Joanne Chory – TRANSCRIPT
I recently had an epiphany.
I realized that I could actually play a role in solving one of the biggest problems that faces mankind today, and that is the problem of climate change.
It also dawned on me that I had been working for 30 years or more just to get to this point in my life where I could actually make this contribution to a bigger problem.
And every experiment that I have done in my lab over the last 30 years and people who work for me did in my lab over the last 30 years has been directed toward doing the really big experiment, this one last big experiment.
So who am I?
I’m a plant geneticist. I live in a world where there’s too much CO2 in the atmosphere because of human activity. But I’ve come to appreciate the plants as amazing machines that they are, whose job has been, really, to just suck up CO2.
And they do it so well, because they’ve been doing it for over 500 million years. And they’re really good at it. And so…
I also have some urgency I want to tell you about. As a mother, I want to give my two children a better world than I inherited from my parents, it would be nicer to keep it going in the right direction, not the bad direction.
But I also…I’ve had Parkinson’s for the last 15 years, and this gives me a sense of urgency that I want to do this now, while I feel good enough to really be part of this team.
And I have an incredible team. We all work together, and this is something we want to do because we have fun. And if you’re only going to have five people trying to save the planet, you better like each other, because you’re going to be spending a lot of time together.