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This is michael state at twenty nine minutes after eleven time for a k q e d listener perspective biologist rolling nap works in the sierra nevada seeing every day the impact humans have on the environment and he says he's learned 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 threatened across 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 can 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 intensify the effects of their actions and yet if we want a planet that has some fraction even of the species that we enjoy and that have been habit this planet for millions of years we're probably going to have to adopt that kind of approach with a perspective i'm roland nap a nap is a biologist with the university of california sierra nevada aquatic research laboratory his perspective was produced by k q e d science for its series and climate change airing this week called this moment on earth and we have ice you to share your.

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