Sunday, July 18, 2010

Corporatization of Public Information

The Chicago Field Museum has a new temporary: Climate Change Exhibit

Sponsored by Exelon Corporation, Motorola Foundation, HSBC - North America, Jones Lang LaSalle, and
Whole Foods Market. Additional support by Nalco.

The exhibit concentrates on speculative negative effects of increasing atmospheric CO2 concentration, such as increased growth and virulence of poison ivy, then uses scare tactics and message manipulation to encourage the audience, specifically children to take action to stop Global Warming.

From the Field Museum Climate Change exhibit web site:
"You'll see how the resulting changes affect our planet, causing sea levels to rise, increasing drought and storms, damaging habitats for wildlife, and stressing human societies around the globe.

But all is not lost, the exhibition also poses solutions, illustrating how we can move away from dependence on fossil fuels toward new energy technologies, including solar, wind, nuclear, and other power sources."

The second paragraph illustrates the purpose of the exhibit, to create fear of climate change and to encourage people, especially children, to think of climate change as solely human caused and subject to human manipulation. Visitors to the exhibit are shown solutions to climate change provided by technology, particularly that technology coincidentally provided by these sponsoring corporations:

Exelon Corporation is one of the world's largest producers of nuclear energy, wind farms and other "green" energy projects.

Motorola Foundation, who bring you Motorola cell phones and the multi-billion dollar cell phone industry distracting and confusing billions worldwide.

HSBC, the world's largest banking and financial services group and the world's 8th largest company.

Jones Lang LaSalle is a Chicago based international property investment and management group.

Whole Foods Market is an international "natural" food products company.

Nalco is the supplier of dispersants used on the Gulf oil leak, and has had ongoing ties to Exxon. Daniel S. Sanders, who previously was president of Exxon/Mobil Chemical Company, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, serves on the company board of directors. (BusinessWeek, Nalco Holdings profile)

This Climate Change exhibit is a blatant and cynical attempt by these corporations to frame public awareness of climate change away from the science of climate variation and into the political and economic arenas where they exert greater influence.

This distortion of public information by private for-profit corporations is destructive to democracy and the process of public decision-making. Such manipulation of public information is the root cause of much of human impact on the world environments. Even worse, such self-serving propaganda obscures future meaningful solutions.

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