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Michael's discussion about only having 4 years to change the planet

I was wondering if anyone has more information on what Michael was discussing about only having 4 years to help save the planet before it was irreversible?

Just watched the movie and was blown away by Michael Jackson. This movie really made me a believer!!!

Please feel me in on these details.

Thanks

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Ethemer, thank you for explaining so very well and Lyl also..
Wish everyone would understand...........

"Over the years, Jonathan Moffett worked with Michael and with other great musicians. Currently, Jonathan is performing in Australia and has now arrived in Melbourne for an appearance at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
In an interview Jonathan spoke of his part in the rehearsals for the ‘This Is It’ concerts revealing, that just one week before Michael passed away, the musicians had their contracts extended by a couple of years.
“About a week before he died we all had our contracts extended by a couple of years,” he said. “Michael told us we had five years to change the world. So after we did a year or so at the O2 arena in London we planned to bring the show on the road.”

Michael was always concerned about environmental issues and actively worked to make a difference. He not only listened when the scientific community warned of the man-made factors affecting climate change, but he use his position to reach out to people all over the world and send the message that we need to change this collision course that we're on.

In Jan 2009, as Barrack Obama was about to be inaugurated, a leading climatologist warned that the new president needed to lead the world in making significant changes to stop and reverse global warming...( http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/18/obama-climate-change ). Jim Hansen, one of the most prominent experts on climate change, was the one who said "we only have 4 years left". Hansen was not referring to the end of the world in 4 years, but rather to Obama's 4-year term as president. As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere increase, global temperatures increase, melting the ice caps and causing sea levels to rise, which is predicted to reach devastating levels over the next hundred years. The urgency of Hansen's message is based on his contention that it is not just a proportional relationship between CO2 levels and rising temperatures, but that over time, the rate of rising temperatures will accelerate. He said, "We cannot now afford to put off change any longer. We have to get on a new path within this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead." This was what was in the news when Michael was in the planning stages of This Is It, and very likely what Michael meant when he reiterated that "we only have 4 years left to get it right or else it's irreversible".

Michael wanted to use his show, not only to entertain, but to spread the importance for each of us to take action to help put an end to the reckless, wasteful and destructive behaviors that are destroying the environment. We have to become activists, not only as individuals each doing our part, but by getting after our politicians and insisting that they enact appropriate laws and regulations. When Michael was talking about the destruction of the rain forests, he said... "Oh, they'll take care of it... They who?... It starts with us....US....Or else it'll never be done.".

Michael said... <em>I respect the sequence and magic of nature. That's why it makes me so angry when I see these things happening, you know.. that every second I hear the size of a football field is torn down in the Amazon. I mean, that kind of stuff really bothers me. That's why I write these kind of songs, you know. It gives some sense of awareness and awakening and hope to people. I love... I LOVE the planet. I love trees. I have this thing for trees and the colors and changing of leaves. I LOVE IT. I respect these kind of things. </em>

While this scientist was referring to the 4 years of President Obama's term in office to lead the way in changing our course of action, there are some things that are irreversible in 4 years, such as species extinction caused by deforestation and habitat destruction. Rain forests cover less than 2% of the Earth's total surface area, yet they are home to 50% of the the world's plants and animals. At the current rate of tropical forest loss, 5-10% of tropical rain forest species will be lost per decade. Some conservationists have estimated that the Orangutan could be extinct within 5 years.

Make that change...