This hilarious song shows how frustrated scientists can get when you ignore climate change.
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Jeremy Hoffman spends his days studying ocean sediment samples.

That may not sound very interesting, but for Hoffman, it's fascinating: He's reconstructing climate records from Earth's past.

So you can imagine how the 26-year-old paleoclimate scientist feels about climate change doubters, people who say Hoffman — and 97% of his colleagues — are wrong about the effects of human activity on global climate.


He's tried to convince them using traditional methods, but some people can't be swayed by peer-reviewed papers.

So he's decided to use a different tool: parody songs.

There's something familiar about this Hoffman and Jerfunkel duo. Images and GIFs via Jeremy Hoffman/YouTube.

Hoffman has long been fascinated by what he calls "the ability of people to deny overwhelming scientific consensus," and last spring, as he sat in on an online seminar about dealing with climate change doubters, inspiration struck.

15 minutes later, he had written "Sound of Skeptics" to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence."

“Hello, skeptics, not our friends / We've come to share with you again / Data proving that the Earth's warming / Is a phenomenon that we're causing."

The music video he posted to YouTube and recorded in his home studio in Corvallis, Oregon, where he's a doctoral candidate at Oregon State University, is as ridiculous as the task it describes: repeatedly presenting hard evidence to an unpersuadable minority.

In climate science, dealing with the doubters has long been a part of the job. Why not do it with a wig and a song?

But the frustration it captures is real.

"There's this feeling that whatever we do there's still going to be this doubt, and there's really no explanation for it," he said. "When I ask in the song, 'What else will we need to show?' I'm actually asking — realistically at this point — what else is there that we as scientists can do to convince you?"

Hoffman posted the video last month and hopes it reaches people ahead of the UN-led climate change talks in Paris starting Nov. 30, 2015.

"Unless we have everybody on board it will be too late to act on climate change, and our actions will be too slow and will not have a large enough effect," he says.

Like a lot of young scientists today, Hoffman has prioritized outreach as an integral part of his research.

When he's not studying ocean sediment cores to reconstruct historical climate records, he's a science communications fellow at the Oregon Museum of Science of Industry in Portland and is a big proponent of "informal science learning" — learning done outside of the classroom.

But the parody takes a different approach.

Rather than helping viewers understand the science, this song is a way to express some of the frustrations that come with being a scientist today.

"How do you engage the public in understanding this feeling of futility in a fun way?" he said. "Music is a good way to get them to remember, and humor is one of the best ways to connect with people on a basic level."

A scientist showing people data can only get so far. Hoffman said combining his love of music and humor (he performs at some open mic nights in Oregon) was a "nonthreatening" way to show people where scientists are coming from.

Watch "The Sound of Skeptics" here:


Hoffman might not be a one-hit wonder either.

His love of music and humor resulted in another parody song earlier this year — to the tune of "Eye of the Tiger" — about dealing with a group of people who require at least as much patience as climate change doubters: doctoral thesis advisors.

Maybe his climate song won't reach as many people as Simon and Garfunkel's version, but it could get people thinking and talking climate change a bit more — and at the very least drown out some of the doubters.

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Shopping sustainably is increasingly important given the severity of the climate crisis, but sometimes it's hard to know where to turn. Thankfully, Amazon is making it a little easier to browse thousands of products that have one or more of 19 sustainability certifications that help preserve the natural world.

The online retailer recently announced Climate Pledge Friendly, a program to make it easier for customers to discover and shop for more sustainable products. To determine the sustainability of a product, the program partnered with third-party certifications, including governmental agencies, nonprofits, and independent labs.

With a selection of items spanning grocery, household, fashion, beauty, and personal electronics, you'll be able to shop more sustainably not just for the holiday season, but throughout the year for your essentials, as well.

You can browse all of the Climate Pledge Friendly products here, labeled with an icon and which certification(s) they meet. To get you on your way to shopping more sustainably, we've rounded up eight of our favorite Climate Pledge Friendly-products that will make great gifts all year long.

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Jack Wolfskin Women's North York Coat

Give the gift of warmth and style with this coat, available in a variety of colors. Sustainability is built into all Jack Wolfskin products and each item comes with a code that lets you trace back to its origins and understand how it was made.

Bluesign: Bluesign products are responsibly manufactured by using safer chemicals and fewer resources, including less energy, in production.


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Amazon All-new Echo Dot (4th Gen)

For the tech-obsessed. This Alexa smart speaker, which comes in a sleek, compact design, lets you voice control your entertainment and your smart home as well as connect with others.

Reducing CO2: Products with this certification reduce their carbon footprint year after year. Certified by the Carbon Trust.


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Burt's Bees Family Jammies Matching Holiday Organic Cotton Pajamas

Get into the holiday spirit with these fun matching PJs for the whole family. Perfect for pictures that even Fido can get in on.

Global Organic Textile Standard: This certifies each step of the organic textile supply chain against strict ecological and social standards. Each product with this certification contains 95%-100% organic content.

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Naturistick 5-Pack Lip Balm Gift Set

With 100% natural ingredients that are gentle on ultra-sensitive lips, this gift is a great gift for the whole family.

Compact by Design (Certified by Amazon): Products with this certification are packaged without excess air and water, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping and packaging.


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Arus Women's GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Hooded Full Length Turkish Bathrobe

For those who love to lounge around, this full-length organic cotton bathrobe is the way to go. Available in five different colors, it has comfortable cuffed sleeves, a hood, pockets, and adjustable belt.

Global Organic Textile Standard: This certifies each step of the organic textile supply chain against strict ecological and social standards. Each product with this certification contains 95%-100% organic content.

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L'Occitane Extra-Gentle Vegetable Based Soap

This luxe soap, made with moisturizing shea butter and scented with verbena, is perfect for the self-care obsessed.

Compact by Design (Certified by Amazon): Products with this certification are packaged without excess air and water, which reduces the carbon footprint of shipping and packaging.

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Goodthreads Men's Sweater-Knit Fleece Long-Sleeve Bomber

For the fashionable men in your life, this fashion-forward knit bomber is an excellent choice. The sweater material keeps it cozy and warm, while the bomber jacket-cut, zip front, and rib-trim neck make it look elevated.

Recycled Claim Standard 100: Products with this certification use materials made from at least 95% recycled content.

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All-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Make it even easier to access your favorite movies and shows this holiday season. The new Fire TV Stick lets you use your voice to search across apps. Plus it controls the power and volume on your TV, so you'll never need to leave the couch! Except for snacks.

Reducing CO2: Products with this certification reduce their carbon footprint year after year. Certified by the Carbon Trust.

Even as millions of Americans celebrated the inauguration of President Joe Biden this week, the nation also mourned the fact that, for the first time in modern history, the United States did not have a peaceful transition of power.

With the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, when pro-Trump insurrectionists attempted to stop the constitutional process of counting electoral votes and where terrorists threatened to kill lawmakers and the vice president for not keeping Trump in power, our long and proud tradition was broken. And although presidential power was ultimately transferred without incident on January 20, the presence of 20,000 National Guard troops around the Capitol reminded us of the threat that still lingers.

First Lady Jill Biden showed up today with cookies in hand for a group of National Guard troops at the Capitol to thank them for keeping her family safe. The homemade chocolate chip cookies were a small token of appreciation, but one that came from the heart of a mother whose son had served as well.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Welcometoterranova and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Welcometoterranova-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.