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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, known for playing Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, teamed up with Google Maps to show us the impact of Global Warming on Greenland. The region is Danish actor’s second home and in the video (above), he tells us why we should be concerned about melting ice in areas like Greenland & Antarctica:

“Statistics, scientific reports and graphs can be bewildering, but I hope seeing these images will help people understand the drastic changes taking place in Greenland, and inspire you to fall in love with it the way I have. We’ve been hearing about the terror of climate change for a long time now. Images are very powerful, much more than a graph and statistics. The climate is changing but we can do something about it. We have the technology we have the brilliant minds. We need the will and it’s really the will of the people. One of the best places in the world to see what [climate change] means is in Greenland, because the glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. The ice sheet is melting at an increased pace — pouring 300 billion tons of ice into the ocean each year. This melting harms important coastal ecosystems, local food and water supplies and is a major contribution to rising sea levels. Unless we change these climate trends, the next time we bring the trekker to Greenland the landscape may be unrecognisable from the one you see today. We’ll do the treks here now, and then hopefully we’ll come back here in five years. Then people will actually be able to see what climate change means in real life, in real time.”

To help underline Coster-Waldau’s point, here is a Google Timelapse video which shows how much ice has melted in Greenland over the years:


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