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  • Hey, Joy, can I ask you something?

  • Sure thing oddly familiar voice.

  • What do you know about climate change?

  • Seems like we're making good progress with hybrid cars

  • and meatless Mondays.

  • We should be pretty good soon, right?

  • If we don't change our behavior by 2030, the damage to earth

  • could be permanent, like that tattoo

  • on your forearm permanent.

  • If it's so obvious what's happening,

  • then why doesn't everyone believe it?

  • First of all, 97% of scientists agree that humans

  • are causing climate change.

  • OK, that's definitely a lot of scientists.

  • If climate change could actually make a big difference,

  • why didn't we know about it sooner?

  • We've actually been aware of our impact

  • on the Earth for thousands of years.

  • Whoa!

  • Ah!

  • Where are we?

  • Ancient Greece.

  • Meet Theophrastus.

  • Theo whatsis?

  • Theophrastus.

  • He was a pupil of Aristotle, and one of the first people

  • to speculate human activity affects climate change.

  • Then in 1824, French physicist Joseph Fourier

  • discovered the Greenhouse Effect.

  • Woo-hoo!

  • You know about the Greenhouse Effect, right, Joy?

  • Of course.

  • It's the thing with the carbon and the footprint and the--

  • OK, I've definitely heard of it, but maybe I

  • don't know exactly what it is.

  • It's when gases from fossil fuels like carbon dioxide

  • thicken a layer of our atmosphere

  • and trap the sun's radiation inside,

  • making the earth warmer.

  • But isn't the earth set up to, like, deal

  • with things like that and balance itself back out?

  • Normally, our oceans absorb the CO2 we emit.

  • But in 1957, two scientists in the US

  • confirmed that our oceans can't actually

  • absorb all of the CO2 our modern civilizations create,

  • despite what we'd always thought.

  • That's why we need to make some major changes and now.

  • If the Earth's getting warmer, than

  • what's up with these record cold winters?

  • Well, some people might not know the difference

  • between weather and climate.

  • Weather is short term, like your mood.

  • Climate is long term, like your personality.

  • I love analogies.

  • Climate change creates more extreme weather overall--

  • hot, cold, you name it.

  • And it's only going to get worse until we take our foot

  • off the gas, literally.

  • So why does Janet from accounting

  • say climate change is fake news?

  • Well, it's no secret that certain industries create

  • lots of greenhouse gases, and some of them

  • are spending big money on politicians and press

  • that deny climate change so some people like Janet

  • from accounting don't stop buying their products.

  • They're choosing their pockets over the planet.

  • And that affects our habitats, our health, and our homes.

  • On top of all the CO2 it absorbs, our ocean

  • now contains more pieces of plastic

  • than there are stars in the sky.

  • And all this plastic emits its own greenhouse gases,

  • which has destroyed precious ecosystems

  • and forced marine life from their homes.

  • But it's not just animals.

  • Seven million people die every year because of air pollution.

  • And over 90% of the world's population

  • live in areas where the air quality is unhealthy.

  • [COUGHS] And we all just quit smoking.

  • At this rate, by 2050, temperatures

  • will increase enough to create severe climates in the US,

  • like the forest fires in California

  • which were 500% bigger due to climate change.

  • 500%?

  • Is anything not on fire?

  • Every year, 22.5 million people are

  • displaced because of natural disasters around the world.

  • Some estimates say that Hurricane Harvey

  • dumped nearly 40% more rain due to climate change.

  • So what do I do?

  • Where do I sign up?

  • There has to be something I can do.

  • The good news is when we all come together,

  • we can make a difference.

  • But the only way we can do that is

  • by raising our voices until the people in power

  • know that it matters to us.

  • In the '80s, when scientists discovered holes

  • in the ozone layer, countries banded

  • together to phase out some of the human-made chemicals

  • responsible.

  • And now, the holes in the northern hemisphere

  • may be repaired by the 2030s.

  • Ew, who even uses hairspray anymore?

  • But we didn't stop there.

  • All over the globe, nations are uniting to protect the planet.

  • In 2015, world leaders reached a landmark deal

  • known as the Paris Agreement.

  • And more than 180 countries have come together

  • with a goal of reducing greenhouse emissions

  • and shifting to renewable energy.

  • Finland plans to ban coal by 2029.

  • And in Scotland, they planted 22 million trees this year

  • to help fight climate change.

  • So Joy, just remember, we all have

  • to do our part to be the change.

  • Shop with reusable bags.

  • Get a reusable water bottle.

  • Unplug appliances when you're not using them.

  • Switch to LED bulbs.

  • Shop vintage.

  • You look great in a jumpsuit.

  • But those aren't good enough.

  • I mean, we've known about this stuff since the old--

  • oh, what's his name?

  • He was the old guy in the woods, and we just met him.

  • Theophrastus!

  • We need to talk about what's happening

  • and get our leaders to listen, otherwise, this place

  • won't be here much longer, and I really

  • can't afford to move right now.

  • Aw, Joy, you've come so far and without using fossil fuels.

  • Thanks.

  • Well, I should go.

  • Wait.

  • Real quick, your voice, you sound just

  • like that girl on Modern Family.

  • Sarah Hyland?

  • No that's not it.

  • I'm pretty sure it is.

  • See you, Joy.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/03
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