To inspire people to help combat climate change, a new speech has been created entirely by recycling the speeches of some of the most inspirational figures of the past.
The famous voices brought back for this message include Albert Einstein, Amelia Earhart, Anne Frank, Carl Sagan, Dame Whina Cooper, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Kofi Annan, Lady Bird Johnson, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X., Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Neil Armstrong, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana Spencer, Richard Feynman, Robert F. Kennedy, Sir Edmund Hillary, Stephen Hawking, Wangari Maathai and Winston Churchill.
Each of these famous figures had their own defining moment - and they're now challenging us all to step up to our own defining moment, by rising to the challenge of climate change, and choosing to use more climate-friendly practices in our everyday lives.
The speech launches 'Gen Less', or 'Generation Less', a new initiative by New Zealand's Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority to unite people across all generations to act together to combat climate change. It also unites businesses that have committed to using more climate-friendly practices in their operations. Gen Less has also been supported by WWF and the Jane Goodall Foundation NZ.
Many collaborators from around the world came together to help bring this project to life, including many estates. Robert Kirby, the representative of the Estate of Stephen Hawking, says: “Professor Hawking was a scientist who cared deeply for the planet and for humanity. He was optimistic about humanity’s ability to find solutions to the problems we face and this important message is a call to action and a message of hope, both of which are central to his on-going legacy.”
As proven throughout history, the human spirit has triumphed when we rally as one. Gen Less calls us to rise to our collective defining moment. If we’re going to stop climate change, we need to do it together.
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