Is art the climate change equaliser?

A story headline in the New York Times last Friday saw Jeremy Lovell report that ‘Climate Change Skeptics Out-Dramatize Believers in London’. The article opens thus:

LONDON — Two plays about climate change hit the London stage this month, one airing the views of the convinced and the other, those of the skeptical. Both treat their subject in completely different dramatic ways, but one succeeds, while the other fails dismally.

There then follows a short summary of the warmist hectoring production ‘Greenland’ showing at the National Theatre, and the AGW sceptic drama ‘The Heretic’ showing at the Royal Court Theatre in Chelsea.  It’s a surprising piece that suggests the sceptical message in ‘The Heretic’ bridges the gap between real life and art and succeeds where ‘Greenland’ fails.

In the absence of media balance on the subject of climate change it is interesting that performance art seems to be playing a role in levelling the playing field and getting the sceptic narrative past the warmist groupthink.

5 Responses to “Is art the climate change equaliser?”


  1. 1 Stupidboy 14/02/2011 at 7:01 pm

    Interesting. Not surprising that ‘Greenland’ fails, the Windymillers take themselves and their cult ridiculously seriously.

  2. 2 Martin Brumby 14/02/2011 at 7:44 pm

    We all know Greenland is in meltdown 8<)

  3. 3 Tufty 14/02/2011 at 8:55 pm

    I’m not surprised. I find climate sceptics more at ease with themselves than alarmists. Another clue is that sceptical blogs seem better written and more laid-back than alarmist blogs. How humorous was the 10:10 video? How gripping was An Inconvenient Truth?

  4. 4 Cassandra King 15/02/2011 at 8:22 am

    Saving the planet is not funny, there is no room for humour unless it is of the very cruellest and spiteful kind of course. You may remember alarmist humour from such films as ‘no pressure’ where sceptics and their children are casually murdered in front of their shocked peers in the most bloody way imaginable and eerily similar to the results of the islamist suicide bombers.

    A great many alarmist CAGW cultist thought it was extremely funny apparently to see their enemies so casually murdered with others left alive scared into submission, most ordinary rational people thought it sick and grotesque but what do we know about humour? A cultist faith leads to a seething hatred of those who do not believe, underneath the fabricated cuddly wuddly I wanna teach the world to sing in perfect harmony he aint heavy he’s my brother lays a hate filled fascist anger and intolerance bubbling away like a pot of black tar. Churchill claimed that fascism would return in the guise of anti fascism, they certainly share the same sense of humour.

  5. 5 Brian J. BAKER 15/02/2011 at 11:30 am

    This is not supprising. Think Sergei Mikhailovich Eisensteins “October” for a film that shows the breadth and depth of the Soviet Revolution. Magnificent photography. It was a mirror of the world at that time. In later years Leni Riefenstahl in the Triumph of the Will” again showed mirrored the Nazi rise to power with again brilliant direction and photography. If skeptical art is critically received in the NYT it only goes to show that we are on the right road.


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