Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Prophetic voices and events - Where was the media on climate change in 2017?

Lisa Hymas, the climate and energy program director at Media Matters, has said that the biggest missed story in 2017 by the media is climate change. Ms. Hymas writes that while the media focused on the shenanigans of Donald Trump, it failed to connect the dots of climate change which has contributed to the weather disasters of huricanes, fires, melting glazier ice, rising sea levels, and continued rising of Carbon Dioxide in our atmosphere.

Hymas is just one of several people like Al Gore and James Hansen and Bill McKibben who have raised prophetic voices and organized inhabitants of the planet to take steps to protect our environment and ecologies.

These efforts fly in the face of corporations who profit from fossil fuels and U.S. President Donald Trump who has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate accords. To overcome climate change deniers, capitalist polluters, political sell-outs, an unresponsive media, the citizen demand for political and corporate accountability must continue to grow.

We must each do our part responding to these prophetic voices and adding our own until the chorus of calls to protect Mother Earth are heard around the planet.

Unitarian Universalists in particular need to act on their seventh principle in which they covenant together to affirm and promote the "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."

For more from Lisa Hymas click here.


  1. I like your new series on prophetic voices and events. This article on the media's failure to adequately cover climate change because of its pre-occupation with more sensational antics is spot on. Perhaps the efforts of UUs should be to get the media to cover this topic of climate change which is so essential to our well being. I contribute to independent media like Democracy Now and Mother Jones. Perhaps more pressue could be brought to bear on NPR and PBS to cover these topics.

  2. 2018 will be an important year to work on "fake news" and to ask the media for the information we need to improve life on this planet. The media should exist for public service not entertainment for corporate profits. I will be choosing and supporting the media I consume in a literate fashion and stop supporting the advertisers that make the "fake news" possible.

  3. Does it make you feel better to feel superior to see what a jerk Donald Trump can make of himself, or learn more about how to save our planet? The media is making money appealing to your sense of superiority because Trump says outlandish and foolish things that rile people up. Totally distracting from what's really important. Time to refocus in 2018 and improve our world. It starts with me not with Trump.