2019 Virunga Resolution #2 : A Message to Humanity from Koko The Gorilla. Time hurry! Fix Earth!

“I am gorilla… I am flowers, animals. I am nature.

Man Koko love. Earth Koko love. But man stupid… Stupid!

Koko sorry. Koko cry. Time hurry! Fix Earth! Help Earth! Hurry!

Protect Earth… Nature see you. Thank you.”

In memory of Koko  (1971 – 2018)

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Disclaimer

Koko was invited to represent the “Voice of Nature” at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, Dec. 1–11, 2015, by NOE Conservation, a non-profit organization based in France, whose main focus is preserving biodiversity. 

Because of her unique ability to communicate with humans in sign language, Koko is a natural ambassador for endangered species, and thus we agreed to co-produce a short video PSA (Public Service Announcement) contingent on Koko’s willingness to participate. 

Turns out Koko was very interested in the subject, which we briefed her on via a recent issue of National Geographic titled “Cool It!” We also presented her with a script drafted by NOE (as any celebrity ambassador asked to do a PSA would expect) and allowed her to improvise during s series of brief daily video discussion sessions, in which Koko also had to learn a few new signs, such as “Protect” and “Nature.” 

The resulting PSA (above) was edited from a number of separate takes, for brevity and continuity. However, Koko was clear about the main message: Man is harming the Earth and its many animal and plant species and needs to “hurry” and fix the problem.

 

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