Despite getting a frosty reception in U.S. public schools, the (Oscar-nominated) film An Inconvenient Truth will be distributed to every secondary school in the U.K.

Environment Secretary David Miliband and Education Secretary Alan Johnson
made the announcement
last week, citing the film’s ability to illustrate the enormity of the climate crisis without leaving viewers feeling defeated.

“Children are the key to changing society’s long term attitudes to the environment. Not only are they passionate about saving the planet but children also have a big influence over their own families lifestyles and behavior,” said Johnson. “I’m delighted that we are able to make sure every secondary school in the country has a copy to stimulate children into discussing climate change and global warming in school classes.”

The DVDs will be sent to 3,385 secondary schools, where it will be corrupting the bloody minds of viewed by thousands of impressionable British students.

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