What people get wrong about climate change

One of the mistakes people make about climate
change is saying that the planet is at stake. “Is it the last chance to save the planet from climate change?” “Tens of thousands of activists warning climate change is destroying the earth.” “The biggest cause in Hollywood is saving the Earth. Climate change and all that.” That’s not really the right way to think about
it. Earth has gone through immense climate changes
many, many times before, in some cases leading to mass extinctions.
but life persisted. Mammals evolved from reptiles, and primates from mammals.
They stood up. And walked out of Africa, eventually reaching the corners of every continent. But Only after well over 100,000 years of wandering
did the real human innovation happen, when 12,000 years ago we stopped foraging and started
farming. Agriculture meant villages, cities, society,
government: the birth of civilization. but why did it take so long for humans to
take control of their food? well If you look at this chart of global temperature change
going back 100,000 years, you might notice something special about the last 10,000 years.
That’s when the climate settled into a period of unusual stability.
It was on this ledge that human society developed, where reliable seasons fed more and more people…where knowledge accumulated and science began. Until eventually, inventors created machines
that could unleash unimaginable growth and mobility. All they needed was fuel to burn.
and they found it in the form of ancient forests buried for under dirt and compacted over 300
million years. With these coal deposits, humans unearthed tons and tons of carbon that had been locked away long
before our species appeared. And that’s how we began to disrupt the climate
that birthed us — the climate that our food systems and infrastructure are built upon.
After 10,000 years of temperatures that varied only within about 1 degree Celsius, scientists
now say we’re on track for 3 degrees of warming by 2100 if we don’t change course.
Humans have been around for .004% of Earth’s history. And of all human history – the 200,000
years since our species began, we’ve had agriculture for just 5% of that time. We’ve had
electricity for .07% of that time. The simple truth about climate change is that
it isn’t new to the planet, but civilization is.
Andd here’s what’s even newer: In the past hundred years, the number of people alive has quadrupled.
And thus so has the capacity for suffering So slowing climate change isn’t about saving
the planet. It’s about us, about our vulnerability to a level of climate disruption that human
civilization has simply never seen before.

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  • Can you do more videos on climate change please? Thanks.

  • Climate change scientists actually used the speed of the melting ice caps throughout the past to confirm which year Rome collapsed, since their smelters polluted the air.

  • save the earth/save the earthlings/save the poor mortal earthlings/save the poor humans/ help poor people/end extreme poverty.

    Also save topsoil, use vertical farming. make trade, not war. veganism ftw. War & Profit.

  • what was the song used in the background of this video

  • if you hear closely you can hear her cry between her words.

  • 1:10–1:57 Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows anyone?

  • Just how can forcing the world countries poor & working class taxpayers to pay tax money into carbon exchanges, that only the super rich anti-God Jesuit/Zionist Cain Freemason Globalist Elites own stock in (and reap the money in the form of dividends) stop any Climate Change. :.

  • Thinking about our existence (in the first minute or so)is weird, and is not helped by the flashing images.

  • It's about keeping things the same

  • Just watched this now. Powerful blow of sense and facts to the mind.

  • Spot on.

  • Kinda of hope we all die. Humans abuse animals and kill each other for fun instead of survival like natural animals do. We did it to ourselves by refusing to be responsible for out footprints

  • Anyone else recognize one of the soundtracks to dictionary of obscure sorrows?

  • Its also about our animals

  • what about biodiversity? ?

  • Very well put. Great video.

    u didn't even talk about climate change
    u think global warming is fake
    and glaciers are not melting
    frikkin idiots
    report this video guys

  • Yes, the planet will be here, and will probably slowly recover, but some species might be gone and so it may never be the same. Look at Chernobyl today, some species, many, in fact are back and thriving, but there were also issues.
    And what about Polar Bears? It breaks my hear to see them starving, and coastal areas are gradually being overtaken by the rising seas. So are all of those peol;e going to be joining me on my mountain is CO?

  • 1:10 and onward kinda feels like a video a class would watch centuries down the line…long after the human species have destroyed themselves ><

  • this is what my enviromental science professor thought us.

  • The planet will go on and new species might adapt to these changes… The real problem is: do humans can manage these changes? That's why is so worrying. The planet as it changes doesn't care really

  • It's about saving us.

