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He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him | Short Film Showcase

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Welcome to Gothic, Colorado—one of the coldest places in the United States. This ghost town has been abandoned since the 1920s, but there is at least one person who still calls it home. For more than 40 years, current resident billy barr has lived in a small cabin, recording data about the snowpack to pass the time. In this short film, Morgan Heim of Day’s Edge Productions profiles the legendary local who inadvertently provided scientists with a treasure trove of climate change data. Winner of the Film4Climate competition organized by the Connect4Climate Program of the World Bank (film4climate.net). ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email sfs@natgeo.com to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Day’s Edge Productions: http://www.daysedge.com/ He Spent 40 Years Alone in the Woods, and Now Scientists Love Him | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/L72G8TLtTCk National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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Justus Stern (1 hour ago)
There you have it ! Global DIMMING is the reason for global warming !
Vaettra (8 hours ago)
Clickbait title. Scientists love his notes, not the dude himself, wtf.
Mr Bulgaria pepi (9 hours ago)
Do not adjust to climate change do something about it, by researching the animal agriculture that is responsible for over 50% of greenhouse gases way more than the whole Transportation section in the world we humans just need to change to a plant-based lifestyle and then include more compassion and only then we are able to allow the planet to start reversing the process, and the consciousness off all Humanity must be less violent and then the planet will respond the same way we are experiencing our manifestation of the past decades simple but only one must open their eyes and stop being ignorant and start looking around in order to recognize the truth.
judy lapointe (9 hours ago)
like all problems, you have to stop causing the problem for the problem to go away- climate change is more than reversible once we stop causing climate to change. Adapting to deadly behavior just leaves you dead.
John Hummer (10 hours ago)
Agreed, more a propaganda prod. than anything!
Dejan Krstic (12 hours ago)
My dream life. I considered doing the same as a 26 year old because I don't like where society is going and what's become.
Sharon Yarwood (1 day ago)
Sorry, if the World Bank is involved there's an evil agenda and it's probably all lies.
Paul Correia (2 days ago)
Isolation, it's not for everyone, but think about it, how much time would you put in ??? You have to love your surroundings and truly love life!!! HATS OFF!
Zara thustra (2 days ago)
OmG ... some poor assistant has to digitalize it
Kevin Oloane (2 days ago)
I live in a cabin in Flagstaff,AZ
J Guy (2 days ago)
More leftist propaganda and nonsense. Wake up people, you are brainwashed by the media.
TheCeroak (2 days ago)
You don't reverse it. You let nature take it's natural course. When you have a virus your body gets hotter. Some will not make especially if they have a virus mentality. Change Yourself change the World. It is that simple Find your own way by looking inward. Not religiously. Just in all look inward. Every way that your personality fits. Find your own truth
Morris Elfenbaum (2 days ago)
Chris (3 days ago)
global warming hoax hahaha created by soros because he couldn't ski or ice skate
Matthias Eckerle (3 days ago)
It is somehow interesting that especially Americans do not believe in global warming. They spend a lot of energy and have the biggest cars. They have this cowboy mentality and do not have to be thoughtful about their behaviour it seems.
Muhammad Jalil (3 days ago)
8 millions viewers have nothing to as, am I the representative of 8 m ppl including 8 thousand reporter, so hat guys this guy is cooooollll as snow
Lagnd (3 days ago)
I knew it! there's a Santa in this world!
Emmett Laggis (3 days ago)
Dude billy sup neighbor
vanilla50 (3 days ago)
The real story is the rest of the story.
Juanita Atkins Johnson (3 days ago)
Awesome Life God Bless
Especial 2X1 (4 days ago)
What an useless video omg lol...
mikhail2066 (4 days ago)
spot the snowboards at 2.58
tshepp89 (4 days ago)
Carries a few weeks of supplies on his skis? Yeah right.
UW 1999 (4 days ago)
Even though I've been married for 15 years/living with my wife, but I feel like living alone! Blessed 😂
BrytheP (5 days ago)
BS video, this guy was in another NG show "Port Protection".(Alaska 4-5 yr.'s ago)...not that i disagree with the content or point.
