And there it is. Today's YouTube, which is on Climate Change. Extreme weather, Ireland in a spot of bother, and a climate change skeptic who has changed her mind. Come back tomorrow for the transcript so you can check on your understanding of what I said.
Until then, do have a look at the Climate Change Word list and word list YouTube clip to get into some vocab while you wait for the transcript. Have fun, and enjoy your learning.
Here is the link on fracking I promised.
And here is the transcript of the YouTube clip above. It's so much easier understanding me with this, no?
Hello. Coming of Age Day. If it's your big year, congratulations. It was a long time ago for me, but if it's your day, good on ya.
Today, climate change. Extreme weather displaces three to ten times more people than war, so it's much worse for people losing their homes. In 2013 floods, hurricanes, etc. displaced 22 million people. That's three times what war displaced last year, and twice as much as in
the '70s. (twice as much as climate change or weather displaced in the '70s) 80% form Asia.
So the big question that this has posed is about refugees. At the moment you can be a
refugee for race, religion, social status, political affiliation, but not the environment. So
basically, other countries take people on account of these other things, but not because your country's been flooded - but that's going to change.
Next, Ireland's in a spot of bother. Climate change might put 3.5% of the northern counties
of Ireland underwater, which is no good for them. Interesting fact in this article - the last time the planet warmed as much as it's warming now, 88% of life on the planet died. So that's not a very nice statistic, is it.
Last, Naomi Klein - no relation to Calvin Klein. This is a book review this article. She was a
climate change sceptic, she didn't believe in it, but now she's changed. She met the Bolivian ambassador who talked to her about how polluting countries should be giving money to
climate creditors like Bolivia who produce a lot more oxygen and cut down global warming.
She talks about the current model of economic growth - the rich get richer based on coal
based industries. That's got to change, because coal is no good for industries, running
factories, running power plants. It talks about another practice which a lot of people are
against. It's called fracking. It's like blowing up land, and it releases gas which was trapped
before, but it causes earthquakes and stuff. I'd look into that fracking. I'll put a link at the
bottom. And these extreme weather events - as an aside - the Air Asia flight, that maybe
was caused by an extreme weather event.
Thank you. Have a good day. Again, if you're 20 this year, happy Coming of Age.