  • that unusual stability is abnormal , idiot vox girl

  • They used to call it global warming…..but the planet has been cooling since my buddy Gore's bullshit. so climate change is the all encompassing. (it's shorter for winter, spring, summer and fall) LMFAO

  • So basically, Earth's gonna be fine, but humans are doomed if we carry on on this course

  • "Save the mother earth " sounds better instead of saying " Save ourselves " which sounds too selfish

  • please show this video to the world

  • Climate change doesn't exist. What does is an ideological fallacy. If we as a people respected the earth as we were told. " reap what you sow " This I am sure would not even be a consideration. Due to the fact that this has been anticipated. We have to live here. The real problem we have is industrial. They try to make it sound friendly so they call it environmental. As if the environment is somehow responsible for our actions.

  • Where can I get the (vintage black and white illustrations) stock images that you guys used?

  • Has anybody looked at the Sun as a cause of Climate Change? It's not that Climate Change is not happening. I'm sure it has changed and will continue to change while this planet still spins. We should do all we can to protect the environment. Lets not pave the earth over for a new WalMart.
    And lets not forget about how leaders and nations lie to themselves and their people to get their way. I'm tired of being told that it's all my fault the planet is going to fry. Why all the doom and gloom? Why dose every problem the human race faces will only end in our destruction? We're being scared to death so much we don't care anymore why we're going to die. The moment I hear someone talking about climate change, I tune them out. Don't want to hear it. Ok, we're doomed. Maybe the dogs or the roaches will have better luck.

  • The truth is,
    The Planet will survive.
    Humans will also survive,
    just not most of them.

    The planet will not kill most of us,
    We will kill each other to survive.

    Food, shelter, water will become more expansive than most people can afford.
    And that, is the beginning of the end.

  • It's amusing reading the comments from the deniers on this thread. You see, there is ONLY one political body on this entire planet that wholesale denies the science of climate change. ONLY ONE. That political body is called the GOP. Thus, they have taken a POLITICAL POSITION, not a scientific one. So, it's quite clear that if you're a denier you are taking a political position, too, not a scientific one.

    That makes you ignorant.

    Your political position of denial and ignorance doesn't trump the entire planet. Period. You are a fool if you continue to front your anti-science stance. We are laughing at you because of it, too.

  • The timing is right in some points, although I would add the civilization "We know" started 12.000 years ago, but is egocentric and naive to believe that in the millions years the earth has existed only "our" civilization flourished in the past 0.0001% of its time existence. Huge climate changes probably destroyed previous ways of life and eventually will do the same with ours. We are just accelerating the process.

  • I'm high and that was beautiful

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender intro feel

  • this video should be on tv 24/7

  • I say, embrace climate change. Give cockroaches a chance to become the dominant species!

  • Forget the term climate change. No one can deny that our air, water, & lands are polluted. Over 100,000 people die a year in China due to air pollution! No one can deny that animals are going extinct, forests are depleting, the ice is melting, & we have piles on piles of trash, unused goods, & wasted food!!! Forget climate change.. we are abusing our earth!! Point blank.

  • The sheer number of people who still say '"Climate change is a hoax" is astounding. And to think of it, these are the ones that claim who complain that the days are getting hotter/colder by the day.

  • am in LOVE with JOSS FONG, what an intelligent woman

  • This is the best explanation of Climate Change I have ever seen. It makes it clear what the risks are for civilisation if we fail to take climate change seriously. It's not about saving the planet, it's about us and our vulnerability to a level of climate disruption civilisation has never seen.

  • More Libral Fake News ?

  • That's not entirely true. Current trends suggest life might not be able to evolve rapidly enough to keep up with global warming.

  • Earth is just a rock in space. It doesn't care about us or anything happening on its surface. We need to stop climate change to save ourselves.

  • And bears! dón't forget the bears u__u

  • No. A. They used data for 150 thousand years when we have over 450 thousand years of data showing a specific pattern, NOTHING unusual about where we are right now. And B. There is no conclusive study showing that carbon emissions are drastically affecting the temperature in the way that many claim. And C. These projections are based off of cherry picking data, and making claims that aren't backed by concrete studies.

