Climate comedy, advocacy for the planet and more


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1. Late night comedians take climate change seriously

Climate change is no laughing matter, but last month it took center stage on some of television’s most popular late-night comedy shows.

Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Samantha Bee and Trevor Noah were among the hosts who teamed up for the first-ever “Climate Night” on multiple networks. Why? Because the climate emergency “is not a” problem in the future, “it’s happening now,” Kimmel said.

Other hosts agreed: “I’m delighted to be a part of ‘Climate Night, but maybe we should bring it forward a few days? Just because, you know, it’s urgent? said the bee.

“This is how much climate change is getting worse: wildfires in the west, flooding in the east, freezing cold in Texas,” Meyers said. “Billy Joel is going to have to write an update for 2021 and call him, ‘Actually, we’ve lit the fire.’ ”

Each late-night host has invited a variety of guests – from climatologists and naturalists to actresses and musicians – to show they are going to take collective action to address this global crisis.

In an age when the daily headlines warn of climate catastrophe, comedy can help people communicate and connect.

“Humor is a very powerful tool, and it’s not used as effectively as it could be,” Conservation International CEO Sanjayan told the Washington Post in response to the special. . “It’s not used enough as a weapon – mocking the forces of evil – or as a unifying force that de-strains us and allows us to engage.”

All kidding aside, many late-night hosts signed a letter calling on entertainment executives to use their influence to advance climate legislation in Congress.

2. A star-studded plea for the planet

The actors are not the only ones to unite to fight against climate change. A number of world leaders, musicians, actors and others have appeared in a YouTube Originals film this month to highlight climate action around the world.

Pope Francis, musician Billie Eilish, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and actor Jaden Smith are among the presenters of the special “Dear Earth” – which they have called a “celebration of the planet”. Even the SpongeBob SquarePants underwater cartoon character made an appearance to sing about the effects of warming oceans on sea creatures.

Former US President Barack Obama delivered the opening speech, congratulating the young people who are leading efforts to end the climate crisis.

“When you look at the history of so many social movements – whether it is the civil rights movement or decolonization in the world or anti-war movements – they are often started and supported by young people,” he said. he declared.

“You don’t see how things are and assume that’s how they always will be. You can imagine something different and you’re willing to work to make it happen. That’s what makes me optimistic. as for the fight against climate change. “

Between passionate pleas for climate action, the special included vegan cooking demonstrations and comedy skits with tips for individuals to cut emissions – and pressured politicians for more nature-friendly policies.

3. A list of things to do to reduce your emissions

The Earth is teetering dangerously near a tipping point – a state of environmental collapse beyond which humanity cannot survive.

But it is not too late to bring us back from the edge. This is the subject of a recent Netflix film, “Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet”, based on the scientific findings of Conservation International’s chief scientist, Johan Rockström.

The documentary’s producers have also launched a climate action website with specific steps people can take to help stop a climate catastrophe by reducing their own emissions.

“After the film was launched, viewers from all over the world started contacting us asking what steps they could take in their own lives to help humanity stay within the safe zone of our planetary borders,” Jon said. Clay, the director of the film.

Created in partnership with the nonprofit Count Us In, the website identifies individual and household actions that, if scaled up, could account for up to 30% of the total global emissions reductions needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. People can find 16 ways to take action on climate change – from reducing food waste to transitioning to renewable energy.

“What happens over the next few centuries will be determined by how we play our cards this decade,” Rockström says in the film. “Now this is the last chance we have to bend the world curve [of emissions]. It’s about framing the entire growth model around sustainability and letting the planet guide everything we do. “

Kiley Price is Editor-in-Chief and Editor-in-Chief of Conservation International. Want to read more stories like this? Sign up to receive email updates. Donate to Conservation International.

Cover image: Earth from space (© Nasa)

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