Isaiah Boren (5 days ago)
Smart guy
lauraNY (6 days ago)
I wanna do the same 🙏😇 please God 🙏 but somewhere little warmer 😉
Trotskisty (6 days ago)
A shame he never found a woman to share his life with.
S G (6 days ago)
Tea and Cricket 👌👌
Saintbry (6 days ago)
Billy getting old now.... good people please check on him weekly
Native722 (6 days ago)
No women?
Benjamin Hamer (7 days ago)
The Spirit of Merlin came to help us out.
ItsBillyOf YT (7 days ago)
My name is billy too and I love snowy day too samesies
Sophie (7 days ago)
very basic documentary, we know nothing
Alex Hobbs (3 days ago)
Sophie it's 5 mins
jamieson collie (7 days ago)
This is terrible that climate change is not a factor in our politics
Olson De Asis (7 days ago)
I thought it not from national geographic channel because of that title.
Onedread806 Brown (7 days ago)
heaven on earth right there just need guns and family out there
J S (7 days ago)
I wouldnt mind living in the woods alone period, im not a social guy which would fit my lifestyle.
Sonia Nawrocka (8 days ago)
I cannot believe there are so many comments here of people who do not believe we are causing the planet's global warming crisis... They even think the trends are part of a long term average!
daws555 (8 days ago)
How he can afford that going to town buy stuff. Maintain house ?
Mike Kauspedas (8 days ago)
All I get is 5m?
zfgkjbkj (9 days ago)
but dermatologist hate him!
Nikola Badev (9 days ago)
Thank you mr.
thupten lama (9 days ago)
I want to be your personal assistant
Chente 25 (10 days ago)
took outta here! how do you not have water when you live unfrozen water??????????????
Pressure Cooker Chris (10 days ago)
They must have hired the narrator from Fiverr! lol Seriously...
Greg Benson (10 days ago)
People can't worry about the survival of the planet while they have to be so worried about their own daily survival. We must solve poverty first, then people will be in a position to help.
Greg Benson (10 days ago)
I know I've seen this before, but I don't remember anything about it.
Evelyn Mele (10 days ago)
Love the solar panels... A true survivor. His logs are beneficial to affirm that the Earth is still going through her natural cycles like always for the last hundred thousands of years. From green swamps to glaciers and vice versa. Our Earth ...
Si Hop (11 days ago)
National Geographic and such publications as news week, the economist, readers digest, many popular science magazines and countless others should be seen for what they are : technocratic tools used by the perception management & social engineers to implant memes, false narratives, & lies of every stripe. They want to manipulate your thinking to the point where they know how & what you think. This particular story is obviously `global warming` propaganda ..
Dank Fag (11 days ago)
What a legend
サイヤジン 王子 (11 days ago)
What a ridiculous title for a channel like NatGeo.
Fredericka Bell (12 days ago)
40 years in the woods ? I can't imagine"
organizemyroom s (12 days ago)
climatologist are getting their data from homeless people. lol
Nathaniel Anderson (12 days ago)
How does he pay for supplies?
Star Brand (12 days ago)
Just give me a mountain of comic books, Netflix, Hulu and YouTube of course and I'm good for 30 years or so.
Belus Traveller (12 days ago)
No one will replace him, he is priceless
mimoocho dom (13 days ago)
What if he got sick or needed hospitalization?
tsohgallik (14 days ago)
BS he doesn't live off the grid or alone... He's got Television and Solar Panels... Total clickbait..
MAGA anti-globalist (14 days ago)
The planet is coming out of a mini ice age, "global warming" is also happening on Mars, nothing to worry about CO2 is plant food. "Global warming" is just another excuse for the elite to tax you. Dont buy it.
potrart_ studio (15 days ago)
Wow ! Sounds perfect
Lukey b (15 days ago)
2:02 song
RON YAH YISRAEL (17 days ago)
This guy was MGTOW before their was MGTOW. Pure inspiration. I’m taking notes.
EyeRaiseMyVibe (17 days ago)
Beautiful! Thanks!
dondodda don (18 days ago)
Where he get money from?
Thu truth (18 days ago)
adapt to geoengineering...
curious mage (20 days ago)
they always gonna have to add some political spin to it .
