Change is not always better. Take climate change, for instance. Let's talk about it.
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Unilever and the United Nations

Note: This #UpChat has concluded, but don't worry! You can check out our recap of the discussion below and here.

It's springtime.


Good weather makes you happy, doesn't it?



Now you can enjoy a walk in the park, toss a Frisbee, and smell the fresh air. It's all possible! Going outside sounds great after the winter some of us went through — who doesn't enjoy when it gets warmer?

I'll tell you who.

If temperatures keep climbing like they are now, in a few years we will all definitely not enjoy it.

Science has proved climate change is happening.

240 scientists all came to one conclusion in the National Climate Assessment: Our world is getting warmer, and fast.


The high-temperature records keep getting beaten. And it doesn't stop there: Hotter weather causes heavy rain, floods, and drought.

Yep. It's happening already. But we have an opportunity to do things differently from now on. We could have cleaner air, produce renewable energy, and preserve forests while growing enough food for the increasing global population. We could even save spring. And we want to talk about it all this Earth Day ... with you.



You're invited.

Unilever and the United Nations have partnered with Upworthy for a Twitter #UpChat on Earth Day, April 22, 2015, from 12-1 p.m. Eastern time to talk climate change, deforestation, and most importantly, ideas. And the fun doesn't stop there, because there's a something of an "after-party" happening from 1-2 p.m. Eastern on Twitter to celebrate Earth Day. Mark your calendar now and get all the deets below!

What exactly is an #UpChat?

An #UpChat is just a casual, open chat about an Upworthy topic on Twitter. This Earth Day, we want to chat about how climate change and deforestation are affecting the lives of everyday people across the world and what steps we can take as a global community to take action. It will be with Upworthy (hi!), the United Nations, Unilever, and thousands of other people who love trees — or just want to know more. Basically, it's going to be really fun and really educational. And what's better than that? (Answer: nothing. #UpChats are the best.)

OK, how do I join the chat?

Well, unfortunately, it already happened. But, fortunately, we've got a recap right here!

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