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Good morning and welcome to Vocab Voyage for this morning. I've got my Chiefs jersey on
today. The mighty Chiefs. They are playing the Brumbies in Super Rugby tonight. Rugby
season has started again. It makes me a happy man.
Today we are talking about Climate Change again. Climate change. Six in ten Americans
say they haven't even thought about Climate Change. 27% of Americans could name at
least one health problem to do with Climate Change. 10% of Americans said there were no
health problems caused by Climate Change, which of cause is wrong. You've got lung
conditions and illnesses. You've got extreme weather causing sickness and injury. You've
got vector borne disease like malaria. There's many, many problems.
In the U.S., the spring pollen season began early because of climate change. The hay fever people (not a high fever, but hay fever), are all sneezing and have blocked up noses, that's
Droughts. They damage food supply. Malnutrition, health problem. So, it causes many
problems, and six out of ten people in the States haven't thought about it. I know we love
pointing a stick at the States all the time and having a laugh, but how about in Japan? Have you thought about it? Have you? Have I?
I think we all think about it, but do we ever do anything about it? Before I talk about what I
think is something very wrong in Japan, I will say first, New Zealand has its own problems to do with the environment. One of our main export gigs is milk, and milk powder. The dairy
farming industry is a huge polluting industry in New Zealand, and the rivers run very dirty
because of it.
So we are not blame free, but my gripe about Japan is the plastic. Plastic, plastic, plastic. I
go into a bakery. I buy three buns and they wrap everything up in plastic, and more plastic,
and then more plastic. It's a plasticathon. Omiyage, they're all wrapped in plastic.
Where does plastic come from? Gas. As I said, no one is perfect, it's just something I
Citygroup in the U.S. has pledged $1 billion to climate change. This includes green
initiatives, sustainable growth, greener affordable housing, reduced water wastage, and
lowering the environmental impact of their operations. They're the good guys. Of course
they're not. They're a bank. Banks are here to make money. There's money to be made in
sustainable living and environmental awareness. There's money there.
Citygroup still has plenty of investments in coal. Dirty, dirty coal. So they're not off scot free. They're trying to lower them, but the thing they said was the reason they're getting into
climate change and getting into green eco is because of client demand. That will be what
changes everything, when the people speak up. When there's no money to be made from
doing the wrong thing, and there is money to be made from doing the right thing.
So that's Citygroup. Go the good guys. They're not the good guys. They're a bank. They
Last today, very interesting. rtcc.org. Their weekly climate change wrap up. Very interesting. I'm actually going to favourite that page and look at it each week.
What have they got? Brazil's drought, worse drought in 80 years. Your carnival dancing
people; water banned. They can't have water because there's not enough water.
The G20 meeting is going on. Maybe the politicians can decide something good.
Deforestation, maybe that's slowing down. Deforestation is responsible for 10-15% of greenhouse gas emissions, and the poor bloody orangutans dying, and Ebola.
Another one they've got is maps of areas of critical concern. A bunch of other things. Check
it out, it's mighty interesting.