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Three things you can do to save planet

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02.12.2019

By Chang H. Kim

"How dare you!"

A few weeks ago, I heard the familiar phrase at the conference. But the speaker was not Greta Thunberg. The phrase was part of the opening remarks of a presenter at a Circular Economy Conference held on my campus in hopes of saving the planet.

On campus today, the phrase "How dare you!" has already become a "healthy meme" and is being used among students. The phrase became even more popular this year due to a speech at the United Nations by 16-year-old Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg.

She emphasized the planetary survival issues facing humanity, such as climate change, thus triggering tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump in response. The young girl's assertive speech caught the attention of media around the world. Thanks (in part) to Trump's tweets, public concentration on the issue of climate change seemed to be higher than ever.

However, as we recognize, it is not easy to hold the public's attention for very long on environmental issues, as there is always a lot of other news that captures our attention. Stories on subjects that excite our interest for a short time, such as political, financial, entertainment and social issues, are put out there in rapid succession by the "establishment" media and spread through social media like wildfire.

People are more likely to consume media that feeds their........

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