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  • Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas, and it’s poisonous, so we put ear-splitting alarms in houses to warn us of its dangerous presence.

  • Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are also invisible gases,

  • but without un-ignorable alarms in place, theyve been allowed to cause rapid and dangerous changes to the climate, oceans and ecosystems on earth.

  • Here’s what that looks like for us-- the MinuteEarth team, where we live around the world.

  • I’m Henry, and in the dry Rocky Mountains, drought and wildfires are becoming more frequent and more dangerous,

  • so were spending far more resources to protect our businesses and homes,

  • and then far more days inside them each summer because the smoke is too thick to safely go outside.

  • I'm Kate, and those same droughts in the Rockies mean that less water makes its way down the Colorado River,

  • causing Lake Meadwhich supplies water to mead and 20 million other people, to drop to record low levels.

  • I'm Ever, and here in Venezuela droughts also threaten the Guri Reservoirand all the hydroelectric plants that depend on it, putting more than 60% of our electricity generation at risk.

  • I'm Emily, and in New York City, our biggest problem isn't too little water but too much:

  • right now, we're still recovering from Hurricane Sandy while also trying to fortify the city against the even fiercer storms and bigger storm surges of the future.

  • I’m Omkar, and storms are also becoming more of a problem in Mumbai, India, with larger surges from the ocean and more intense rainfall on the land,

  • like the record-breaking meter of rain that fell in 24 hours in 2005, destroying homes and killing more than 1,000 people.

  • I’m Alex, and here in Cambodia, increasingly unpredictable monsoons threaten the livelihoods of the rice farmers and fishers who make up half the population.

  • This year the rains were late, which damaged young plants and lowered the productivity of the rivers, contributing to a 50% smaller catch than last year.

  • I’m Peter, and in Minnesota, warmer weather means less snow and ice for our winter sports and tourism and threatens the very survival of our northern forests and many of their creatures.

  • Some of these experiences might sound familiar to you,

  • or perhaps you have your own story about what climate change looks like where you live.

  • The question is: how big will we let those impacts become?

  • If were going to act, we have to act now, to keep the effects of climate change as small as possible :

  • so share your perspective with your political representatives, favorite businesses, family, and friends, and get them involved.

  • Since these gases are invisible, we need to make ourselves as visible as possible

  • so that the leaders of Earth can see that we, its citizens, want our nations to agree to a legally binding limit on greenhouse gas emissions.

  • To make that easier, we put links in the video description to help you find your representative's contact information.

  • And at the very least, you can add your name to The Mega Climate Petition for a 100% Clean World.

  • We made this video as part of the #OursToLose campaignplease share your own climate stories with the #OursToLose hashtag.

  • Let’s raise the alarm about these invisible gases!

Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas, and it’s poisonous, so we put ear-splitting alarms in houses to warn us of its dangerous presence.

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