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Denis Hayes: Defending the Planet

29 January 2014

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in January 2014. It features Denis Hayes, chairman of Earth Day Network.

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[TEXT: Defending the Planet
Aliens and Sustainability]

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Denis Hayes: If people were coming from another planet

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[TEXT: Denis Hayes, National Coordinator, 1st ‘Earth Day’
Chairman, Earth Day Network]
and doing to the Earth what we’re doing to the Earth, we would,

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I think, mobilize our resources and then take them on.

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We need to be doing that ourselves. When we make a decision
about anything, as a society and as a planet,

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it needs to be made with long-term sustainability in mind.

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What kind of a house you have, what kind of a diet you
eat, how many children you have

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— all of these things will have major impacts upon the world,

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and people who are making those choices
will always do it on the basis of

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how much do things cost and how well do they serve their function
and the other consumer kinds of choices,

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but, hopefully, with an overlay, increasingly, of

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what is this doing to the planet? Are these choices
that I can live with?

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[TEXT: Our Planet Join Share Act
#EarthDay #ActOnClimate
Produced by the U.S. Department of State]

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[TEXT: Select Photos © AP Images]