Transcript: Climate Watch Shorts: Data rescue | May 01, 2017

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A black spinning globe appears next to the caption "TVO Climate Change Shorts."

A caption reads "Nam Kiwanuka. Climate Watch Shorts host."

Nam has curly brown hair and wears glasses, a gray parka and a turtle neck black and white marled sweater.

Nam says WELCOME TO
CLIMATE
WATCH SHORTS
WHERE WE EXAMINE THE LOCAL
IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
DATA TELLS A STORY
OF HOW THE CLIMATE
HAS BEEN CHANGING
ALL THE TIME.
HUMANS HAVE BEEN
COLLECTING CLIMATE
INFORMATION IN ONE
WAY OR ANOTHER
FOR OVER 500 YEARS.
WE LOOK AT HOW ICE
IN LAKE ONTARIO IS
ONE OF THE MANY
WAYS TO RECORD
THE CHANGING CLIMATE
AND WHY PEOPLE ARE GOING
TO EXTREME LENGTHS TO
PRESERVE CLIMATE DATA.

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Clips show images of a snowy day at Lake Ontario.

The caption changes to "Matt Price. Science historian, University of Toronto."

Matt is in his forties, balding and clean-shaven. He wears a wet suit and a green woollen hat.

He says WE DON'T GET A LOT
OF GOOD WAVES MOST OF
THE TIME ON LAKE ONTARIO.
A GOOD WAVE IS
A RARE EVENT.
I WOULDN'T EVEN BE
HERE AT THE LAKE IF
I DIDN'T KNOW THAT
THERE'S LIKELY TO BE
PRETTY GOOD WAVES.
YOU CAN FIND WAVE BUOY
DATA DIRECTLY ONLINE
ON WEBSITES THAT ARE
RUN MOSTLY BY THE
U.S. NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC
AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION.

He goes in the water with his surfboard.

He says BY DEFENDING SCIENCE
AND SCIENTIFIC DATA
I THINK WE DEFEND THE
IDEAL OF TELLING THE TRUTH.
THE ATTACK ON SCIENCE IS
PART OF A BROADER ATTACK
ON THE TRUTH AS A WHOLE,
ON THE TRUTH AS A VIRTUE.

The caption changes to "Data Rescue. Saving the truth about climate change."

A map shows the weather forecast in the Great Lakes coastal area.

Matt says ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORIANS
STARTED ASKING EACH OTHER
WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN
TO THE WHOLE INFRASTRUCTURE
OF GOVERNING THE ENVIRONMENT.
THERE HAVE BEEN ALL THESE
KINDS OF GROTESQUE STATEMENTS
COMING OUT OF THE TRUMP
CAMPAIGN ABOUT DISMANTLING
THE E.P.A, DENYING THE
REALITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE.
UP HERE IN CANADA WE
WERE JUST A LITTLE BIT
AHEAD OF EVERYBODY ELSE
BECAUSE THE HARPER
ADMINISTRATION WE THOUGHT
WOULD LIKELY BE A MODEL
FOR HOW THE TRUMP
ADMINISTRATION MIGHT WORK.

The caption changes to "Natasha Myers. Associate professor, Department of Anthropology at York University."

Natasha is in her early forties, with shoulder length, slightly wavy brown hair. She wears glasses, jeans and a blue top.

She says IN 2014 THE FIRING OF
SCIENTISTS, THE MUZZLING
OF SCIENTISTS, THE
DESTRUCTION OF LIBRARIES
AND ARCHIVES SIGNALLED TO US
THAT THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR US TO FIGURE OUT
WAYS OF MOBILIZING
A PUBLIC TO GET A
PUBLIC TO RECOGNIZE
THAT THEY HAVE A
RIGHT TO KNOW
WHAT'S IN THEIR
AIR, WATER AND SOIL.

Matt says SO YOU HAVE AN OFFICE
BUILDING FULL OF FILES,
SO YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THE
ONES THAT MATTER TO YOU,
YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE
THEM OUT, PHOTOCOPY THEM,
AND THEN CAREFULLY FILE
THEM IN ANOTHER PLACE.
AND MAYBE YOU NEED
MORE THAN JUST YOURSELF
TO DO THIS.
SO THERE'S SO MUCH
CLIMATE-RELATED DATA.
YOU KNOW, PETABYTES AND
PETABYTES, LIKE TONS AND TONS.
SO IN TORONTO, IF YOU'RE
INTERESTED IN USING
TECHNOLOGY TO HELP
SOLVE A POLITICAL PROBLEM,
CIVIC TECH IS THE
PLACE TO COME.
IT'S A COMMUNITY
OF VOLUNTEER CODERS.
AND WHEN I ARRIVED
HERE BY THAT SATURDAY
WE HAD A NEW CHROME
EXTENSION THAT ENABLED
PEOPLE VERY EASILY TO
IDENTIFY WEB PAGES
AND DATA SETS THAT MATTER.
AND THAT HAS BECOME A
PIECE OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE
FOR THIS NOW QUITE WIDESPREAD
DATA RESCUE MOVEMENT.
SO THERE'VE BEEN ABOUT 40 OF
THESE DATA RESCUE EVENTS,
MOSTLY IN THE
UNITED STATES.

Web pages show movements such as "Data Rescue Boston," "Seattle Data Rescue," and Data Rescue S.F. Bay."

A woman asks Matt SO THIS KIND OF
STUFF WOULD ACTUALLY
POTENTIALLY END UP BEING
LIKE A DIGITAL LIBRARY
FOR GENERATIONS
TO COME.

Matt says SO THAT'S THE IDEA.
SO THAT'S HOW
I THINK ABOUT IT.
LIKE THE WAY WE STORE
GOVERNMENT-FUNDED DATA IS
NOT VERY GOOD.
IT'S FRAGILE.
THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY
HERE TO FIX SOMETHING
THAT WE DIDN'T EVEN
REALLY QUITE REALIZE
WAS BROKEN BEFORE,
BUT NOW WE SEE
THAT IT'S KIND OF
BROKEN, AND WE ALSO SEE
THAT IT'S TOTALLY FIXABLE.
THINK ABOUT SURFING
ON THE GREAT LAKES,
THE TWO DIFFERENT
KINDS OF TECHNOLOGY.
THE DATA GATHERING
TECHNOLOGY AND THE
SOCIAL MEDIA TECHNOLOGY.
WE HAVE FUN SURFING, AND WE
ALSO BUILD A COMMUNITY.
THAT SAME DYNAMIC IS
ALSO AT WORK HERE.
WE'RE ABLE TO BRING ALL
THOSE PEOPLE TOGETHER
WHO ARE PASSIONATELY
CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE
OF SCIENTIFIC DATA.
TO BUILD THESE TOOLS
THAT REALLY WORK,
AND THIS INFRASTRUCTURE
THAT I'M CONFIDENT IS
REALLY GOING TO WORK.

Pictures show people working in gathering data.

Natasha says WE HAVE TO PAY VERY
CLOSE ATTENTION
TO WHAT'S GOING ON
IN THE U.S. RIGHT NOW.
THEIR POLICIES AFFECT
EVERY LIVING BEING.

Matt says I THINK WE'RE AT
A CRUCIAL MOMENT
IN THE HISTORY
OF THE WEST.
BECAUSE POLITICS WITHOUT
TRUTHFULNESS IS JUST
DECEPTION AND
AGGRESSION.

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