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Urgent and Controversial: Koko the Gorilla’s Inspiring Message on Climate Change

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A PSA from French nonprofit Noé Conservation features Koko of Koko’s Kitten fame. The video explains that Koko has a “message for nations attending the COP21 summit (the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in late 2015)” which is the urgent call to “Fix Earth!”

A PSA from French nonprofit Noé Conservation features Koko of Koko’s Kitten fame. The video explains that Koko has a “message for nations attending the COP21 summit (the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in late 2015)” which is the urgent call to “Fix Earth!”

In the video, Koko can be seen signing, “Earth Koko love, but Man stupid…. Fix Earth! Help Earth! Hurry!”

The non-profit Gorilla Foundation, that cares for and studies Koko, explained how Koko got involved in the project:

Because of her unique ability to communicate with humans in sign language, Koko is a natural ambassador for endangered species, and thus we agreed to co-produce a short video PSA (Public Service Announcement) contingent on Koko’s willingness to participate.

The foundation said that Koko was briefed on the subject of climate change and that “Koko was very interested in the subject.” For the filming of the video, Koko was given a script, but was also able to improvise.

Some have come forward to argue that a gorilla cannot grasp abstract concepts like climate change and biodiversity.

However, isn’t it possible that anyone can understand danger to their home, even if they don’t know exactly or understand what that danger is? And this certainly seems like a sweet way to convey such an important and urgent message.

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