Planet Serious: Jonathan Toews weighs in on climate change

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Jonathan Toews earned the nickname “Captain Serious” in part because he follows the simple, humble script of often giving the most vanilla quotes possible.

(Then again, Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid give him great competition in that regard.)

It’s probably not that shocking that these players are likely a lot more interesting than sometimes-listless interviews would indicate, but either way, it’s refreshing when they open up. With that in mind, many were heartened to read Toews’ Instagram take on the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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Do you believe in climate change? Whether you're super pumped that we are putting 'Americans first' or you are absolutely outraged at the idea that we are taking yet another step backwards in dealing with a major global problem, the only way to solve this argument is to try and set your own agenda aside and see how this affects everybody. The only lie we tell ourselves is that we are more special than other life forms on the planet. Well, we're not. Even if we weren't responsible for any major climate catastrophes heading our way, shouldn't we still do our part to preserve what we have left? The same way that we shouldn't wait till our bodies break down completely to start doing the right things to stay healthy, let's not wait till it's too late to do something. I am not saying I am perfectly 'green', but the first step is to keep an open mind and try to learn what you don't already know.

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Interesting stuff from the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain.