Even as extreme weather worsens and the scientific evidence of human-caused climate change gets more alarming, it was hard to find any television outlets touching the subject this Earth Day.
However, there was one show that addressed climate change with a sense of urgency.
While CNN ran stories about “acts of green” and Fox News hilariously lamented that the earth “is not friendly to human beings,” former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm devoted a large portion of her show, The War Room, to the most pressing environmental story in history.
Granholm featured three segments on climate and energy issues, bringing in Al Gore, Robert Kennedy Jr., and Jeffrey Sachs to talk about the consequences of inaction. She also gave her own forceful monologue urging people to put politicians in office that “will allow your children to have a future on this planet.” As Granholm put it, “Your thinking small does not serve the world”:
“Across the political spectrum Democrats, Independents and Republicans now see that the climate is changing….
The climate is changing. But excuses for inaction have not. And nature doesn’t care about excuses.”
Al Gore appeared on the show, saying that he believes the small group of vocal climate deniers will eventually lose their voice: “We have got to win this. And we will win this. Because the reality is what it is.”
Grahholm also interviewed Robert Kennedy Jr., who lamented the amount of money being spent by large energy companies to sow the seeds of doubt on climate. “You’re getting a tsunami of cash that is pouring into this political process and we know that it has a huge impact. We know propaganda works.” Watch it: