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What does it look like when carbon dioxide is made visible?

Flickr- Kasper Christensen

Imagine walking outside and being smothered in pollution. Having to cover your eyes and mouth before taking a step.

That would be straight-up miserable. And yet, that’s what millions of people around the world essentially face on a daily basis.

Those of us in cleaner cities do not struggle to breathe or feel our eyes start to burn as we trek along a sidewalk.

But these “cleaner” spaces, too, are drenched in emissions. We just can’t see them, mostly because carbon dioxide is invisible.

It was shocking to me, and I’m sure it’ll be shocking to you too, to actually see CO2 seeping and streaming upwards into the air, heading straight for the ozone. That’s what I saw in a clip from a new documentary called “Racing Extinction.”

In it, the filmmakers use a thermal imaging camera lens that is sensitive to CO2. The results are shocking.

It’s particularly jarring to see the carbon streaming out of human mouths and noses, even though it’s negligible compared to the carbon spewed by cars and buildings.

Imagine how societies would react to climate change if they could see how it happens in real-time on streets and in office parks, instead of just hearing abstractions or tales of faraway devastation.

I bet they would shut down coal plants, radically alter how cars are made and change the very nature of energy consumption.

I bet climate change would be reversed.

The good news is that it can still be reversed--if serious action is taken. One way to help make sure climate change gets under control is to go to TAKE ACTION NOW to call on world leaders to back the Global Goals.

And then check out the trailer to the film (I can’t wait to see it):


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