What Can Kids Do About Climate Change? - Mission: Tipping Point - The term “tipping point” is used in science to describe some sort of “point of no return”, or the moment at which some event becomes unstoppable.
In physics, we might have some kind of object just sitting there, perfectly
balanced. If we add some weight to it, or stack another object on top, they
might begin to lose that perfect balance, even just a little bit. We could add a little more, and a little more, and a little more. Now all that extra weight might cause it to sway back and forth a lot, until - with just the right amount of weight added - it sways a bit too far and topples to the ground.
That’s the tipping point!
Something you may not know is that people can have a tipping point too.
With people, a tipping point happens when a large number of people - a
group, or a community, or a country - change their behavior really fast, and in a dramatic way.
In this episode, we’re going to explore some of the ways that our culture is
experiencing a tipping point when it comes to our desire and ability to help