Sergei Davidoff (21 days ago)
It looks more like a resort getaway than a hermit's cabin. BS.
Love Music (21 days ago)
I was wondering about the expensive looking scientific equipment billy is using. In the credits I saw Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory listed. Looked them up...they are located in Gothic. There very well could be an association that we just weren't told about. Also, looks like there's more than a small town close by for billy to connect with - when he wants to...
Jesse Lopez (21 days ago)
There is NO global warming its a lie😎👍
David Beck (21 days ago)
It MUST be GloBULL warming!
θ (21 days ago)
He prolly dead by now
Sarah mother fkn Davis (22 days ago)
Isn't crazy that we were meant to live like this but we have evolved and learned through out millions of years how to create and god put everything here for our use. Think about what's in the dirt.... Silver, gold, copper, aluminum and how much we use of just even aluminum... So bizarre really if you actually think about it.
THE MOE & COOPER SHOW™ (22 days ago)
Might have to do this
Staar Gaazing (23 days ago)
i photograph the insects on one flower from bud to seeds. everbody's got be busy doing something, there's plenty to do.
James Wayne (23 days ago)
Send him an Indian woman as a reward.
­ ­ (19 days ago)
...and call it the Concubine Cabin Resort!!! Yes.
paul gibbins (23 days ago)
He said he lived in a small shack ! That looks like an expensive place to me with all the mod cons . Someone isn't telling the whole truth ...
GunmAlita (23 days ago)
So fake how can he possibly pay for his Netflix and Xbox Live subscription with no money.....
Matthew CathInfo (24 days ago)
Not another "ee cummings" wannabe who thinks he's so special he gets to redefine the laws of phonics or grammar. You can spell your name within reason, but you can't redefine basic phonics or capitalization rules. Pretentious b@stard thinks he's so special that HIS name isn't to be capitalized. "My name is John, to be spelled X - E - L - O." Go jump in the lake!
Meghan Touchette (24 days ago)
Andy Andy (24 days ago)
Interesting, the angle, can someone explain to me how the city of Troy has moved so far inland? Do we want to change nature’s nature? I do respect this fellow though.
Josh Manaois (24 days ago)
This is a very peaceful vid ever
Andy Rosamond (24 days ago)
The wizard.
msbutterfly1010 (24 days ago)
It's Roger Sterling!
Tiana Liao (25 days ago)
OMG its Gandalf!!!!!
Brent Litchfield (25 days ago)
rich loner, so what?
Joy Kumar (25 days ago)
Billy Joseph Cabayan (25 days ago)
How did he get a t.v. and a solar power panel?
Billy Joseph Cabayan (25 days ago)
I think his life is wonderful..
Arctic Seraph (25 days ago)
National Geographic must have employed someone who comes up with click bait titles for this video. Looks like they have down graded.
Rama Bhardwaj (25 days ago)
Great advice at the end x
Hammer Hand (25 days ago)
So....clickbait. Got it.
Kig Konnee (25 days ago)
WRONG TITLE! Should be a tutorial how to be loved by scientist.
Mark Bravo (25 days ago)
Has he changed his draws yet ? Then he can stay out there another 40 Years ...
Piano Lady (26 days ago)
I live alone on a mountain ... go to town once a month for supplies ... in the solitude and the silence one can hear the voice of God.
blakespower (26 days ago)
oh yeah?, just don't act on what "god" is telling you!
Ben Lee (26 days ago)
4:35 Eh, id rather change the climate change, not adapt
NuvYou (26 days ago)
billy is my hero! I live in an 8x 8 foot shack with wood stove for Canadian winters. Life is good.
James O (26 days ago)
I like when you read small little articles in the Newspapers, such as ones which declared that Scientist know how to control Hurricane strength by flying a plane into the eye and dispersing certain chemical concoction to lessen, and I would assume they can as well strengthen it. Something to chew on with your "the weather is acting abnormally and things are getting warmer"
Thor _ (26 days ago)
Bollywood,, must be the cabin fever taking over.
Demasys (26 days ago)
i hear you on the global issue. but i would love to live like that for some time.