Here’s a surprise…a Hollywood actor boldly sticking his neck out to take a stand against global warming. Never mind that most actors only have a high school education; they are the great thinkers and scientists of today who have made strides in the environmental sciences. Why, just look at the famed scientist and philosopher, Leonardo DiCaprio.
David Strathairn is one of the more educated actors. He actually has a degree from Williams College. He went on to further his studies at clown college (true), which no doubt prepared him for his current role as an environmental spokesman.
This ad for Sierra Club features the actor and his two sons, Tay and Ebbe, looking self-rightous (Tay looks like he may have just smoked some whacky weed—I’m just saying). David proclaims in the headline:
My sons and I are often apart these days, but together we are taking on global warming.
The only problem is that the ad doesn’t actually say how David, Tay, and Ebbe are taking on global warming. Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe they’re taking on global warming by stating they’re taking on global warming. If that’s the case, I’m taking on desalinization of saltwater to provide a plentiful supply of water to the world. In my spare time, I’m taking on curing cancer.
The copy goes on to tout some scheme that says we can cut carbon emissions by 80% if we reduce them by 2% each year between now and 2050. This solution is so simple, I’m kicking myself for not thinking of it first.
In the 1970s, they tried to scare us with global cooling. In the 1980s, they told us that we’d all be dead from AIDS. Today, it’s global warming. In 20 years from now, we’ll have moved onto the next bogeyman, perhaps the Martian Menace.
We’ve never let facts get in the way of a good scare in the past, so why start now?