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And it's time for a k q e d perspective biologists rolling nap works in the sierra nevada seeing every day the impact humans have on the environment and he's learned that one of the most important tools for fighting climate change is our own hearts sometimes it's hard for us as humans to wrap our mind around the fact that a single species us could have these dramatic effects globally is that possible could humans really be causing the ice caps in antarctica to disappear that's hard to wrap your head around and i think some of that why should what i do over here have any effect on what happens over there and even if it does so what it doesn't affect me i think that happens because we don't have a connection to these places get out into the world get out into the world and look at that world find an ecosystem that really moves you in some way for me that's the sierra nevada for somebody else it might be blue oak woodlands for somebody else it might be the ocean all it takes his walking around in those systems whether it be the coastal ranges around the bay area watching newt's emerged from their over wintering areas and make their way to pawns and immediately realizing oh my gosh they're having to cross these roads and they're getting run over it's pretty hard for anybody i think to see that sort of a potential impact and not want to do something about it to minimize that impact if we had the ability to understand these ecosystems and understand our potential impact to them we could probably avert many of the impacts that were now struggling with and that's true for climate change that's true for biodiversity loss it's a very high bar to ask society to try to an ticipant the effects of their actions and yet if we want a planet that has some fraction even of the species that we enjoy that had been habit of this planet for millions of years we're probably going to have to adopt that kind of an approach with a perspective i'm roland nap rolling nap is a biologist with the university of california sierra nevada aquatic research laboratory his perspective produced by k q e d science for its series on climate change airing this week called this moment on earth support for perspectives comes from comcast dedicated to serving california communities with access to technology volunteering time providing financial support and connecting people in need to high speed internet at home more at california dot com cast dot com.

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