The United Nations Climate Change Conference is a yearly session composed of different country leaders who discuss topics and issues related to global warming. The 21st session or COP21 was held in Paris France late last year. Influential people from around the world each delivered their own compelling speech about climate change but one message stood out from the rest: a message from a gorilla named Koko.
Koko is a 44-year-old female western lowland gorilla who knows about 1,000 signs in gorilla sign language and can understand approximately 2,000 English words.
Because of Koko’s ability to communicate with humans, NOE Conservation, a non-profit organization based in France and The GorillaFoundation picked Koko to represent the “Voice Of Nature” at the COP21. Through Koko’s willingness to participate, they successfully produced the video.
The Gorilla Foundation says, “We presented her with a script drafted by NOE and allowed her to improvise during series of brief daily video discussion sessions, in which Koko also had to learn a few new signs, such as “Protect” and “Nature.”
“The resulting video was edited from a number of separate takes, for brevity and continuity. However, Koko was clear about the main message: Man is harming the Earth and its many animal and plant species and needs to “hurry” and fix the problem.”video: Noé ONG/YouTube
sources: The Gorilla Foundation, NOE Conservation, Wikipedeia