The images of children under water jets have nothing to do with heat wave topics in JT

This Wednesday, June 15, according to Météo France, temperatures will be very high: from 32 to 35 ° C in the northern half, more than 40 ° C in certain areas of the southwestern quarter. In a few days they will be between 9 and 15 degrees above the “normal of the season”.

Because we like vanilla ice cream and wearing sunglasses, we watch these episodes with some indifference. Cool, is it summer? None. It is time to forget our dreams of tanning to realize that it is a phenomenon that is becoming recurring and increasing under the influence of global warming.

Unfortunately, TV of laziness and taste for entertainment gives a perfectly sympathetic picture. An image of climate denial. For no, a hundred times no, an early and recurring heat wave, it is not a lovely sunny day where we look at the children in the swimming pool. The heat wave is not gender. The heat wave is not a fountain where children shout happy.

However, it is the most frequent TV picture. She almost became a TV chestnut tree: “Hi, it’s hot, try to find kids playing with the raft outside, it will make some cool pictures. And then also, go for a walk in Parc Monceau, there are definitely people on picnic, it’s cool.

The heat wave is not pretty

Uh … no, the heat wave is neither nice nor friendly. The heat wave is not the Martin family who started their swimming pool two weeks earlier this year. Even less the manufacturer of swimming pools or the seller of air conditioners who testify to the success of their small businesses.

The heat wave is a big problem. A collective, global, human problem. The heat wave is:

  • Trees that burn and species that go up north or in height;
  • Invasive species and others that are disappearing weaken biodiversity;
  • Weakened groundwater;
  • Reduced or lost harvest, with increased water consumption which obviously does not solve anything;
  • People hospitalized, others dying;
  • Foolish short-term behavior, such as resorting to complete air conditioning, which only highlights the heating;
  • Etc. And in this, etc., we will find plenty of other reasons to worry.

Quad we are looking for pictures to show in the air, we are unfortunately spoiled for choice. There are many consequences of rising temperatures. They are there, within sight, and they are much more relevant than water jets in the city center. Because those water jets are just looking away.

When there is a fire, we show the flames

When there is a hailstorm, is the TV news so interested in a family being put together on their couch? “It’s raining outside, we prefer to stay at home, it’s much better. Only problem: we have to turn up the volume because it is noisy. None. You show hail and the effect of hail.

When there is a mudslide, do you then go and interview the guy who waters his tomatoes 50 miles away because it was not raining at home? We, you show the mudslide and the disaster it causes.

When there are forest fires, do you show children playing in the water? “We’re fine here, no reason for Canadair.” None. You show the forest fires and their consequences.

So why not do the same with a heatwave, which is also one of the effects of global warming? Where is the problem? The topic is vague, a little familiar? That’s wrong: Reports pile up, and with three clicks you’ll find tons of data and a variety of story ideas.

Global warming must be illustrated with realistic images

It is a matter of editorial responsibility, but even more so of reflection and ingenuity. Forget your lazy reporting and search. Show realistic images of global warming. It’s easy: they’re everywhere.

Call associations that will put these small disasters before the eyes of you who seem to be gathering. A bird or batrachian that has disappeared. A dry pond or river. Cornfields to be watered until thirsty. Trees with scorched leaves. Look for motorists who turn on the air conditioning or drive at 150 km / h. Find the restaurants that heated their patios this winter. Show caps for beaches or winter sports. Find companies that greenwash (again, it’s easy: they all greenwash).

Film concrete cities, mineral to the bone. Ask city planners. Show the massive casting, the trees being uprooted, the suburbs and shopping malls stretching everywhere and for every square inch of concrete removing a little freshness. Ask the mayors who agree. Ask Uber Eats customers and the like if it’s a good idea to spin scooters for pizza. Find photos of Formula 1 races, airline ads or sedans in your archives.

Give the floor to the specialists

Look for specialists in global warming. Scientists. Members of the IPCC or associations. Invite journalists. There are lots of people who know the energy, the climate, the environment, that we never look at your sets, and who have a lot to say.

Forget your fake experts who will talk about global warming, as they talked about vaccines or Ukraine yesterday: in a banal or insane way. These microphone columns cost you money and serve no purpose.

Take the time to listen to the people you invite. Avoid clashes and sterile debates. Give us time to hear the real thing. The reality of global warming, what awaits and threatens us. Take a look at our neighbors, who are also in the heat of the mouth. This heat wave is French, but global warming is global warming.

The topic is crucial. He deserves a little bit of available brain time. Please, ladies and gentlemen on TV, this Wednesday and the following days, spare us the pictures of children laughing under the navy. We do not want to laugh.

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