Radio Disney: Stop promoting oil and gas extraction to kids in your musical roadshow
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Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Radio Disney: Stop promoting oil and gas extraction to kids in your musical roadshow

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      Climate Parents

The nation’s largest children’s radio network, Radio Disney, has joined forces with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association to deliver a musical roadshow to kids that promotes fossil fuel extraction and fracking under the guise of teaching them “science.” (1) The show has already been delivered dozens of times at schools and county fairs across the state. Worse yet, it is being considered for expansion in 2014.

As the mom of two young boys who love Disney movies and music, and also as the Director of Climate Parents, I believe that a family-focused brand like Disney has no business peddling dirty energy to our kids. At Radio Disney’s “Rocking in Ohio” roadshow, popular DJ’s lead kids in games—such as a pipeline building contest—that promote oil and gas drilling in a festive atmosphere where pop music blares and kids receive Disney-themed prizes. There is no mention of the fact that burning fossil fuels is polluting our air and water, giving our kids asthma, and creating dangerous climate impacts like superstorms and droughts that endanger our communities.

It's no surprise that the fossil fuel industry would want to partner with Radio Disney, which broadcasts in more than 35 markets around the country and online and calls itself the "unrivaled broadcast radio network for kids and families." (2) Rhonda Reda, who works for the Ohio Oil and Gas Association, said of the roadshow, "It allows science to be fun. Who better to help than Radio Disney?" (3)

But if Radio Disney were really interested in teaching kids about the relationship between science and energy, it would champion energy that is "kid safe and climate safe"--not carbon polluting fossil fuels that put children at risk.

Parents and families are Disney's most important customers. If enough of us speak out, we can compel them to end this misguided roadshow immediately. Please sign our petition.

 

 

SOURCES:

1. "Disney and Oil Industry Team Up for 'Rocking in Ohio" Even, Huffington Post, 12-21-13
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/21/rocking-in-ohio_n_4480812.html

2.  Radio Disney, ABC Television Group
www.disneyabctv.com/division/index_radio.shtml

3. "Radio Disney visits Newark to make STEM fun," Newark Advocate, 12-15-13 
www.newarkadvocate.com/article/20131214/NEWS01/312140023/

To:
The Walt Disney Company
Robert Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Immediately halt your road show promoting oil and gas extraction and pipelines to kids, and sever your partnership with the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. Radio Disney should not--under the guise of teaching kids "science"--promote fracking and oil drilling, which give kids asthma, pollute our air and water, and fuel climate change.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Monroe Judkovics ENDICOTT, NY
      • 6 days ago

      Protect our environment for our children.

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    • Meredith Bocek OWEGO, NY
      • 6 days ago

      Renewable Energy, no fracking!

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    • john boyles GARIBALDI, OR
      • 10 days ago

      sick of corporate propaganda and

      indoctrination

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    • frank camarda IPSWICH, MA
      • 20 days ago

      A dirty industry should not be able to freely contaminate chidrens minds with their self serving dirty subject

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    • Ruth Nielsen BLACK HAWK, CO
      • 20 days ago

      The oil and gas industries' poisonous brainwashing has gone too far.

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