Hans Schellnhuber confessed he was not doing his part in “protecting the climate”. When asked if he had ever calculated his own contribution to climate change, Schellnhuber responded:
"Yes, it is quite high because I myself certainly fly 100 times a year.”
And when asked what car he drives:
"A BMW from the new 1 series. It consumes 6 liters diesel [per 100 km], but that’s only half as much as my previous car.”
Science Skeptical then did a rough calculation of Schellnhuber’s CO2 output using the CO2 calculator provided by the German Ministry of Environment. The result, assuming normal consumer behavior, but flying 100 times a year, each flight on average 2 hours long: 50 tonnes of CO2 each year! The average German emits only about 10 tonnes annually.
The play's characters include an Inuk climate change activist, a scientist, a coast guard, a poet, a goddess, and two polar bears. It deals with themes such as melting sea ice, climate activism, and teenage suicide. But rather than satisfying her urge to write about climate change, Bilodeau found that Sila deepened her curiosity about the environmental transformations taking place in the high north...
In one scene, finding themselves drifting to sea on an ice floe, an innocent polar bear cub asks her mother: "Who broke the ice, Anaana? ... Was it the human who tried to kill us? He didn't look very dangerous. I bet I could kill him with one swipe of the paw." Her mother, more aware of the danger, responds: "The ice broke because Nuliajuk is angry. And Nuliajuk is angry because humans have angered her."
Watch Video: Geography Prof. Danny Dorling of the University of Oxford: 'Climate change is the biggest threat we are facing. And we are partly facing it because we are allowing the greedy people in our societies to carry on being greedy and we are not controlling them for the good of everybody...The poor buy more in the United States than the poor buy anywhere else in the rich world...In societies which are more equal, the overall level of pollution is much lower in the rich world.'
'The greedy do not know how to control themselves.'