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Let's Talk About Climate Change. It's Real

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Hear matters global warming through the making of music.
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I've always wanted to write a song that talks about global warming, but I didn't know how to approach it because I didn't want to become the sinning or, you know, have the impression of of lecturing people because I'm part of the problem, too. And so I was looking for a way to kind of get the message across, and then I thought, Well, I am. I had the idea one day of imagining a world where there's just one season left where it's just it's just hot, brutal summer where people have to wander around looking for water and free on and then just they can't go out. You know, when it's too hot. So they hide and then they go out and then just kind of post apocalyptic vibe. Um, it's kind of a mix between the road and Mad Max, in a way, um, So I had that song. And then two summers ago here in Oregon, um, near Portland, there was a big, big fires in the Columbia Gorge, and then it lasted, uh, over three weeks at least. And, uh, we had a lot of smoke to Portland over Portland and, you know, growing up in Paris and France and you don't There's not as much nature around. So you know, you didn't get that kind of issues very often. They're really struck me. So, uh, because it's getting drier and drier every summer and you know, the their problem with forest fires more and more we have the same problems in California and all that in Colorado to Oh, yeah, I bet. And so I thought, Wow. Okay, be cool to try and make a music video with that song and try to try to wear raise awareness just at my own level. And and so that's how the idea of the music video came about. And then you I have a buddy in France who who who does really cool Indian music video called David Basil, and he had done to other videos for for my album. But in France, So I wasn't there in the video. So he did kind of like short stories which were really cool. And then I thought, Wow, it be cool if, you know, he could come over and do it. So I did a Kickstarter and raise some funds and a bunch of people. We raised almost 6000 books and a bunch of people helped us give us support. And then so able to have David come over, take his plane ticket, and then we offset his plane ticket and the gas we use as much as possible. And then And what do you mean, offset? How did you offset it? So one of my fans, it works in that way is you can buy, uh, credits to offset your consumption of, of of of fuel, basically in an oil. So you I told her, like how many, you know, sort of plane ticket and then how many miles we did in the car. And then you buy like a credit and people, there's apparently different techniques to offset. I don't know all the specific, but they plant trees to compensate that kind of stuff. Or there's, you know, other techniques to do that too. So anybody can actually do it, Which I didn't know. I thought it, but a lot of companies try to do that. The what made me discover with that, though, is that you look at the number of trees and how long it takes to offset that plane ticket is insane, so it's not. It's not because that's part of the big problem, but the situation we're in is not because you plant three trees that you're going to offset its like the number of trees you need to plant the offset One plane ride, for example. From, say, Paris to Portland is crazy, but we pollute. Wait more than then then we can bet, you know. That's why we need to change our. It's great, though, that you're not just singing of it and speaking of it, but that you're trying to actively take action to offset your carbon footprint or whatever the term is. But it's that's that's impressive as an artist to consider that and to be mindful and take active steps. Oh, thanks. Yeah, well, we try. I mean, it's, you know, I learned as it goes to I I didn't you know, you learn about it, and then I think we're all learning in that process. At least the people who want to learn want to do something. But with that video of the positive thing, too, is it's incredible number of people who wanted to help. It's it's like you feel a bit gave me the impression I was the voice for a lot of people that wanted to talk about it or wanted to, you know, express that, but didn't know how to do it. So I think, as an artist, too, it's kind of our responsibility sometimes that say what people would like to say. I guess you know which. I'm a big fan of the six. You know, End of 60 0 is you know, Bob Dylan and guys like that, even the Woodstock era and all that, and and Neil Young is incredible that way to to kind of, you know, make people think with songs and the power songs. Bob Marley was incredible to for that, and I think to a certain example, I guess we have a certain responsibility. And that's what I've learned from that experience, too. And I'm very proud to have all that's important, because I I just threw it out there. I was trying to do it, and then I realized so many people like That's great you're doing that. It's really important. We need to talk about it and, you know, in music is a good a good tool and a good medium to do that. It's it's more soft, and I guess you know, a political discourse, which everything that goes with it and the values and perspective with it. It's a bit more neutral. Although I did, I did get some people. It was kind of funny. I don't expect that either. That kind of got pissed about it. It's but at this point, honestly, if is some of my fans, I mean, yeah, people that don't believe in global warming, things like that. I don't I don't At this point, it's like I can't really talk about. It's, You know, I don't have to say not nicely, but man, the earth is not flat anymore. So it's people for centuries thought the Earth was flat. So we have a problem with global warming. If you don't believe in it, I respect your point of view, but we're gonna It's gonna be hard to have a discussion. I'm not saying the solutions are easy. I agree with that. But but not believe in global warming in this day and age is, I think, a bit utopian and naive, but that's so. But I had a few people that got pissed about that, but which is always It's okay. You can't please everybody all the time. And if you're going to take a stand, you're gonna piss some people off, so I commend you for it. But honestly, Sorry. Sorry. I didn't hear what you say. Oh, no. Keep going. No. But I also think that the big majority of people are not like that. I think you You hear you hear a few people that did say that. But but the big majority of people is you know, we're a lot of people on the same page. I don't know if we're on the same page of finance solutions, because I think the problem is very complex to solve and things like that. But at least I I know I live in Portland, you know? But I still think that it's people understanding what what's going on? Because I think we see it. We see it, you know, I'm only I'm 45 but I I we see it. You see it you can compare to before you compare, even to, you know, you just see what's going on. You can feel it. It's it's concrete. Now
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