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Emma Thompson on her environmental activism

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 02:06

British actress Emma Thompson talks about her long-time support for Greenpeace and why she's concerned about climate change. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) British actress Emma Thompson says it is time for people to inform themselves about climate change and its consequences. In an interview in Sweden, to raise awareness about Norway's plans to start drilling in the Arctic, Thompson said Norway had always been a "green beacon" to her - the country has even added an article to its constitution that obliges the government to care for the environment and safeguard it for future generations. But recently Norway has announced preliminary plans to nominate a record number of blocks for oil and gas exploration in the Barents Sea. Thompson said a trip with environmental group Greenpeace to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard a few years ago had moved her greatly. On Wednesday (March 21), scientists said the extent of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean had set a new record low for the wintertime in a region strongly affected by long-term trends of global warming. The trend of shrinking ice around the North Pole in recent decades has been one of the starkest signs of climate change.

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Emma Thompson on her environmental activism

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 02:06