A high-ranking Obama administration official wants to teach kids about climate change with the help of characters from Disney’s animated film, “Frozen.”
Retired U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Robert Papp Jr., the State Department’s envoy for the Arctic, said the Disney characters would be ideal for teaching children about the negative impact global warming is having on the polar bear population, according to The Hill.
“I said, ‘You’ve taught an entire generation about the Arctic,” Papp, speaking this week at a conference in Norway, said he told a Disney official. “Unfortunately, the Arctic that you’ve taught them about is a fantasy kingdom in Norway, where everything is nice.”
America’s youth need be educated “about the plight of the polar bear, about the thawing tundra, about Alaskan villages that run the risk of falling into the sea because of the lack of sea ice protecting their shores,” Papp said.
Disney executives weren’t exactly enthusiastic about the idea. The company prefers to produce happier, more optimistic films, The Hill reported.
“We’re regrouping on our story line, and we still have Disney engaged, but there’s more yet to come there,” Papp said.
The Hill also reported:
The 2013 musical film about a princess’s journey with an iceman in Norway has been a massive financial success, won two Academy Awards and is the highest grossing animated film of all time.
Papp, who was named the Obama administration’s top diplomat for the Arctic in July, said he has seen “Frozen” about 20 times, thanks large to his two granddaughters who are obsessed with it.
Papp credited a staffer in his office with the idea to use the movie to teach about climate change.
The Arctic is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the planet, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
However, by Oct. 1, 2014, satellite data showed that that the world has not warmed for 18 years, according to CNS News.
CNS News also reported:
The Earth’s temperature has “plateaued” and there has been no global warming for at least the last 18 years, says Dr. John Christy, professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) at the University of Alabama/Huntsville.
“That’s basically a fact. There’s not much to comment on,” Christy said when CNSNews.com asked him to remark on the lack of global warming for nearly two decades as of October 1st.
If NOAA is correct and the Arctic is warming at twice the rate as the entire planet, twice of nothing is pretty much nothing.(
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