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12 Animals Who Really Need Us To Get It Together

By transitioning to clean energy we can grow the economy and protect the planet for future generations. That’s why NextGen Climate is urging our political leaders to act by laying out concrete solutions to the climate crisis.

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1. Bumblebees

Bees understand that switching to alternative clean energy sources takes a bit of effort. They really do. But fossil fuels are bumming them out. So could we look into wind turbines or something? They really wouldn't mind the breeze.
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Bees understand that switching to alternative clean energy sources takes a bit of effort. They really do. But fossil fuels are bumming them out. So could we look into wind turbines or something? They really wouldn't mind the breeze.

2. Penguins

These icons of the Antarctic are thrilled that we think they're adorable. And they don't mind starring in our movies. But, honestly, the cutest thing we could do for them now is find a way to live without boiling the ocean. You know, if possible.
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These icons of the Antarctic are thrilled that we think they're adorable. And they don't mind starring in our movies. But, honestly, the cutest thing we could do for them now is find a way to live without boiling the ocean. You know, if possible.

3. Giant Panda

Fine, maybe we don't care about bamboo. But if there were a kale shortage, pandas are pretty sure we'd be moving a lot quicker to find cleaner ways to power the planet.
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Fine, maybe we don't care about bamboo. But if there were a kale shortage, pandas are pretty sure we'd be moving a lot quicker to find cleaner ways to power the planet.

4. North Atlantic Right Whales

These baleens aren't exactly sure why we're dragging our feet to improve our carbon footprints. Was it because they splashed us during the whale-watching tour that one time?
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These baleens aren't exactly sure why we're dragging our feet to improve our carbon footprints. Was it because they splashed us during the whale-watching tour that one time?

5. Elephants

Elephants have terrific memories. So we should probably give them something better to remember our species for other than destroying their food source.
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Elephants have terrific memories. So we should probably give them something better to remember our species for other than destroying their food source.

6. Caribou

Several decades into climate change and chill, and the caribou population gives you this look.
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Several decades into climate change and chill, and the caribou population gives you this look.

7. Orangutan

What's that theory? Give an ape an infinite amount of time with a typewriter and it'll eventually write Shakespeare? Look, forget the typewriter. Give an orangutan five minutes with a pamphlet about solar panels and even it would be confused why we're not all on board with this stuff yet.
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What's that theory? Give an ape an infinite amount of time with a typewriter and it'll eventually write Shakespeare? Look, forget the typewriter. Give an orangutan five minutes with a pamphlet about solar panels and even it would be confused why we're not all on board with this stuff yet.

8. Possum

They dug through your trash cans and never told anyone about the embarrassing stuff they found. Now could you please figure out a way to stop screwing up their habitats?
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They dug through your trash cans and never told anyone about the embarrassing stuff they found. Now could you please figure out a way to stop screwing up their habitats?

9. Sea Turtles

Oh, them? They're just some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. I guess they're worth switching to energy sources that don't ruin ecosystems.
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Oh, them? They're just some of the most majestic creatures on the planet. I guess they're worth switching to energy sources that don't ruin ecosystems.

10. Pika

OK, to be honest, this one has no idea what we're talking about right now.
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OK, to be honest, this one has no idea what we're talking about right now.

11. Canvasback Duck

Not to be rude, but the canvasback's not even sure how this is still up for discussion. You already heard from 11 of its friends. Solar, wind, geothermal... Just please pick one so it can, like, live.
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Not to be rude, but the canvasback's not even sure how this is still up for discussion. You already heard from 11 of its friends. Solar, wind, geothermal... Just please pick one so it can, like, live.

12. Polar Bears

This list wouldn’t be complete without the polar bear. Polar bears don't know why their homes are melting away. Or why we humans are always burning stuff that makes the air dirty. But they're starting to think those things might be related? And could we find a better way to do that maybe?
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This list wouldn’t be complete without the polar bear. Polar bears don't know why their homes are melting away. Or why we humans are always burning stuff that makes the air dirty. But they're starting to think those things might be related? And could we find a better way to do that maybe?

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