For our generation, global warming is one of the most important issues we will face. Do we pass it on to our children? How do we combat it? Well, the first step is understanding what it even means for our planet to be slowly heating up, degree by degree. Scientists typically break it down with graphs and long, scientific analyses. For some, this can be a bit daunting.
Here, we see the crisis of a generation explained by a single cello. University of Minnesota undergraduate Daniel Crawford, in collaboration with his professor, produces a haunting melody that perfectly mirrors the climate change our planet has undergone from 1880 to 2012. The higher the global temperature, the higher the pitch of the note representing it. Perhaps the most striking fact is noted at the end of the video:
“Scientists predict our planet will warm by at least another 1.8 degrees celsius by the end of the century… This additional warming would produce a series of notes beyond the range of human hearing.”
Sounds like it’s time for us to take action.