Widespread blackout in Yonkers, NY. Photo by Eric.
On Friday, we’ll be airing a very special episode of Sesame Street.
A hurricane has swept through Sesame Street and everyone is working together to clean up the neighborhood. When Big Bird checks on his home, he is heartbroken to find that the storm has destroyed his nest. Big Bird’s friends and neighbors gather to show their support and let him know they can fix his home, but it will take time. While everyone on Sesame Street spends the next few days cleaning up and making repairs, Big Bird still has moments where he is sad, angry, and confused. His friends help him cope with his emotions by talking about what happened, drawing pictures together, and giving him lots of hugs. They also comfort Big Bird by offering him temporary places he can eat, sleep, and play. Big Bird remembers all the good times he had at his nest and realizes that once it is rebuilt, there are more good times and memories to come. Finally the day has come where most of the repairs to Big Bird’s home are done and his nest is complete. As he is about to try it out, though, the city nest inspector says it not safe, yet, because the mud isn’t dry. Big Bird is sad that he has to wait another day, but Snuffy comes to the rescue and blows the nest dry and he passes the test! Big Bird thanks everyone for being his friend and helping to rebuild his nest and his home.
Please check your local listings to see what time the episode will air on PBS.
Sesame Street helps even adult viewers deal with tough situations, such as Hurricane Sandy. -BdM
On Friday, Big Bird will have his own climate story to share — as his friends and neighbors help him deal with the loss of his home due to a hurricane.
Storm surge from the East River claims a helipad on FDR Drive in New York City. Photo by Christine.
Flooding covers 34th St. and the lower FDR Drive roadway in New York City. Photo by Christine.
Storm damage in Syosset, Long Island, NY. Photo by Andrew.
Sandy volunteers Jacobi Church, Brooklyn, NY, as part of a citizen-led response effort coordinated by Occupy Wall St & 350.org.
Thursday, Nov 1st: Longtime activist and Hurricane Sandy survivor Ted Glickgot arm’s distance to Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney at a Virginia Rally, and called on him to break his climate silence. Romney responded with awkward, smiling silence.
Watch the video here.
Ted: Romney! What about climate? That’s what caused this monster storm! Climate change!
CROWD: BOO! USA! USA! USA!
Atlantic City, New Jersey, resident Kim Johnson inspects the area around her apartment building, which was flooded out by Hurricane Sandy. Photo by CNN.