The Day the Earth Stood Still. It is unapologetically alarmist and confrontational, aiming, as its mother web site says, to freak people out and then get them going.
My question would be: is this an appropriate short to show to students? More specifically, should we aim to make students more afraid than they are–or to remind them of how afraid they are– in order to get them going?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Note: As careful readers have noted, there is no list of sources in the video itself. However, should you want to point your students towards the science behind the video, you can follow the link to the animator’s site that appears at the top of the post, where you will find a list of sources. Thanks to everyone who asked about this.