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Oh It’s Real Alright…

I cannot for the life of me understand why despite significant scientific evidence (… have you seen the documentary film Chasing Ice?) certain people persist in denying the fact that our planet’s climate is changing, and not for the better. The worst part is that some of these voices are elected officials, so called thought leaders, who swore an oath to do the Peoples business in Washington. Could they have had their fingers crossed?

I mean we are sorely lacking in meaningful national policy that would establish both short and long term solutions for dealing with the sea level rise lurking around our shorelines–not to mention the potential for super-damaging storm surge that threatens our towns and cities, from sea to shining sea. The adaptation of meaningful national policy would necessitate that Republicans and Democrats actually acknowledge the science then work together for the good of the country. Wow!

Once upon a time, a scant 30 years ago, the parties actually came together to create and pass a piece of landmark legislation designed to protect our nation’s coastal barrier lands–sandy stretches rimming the mainland along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts, and later amended to include the Great Lakes and even island territories. Most people aren’t even aware of this straightforward, far reaching law that protects areas that are home to incredible plant and marine life–lands that will continue to buffer infrastructure from the effects of sea level rise.

The Coastal Barrier Resources Act was co-authored by former Representative Tom Evans (R) Delaware and signed by none other than Ronald Reagan, a really BIG Republican. Like the late Russ Peterson, Tom in his post-elected life has become a full time advocate for protecting and sustaining our environment. You see it now seems that there are powerful interests trying to chip away at protected coastal areas in order to release lands now protected by COBRA for development–and LOTS of costly Federal subsidies.

This is high drama, friends, and the kind of story we need to tell and re-tell, because once these lands are developed, they’re gone–until that is a Super Storm washes away the development and We The People get to subsidize the developers. So we’re researching, interviewing, scripting, shooting and editing-away on this story! Check out our work-in-progress. Oh and even if you’re not into hugging trees, you might want to learn how to climb one while the climate change deniers in Washington persist in stalling any meaningful dialogue that could evolve into the adaptation of meaningful policy…just sayin’.

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About Sharon Baker

Sharon Baker’s creative expertise and life long interest in advancing social justice through critical storytelling have been the driving forces behind TELEDUCTION's success since its expansion to film and television in 1982. Expert in the art of the interview, she has documented the struggles and achievements of people in neighborhoods throughout the US, and in settings in Africa, China, Central America and elsewhere, tapping into the humanity of her subjects from the powerless…to Presidents. Her titles include Cartoons Go to War, Whispers of Angels, With All Deliberate Speed: Brown v. Board, Estamos Aqui and Why I Write. TELEDUCTION programs have been broadcast via American Public Television, The History Channel, The BRAVO Network, National Geographic Worldwide, and are in educational distribution throughout the US. Sharon’s extensive experience as a producer, director, writer and photographer has netted her prestigious industry awards Emmys, National Gabriel, bronze and silver Chris Awards) and Palm D’Or at distinguished Film Festivals, including the Heartland International Film Festival(2011).
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