You remember Koko the gorilla, right?
Koko was born in the ’70s at the San Francisco Zoo. Francine (Penny) Patterson, then a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford, started studying young Koko’s linguistics capabilities and eventually taught her a rudimentary version of sign language.
But then the tone of her message changes.
And Koko ends her message with a gorilla-sized request.
Here is this gorilla kind, tender, and clearly intelligent asking not just her handlers, but all of us to clean up our act. Whether it’s protecting biodiversity (like rare gorilla species), stopping poachers, limiting deforestation, or any of the myriad of issues gorillas and other endangered species face.
Koko would do it herself, but she can’t … at least not until the (increasingly likely) gorilla uprising happens. So, for now, she’s doing what good friends (human and gorilla alike) do best: Call each other out on their b.s.
She’s right. We need to fix Earth. We need to help Earth. Right this second.
Nearly 200 nations answered Koko’s call at December’s COP21 meeting on climate change.
196 nations adopted an agreement that set the ambitious goal of curbing the world’s rise in average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. Since studies show we may already be halfway there, this agreement couldn’t have come at a better time.
Got a minute? Watch Koko’s message in its entirety.
Originally found athttp://www.upworthy.com/