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Several brands reacted quickly and scornfully last week following President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord. Apple took its time, though, and waited until Wednesday night—in front of a big TV audience watching the NBA Finals—to register its displeasure.
And what a lovely protest it is.
Apple used audio of the late Carl Sagan reading from his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space. The chosen passages, set to videos of natural landscapes (shot by everyday Apple users on their iPhones), resonate powerfully in the wake of Trump’s move, serving as a poetic warning of how much we have to lose, and with no viable Plan B whatsoever.
See the spot here:
Here are Sagan’s words, which are culled from a longer passage in the book:
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.