BBC For Kids Face Heavy Criticism After Listing The 'Positive' Impacts Of Climate Change
On 3rd July 2021
BBC Bitesize has faced criticism over its content where it has shared the positive impact of climate change. Internet is furious and slamming the website for teaching the young generation the wrong things. BBC has taken an action to correct its measure but has not released any statement over it yet.
BBC is facing the fury of people after its kids' website posts a list about climate change on their educational site, BBC Bitesize.
The website published the list on the site and included both "the positive and negative" aspects of climate change. Included in the "positive" impacts of climate change were topics such as tourism and an increase in oil availability.
The 'positive aspects' of climate change included topics such as "flourishing" animal and plant life as well as climate change leading to "healthier outdoor lifestyles", many people felt climate change should not be taught in such a way to compare positive and negative effects.
It is believed that the reason shared behind this is that the potential benefits of climate change may yield greatly as compared to the environmental and societal costs.
The website has faced great criticism over the content and one such person to criticize is the writer and environmentalist George Monbiot. Monbiot took to Twitter to call out BBC over its published list of the "positive" impacts of climate change.
This is what @bbcbitesize is teaching our children about climate breakdown. I'm sorry, but it's an absolute disgrace. You could come away thinking: "on balance, it sounds pretty good". It could have been written by Exxon.
The BBC has a long and disgraceful history of both-sidesing the greatest threat to life on Earth. Every so often, it puts out a memo claiming it has got its act together. Then it fails again. People who make this content believe "neutrality" = impartiality. It's the opposite.
The environmentalist writer also went on to criticize the supposed "positive" impacts listed.
Here is one of the "positive" aspects of the collapse of our life support systems it lists: "more resources, such as oil, becoming available in places such as Alaska and Siberia when the ice melts". Are they actually trying to misdirect and bamboozle GCSE students?
Monbiot's reaction on Twitter led to other people taking to social media in calling out the website, such as journalist Henry Mance and Advantage Schools CEO Stuart Lock, also criticized The BBC's decision to try to make climate change palatable for children.
Mance pointed out the list portrayed the usage of oil, which leads to harmful emissions that damage the environment, in a positive light.
Locke even called out the list and called it 'flat wrong.'
Many people took to Twitter to call out the forum to express their outrage over the list targeted towards children.
Facing heavy criticism from Monbiot The BBC quickly cleared their position.
Since Monbiot's original call-out, The BBC has taken the list of climate change "positives" off of the BBC Bitesize page and has only shared the negative impact of climate change.