  • out of all the climate change films i've seen & things I've read this was the best I've seen. In that in just 2:45 minutes you produced such a clear message of the key problem that everyone should hear & know.

  • That background cello music is pretty sweet.

  • 0:55 wait wut. Where did we get this? How do we know this?

  • Interesting. Never thought in this way before. We are the one who lives on the earth, and now earth is changing her own body temperature while we are worrying about her instead of thinking what could the change bring to us.

  • Nuclear weapon testings issue))

  • Yeah tell that to a creationist. They will never believe you so therefore to them this video is as pointless as hair growing on a men's back. I mean to them all those fossils fuel we use were put on earth by god for us use and don't tell them the earth is more that 6,000 years they will call it a blasphemy. How do we teach creationism someone as to pretend to talk on god's behalf him/herself. Simple.

  • Good video but it is also about saving the thousands of others species that humans depend on for survival. If ecosystems fail, we fail.

  • I wonder how can we know certain temperature of past 200 000 years, since humans are able to measure temperature for about 0,15% of it's existence (200k years). And the data of just certain locations (which aren't very accurate as for the whole earth's temperature) are there for even less of time. The video is great though.

  • global warming is a chinese conspiracy. Donald Trump is right !

  • Let us assume the earth is warming (it is) and it is caused by human activity and that in the absence anything being done we all die, animals die, plants die. At that point human intervention stops and nature takes over. How is the earth going to recover? The forests have been reduced so they cannot soak up CO2, will they ever grow again if wild fires keep reducing them and no humans to fight them. Sure the earth will not self destruct, but it is the actions of the corporations who are afraid of losing money that is preventing the action required. 30 or more years ago scientists told us they had found DDT in penguin eggs, in the Antarctic. No one said "we don't believe you" we just stopped using DDT.

  • One very specific piece of data is left of of every graph.. Margin of error…. Margin of error in "global average" 3 degrees c….. The supposed increase is within the margin of error..

    Some minor data not shown.. Is that predictions about a 3 degree rise 30 years ago had it happening by the year 2000… But it didn't happen…

    Also. A minor piece of data… The name change from global warming, to climate change. Because the planet wants actually warming.. They are trying to us a natural phenomenon to scare us into thinking we are killing our selves. But since they are losing the fight.. Now they are saying it's not the planet… It just us…. Thats in danger.

  • You should do a video on the Anthropocene

  • 0:11 typical lefty retarded.. Take a look at the girl green, she acts like she is the SAVER of the Earth.

  • In 1968 Paul R. Ehrlich published the "Population Bomb" . It warned of catastrophe in the 1970s and 1980s because the earth's natural resources would not keep up with population growth. At the time he wrote the book the earth's population was estimated at about 3.5 billion people. Today we have an estimated 7.6 billion people and a growing middle class Asia which use to be very poor. No catastrophe from population growth. Ditto for global warming.

    History tells us "Don't worry be happy".

  • soundtrack??? Anyone…..

  • i dont agree with this facts. archeologists have found civilizations that have been on this earth tens of thousands years ago and had technologies that we dont have till this date.

  • We're not at the mercy of climate anymore. If we can't grow food in one area, we will grow food in another. We have people that thrive in 120º deserts and people that live in -50º permafrost. Humans, despite being weak and frail are not only an apex predator, but a "superpredator" for a good reason.

  • Fighting climate change is more about saving humans than saving the environment, which would evolve in any case.

  • Your evolutionary explanation is very inaccurate.

  • "THaT's nOt ReaLlY tHe RiGht wAy tO ThINk abOuT iT."

  • To the point video. Should be shown in all schools and corporate board meetings! The fact we talk about the "world ending" shows how arrogant we are, like the planet cannot exist without us. Well it probably prefers to be alone after the crap we've caused it over the last 200 years!

  • Yes, but don't forget about the Holocene extinction. (Species going extinct at 10x the normal rate, which will also skyrocket due to climate change). Yes a good chunk of life will survive, but at what cost?

  • What Americans get wrong…

  • Well Said

  • I submit mankind has yet to discover many, many unknown influences to 'Climate Change' that will prove the futility of man-made efforts to change it.

