Tony Robinson: Make the Climate Apocalypse Fun? Speaking at the Launch of “Floodland”

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Left: Baldrick. Source BBC, Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject. Right: the computer game Floodland, source Sky News, Fair Use, Low Resolution Image to Identify the Subject.

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Actor Sir Tony Robinson, who played the downtrodden henchman Baldrick in the British dark comedy series Blackadder, has criticised doom and gloom at the launch of a climate apocalypse computer game.

Climate change message should not be doom and gloom, says Tony Robinson

Sir Tony, who has made several documentaries about climate change, says he has been “frustrated for quite some time” about the way the issue is discussed.

By Martin Kimber, technology reporter 
Sunday 27 November 2022 05:40, UK

Sir Tony Robinson, star of Blackadder and veteran presenter of Time Team, has told Sky News he wants the message of climate change to be less about doom and gloom and more hopeful.

“I’ve been frustrated for quite some time about the way we talk about climate change,” he said.

“It’s like there’s nothing but doom and gloom.

“We might as well just suck our thumbs, sit in the corner and wait to die.”

Sir Tony, who has made several documentaries about climate change, was speaking to mark the launch of video game Floodland, a survival title set after a climate-induced apocalypse.

…Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/tony-robinson-climate-change-message-should-not-be-doom-and-gloom-12756151

I’m not a psychologist, but I’m not sure encouraging frightened kids to play a computer game which helps them visualise and act out their worst nightmares is the path to alleviating their distress?

Tony Robinson is right about one thing; climate advocates embrace too much doom and gloom. The climate community’s unrelieved pessimism will eventually be their undoing, being depressed and miserable stops being fun after a while. But I wish there was a way in the meantime to avert the unspeakable damage greens are doing to the minds and health of vulnerable young people.

via Watts Up With That?

November 28, 2022

Tony Robinson: Make the Climate Apocalypse Fun? Speaking at the Launch of “Floodland” — Watts Up With That?