This Whimsical Music Video Reminds Us That Climate Change Is Real
“Now I’m wearing shorts but it’s December, baby!”
For years, scientists and activists have gone to great lengths to bust the myths and misconceptions about climate change in an effort to combat it.
NASA created a gallery featuring before-and-after images of locations on planet Earth, showing drastic changes in the natural environment; thousands of scientists from around the world marched in Washington D.C. for climate awareness; and in one case scientists even went as far as to ship glaciers to Antarctica to preserve natural climate records threatened by climate change.
There have also been more light-hearted attempts to show the perils of climate change.
Green Leaders, a program at Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore, Maryland, raised almost $2,000 by making a video about climate and birds. Students jumped into the icy waters of the National Harbor outside the nation’s capital last January as part of the “Keep Winter Cold” Polar Bear Plunge organized by Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
Spanish street artist, Isaac Cordal, created sculptures of men dressed in grey business suits and installed them in moats around Nantes, France. The project was dubbed “Waiting for Climate Change.”
And now, Global Citizen is joining in on the action with a parody of pop duo Taylor Swift and ZAYN’s latest song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”
The video, released last month, is reminding people that “nothing will because climate change.” It challenges the current administration’s stance on global warming.
Actors poking fun at the number-one hit gallivant around Central Park in polar bear onesies — a nod to the fact that two thirds of the world’s polar bears are predicted to disappear by 2050 due to melting sea ice.
If business continues as usual, around 3.2% less food will be available to the average person and 529,000 people could die by 2050, according to Dr Marco Springmann from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at University of Oxford. The average temperature of the Earth’s lower atmosphere could rise more than 7.2 F, according to the UN.
And that doesn’t even take into account the current state of affairs.
And as the video points out, the oceans are now more acidic than they have been since at least 1860 — making them less habitable for marine animals.
Up to two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef are dying and other coral reefs are also on death’s door.
Saltwater seeping into rivers has ruined food supply and rendered water undrinkable. As the actress in the video says: “A warming climate would ruin our food and water supply.”
Unusual heavy rainfall in 2013 across the Midwestern US caused mercury, livestock hormones, and pesticides to appear in higher quantities in water sources, posing health hazards.
Some of the world’s first climate change refugees in Kivalina Alaska are showing us what happens next. As communities affected by climate change are displaced, there is a severe lack of resettlement programs.
Global economic losses from natural disasters have increased by an average of $250 billion to $300 billion annually, according to a 2015 report by UNISDR.
At a time when the world needs to start funneling more time, money, and resources into prevention strategies and natural disaster relief programs, US president Donald Trump has called for slashing the EPA’s budget in 2018.
“If they defund the EPA, we might not have a home,” a distressed actor expresses in the parody.
The Trump administration has taken things a step further by bringing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline project back to life, voiding the Stream Protection Rule, and killing the Clean Power Plan. And this week, the Trump administration is expected to reveal whether it plans to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement, which gives countries a framework for reducing their carbon emissions.
Leaving the agreement may have far-reaching ramifications for millions of people across America and, ultimately, the world.
In this race against time, the whimsical video brings to light a much more serious problem: “Why deny science? It’s in our faces.”