  • Thank you Vox. This is a discussion I’ve been having for years regarding human impact on our ecosystem. It’s like we are all collectively pooping in our own drinking water and then arguing over whether we are cause of it becoming undrinkable. What we are doing is self limiting. The earth will survive and life will continue to thrive, albeit in another form that has adapted to a warmer climate, what we do to it after we have been eliminated by our own design, or by Mother Nature.

  • i has expecting a flood of idiot Americans against climate change

  • The description in the video is flawed.
    Yes, Climate change is not new. But human-induced artificial climate change is new.
    Yes, Life has always survived in the past. But For the first time, we are polluting the planet to an extent where recovery will be hampered.
    No animal species ever has changed the planet to suit it better. We have been doing so since agriculture.
    No species ever tried to escape the planet before climate change. We are for the first time now.

  • Plus, if the Earth were not warming from climate change right now, the Earth would actually be in a state of cooling. There have been several "mini Ice Ages" over the past couple centuries to indicate that the average temperature was on the decline.

  • Actually, the magnetic poles are beginning to reverse. So, maybe we should expect some really unusual weather patterns. Right? Have 1 child per couple and reduce emissions by 50%


  • Force = mass * acceleration heats the planet. Chemistry is just a byproduct.

  • Climate change is a problem to our world also, but thats not the point. The point is that we need to stabilize the change.

  • Earth has never had an ideal climate for humans. Hence why we live indoors.

  • Stop chat fuckre

  • Yes it is this is very serious stop sticking your heads in the sand it won't just go away

  • Stop fussing about 2°.. 4°.. of Climate Change! Let's do something to make our fossil fuel power plants and energy infrastructure "Carbon Neutral" NOW! We have the technology and resources to do that, all we need is 'Collective OpenMinded Will' to do it!

  • Wait…!!! I thought the earth was flat…

  • End of the fourth world is coming.

  • climate change is still gonna effect other animal and plant species and it humans fault

  • Propaganda for taxing the air

    they lie

  • The thing about Earth is that it's always changing, and when one thing is changing another thing is affected. The thing with climate change is that Earth is always changing and we're going to be greatly affected so we're preventing this change. We were so well adapted with what we already have that we can't be bothered to start all over again. This is also the reason why we are keeping our current wildlife away from extinction, it's because we're afraid of change. This also why when searching for life, we're only taking notice of planets that are similar to us since we can't imagine a world different from us. There are two things that we can do and one thing to do is be ready to adapt to change and evolve instead of sticking with the past and not learn. Though I think when we accept that things will change, we're also bound to be heavily affected, and might go extinct, and that's a good enough reason to prevent these changes from happening, which is why that would be our second option. In the end it's either we stick with our old ways out let go of the past and be ready to face change.

  • Please buy hybrids and EV's thanks, ?

  • Climate change was always natural, how do you think the ice ages happened and ended so many times?
    Of course i'm not saying we shouldn't care, i'm saying everyone is freaking out about something that is not that urgent.
    Every year countries and people invest money on organizations that promise to change it, but the only way to change it of course is healthier enviroment, such as reflorestation and scientific research to find useful, more organic solutions.

  • How are we to know the destiny of humanity, those who have the means should follow their drive, but the back seat drivers need to shut up

  • I still think it's something that we should not do to the world. There are so so many bad things in our relationship with nature and the animal kingdome. We shouldn't pollute the ocean with plastic, we should've make animals go extinct, we should pollute the atmosphere by cutting trees, we shouldn't harm the ground by planting only one thing in it and most of all we shouldn't eat animals that were massively and artificially produced.

  • The world wont end we will. The world will get hotter and cooler and when a new apex species evolves the same thing will happen to them

  • Saudi Aramco-this oil company generates over $1 billion a day in revenue- this is y there is no such thing as climate change

  • I applaud the message .Global warming is an urgent and worsening crisis for us humans and many other living species. But how were global temperatures over the past 140,000 years determined. What are the error bars on the measurements. The graph shows remarkably stable temperatures for the past 10,000 years. Why?

  • From Global Warming to Climate Change.

  • Thank you so much Vox for making videos such as this.

  • 4 year's now have passed since this video has dropped
    I really hope that there's a little change Atleast

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