Thursday, December 6, 2018

Schwartzenegger and Attenborough address U.N. climate conference in Poland

President Trump's rejection of the National Climate Assessment is not the only climate news going on lately.  The United Nations is holding the COP24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.  While I have found very little coverage in the mainstream American press, foreign outlets appear to be covering it well.  I begin with the CBC, which reported on Monday, Celebrity voices call for change at global climate conference.

Famed British naturalist Sir David Attenborough told the UN climate conference in Poland that the "collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizons" if no urgent action is taken against global warming. He was joined by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger in calling for change at the COP 24 United Nations climate change conference.
Guardian News has more of Emmy winner Attenborough's remarks in 'Continuation of civilisation is in your hands,' Attenborough tells world leaders.

The broadcaster David Attenborough told delegates at a UN climate summit: 'If we don't take action the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.' The naturalist was chosen to represent the world’s people at the summit in Poland.
That's an appropriately scary pronouncement, one that I couldn't have said better myself.  I hope the conference attendees take heed.

Speaking of hope, actor and former California Governor Schwarzenegger offered some in Arnold vs. Donald: Schwarzenegger takes shots at Trump during COP24 from Global News (Canada).

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he could travel back in time like the cyborg he played in "The Terminator" so he could stop fossil fuels from being used.

"If we would've never started in that direction and used other technology, we'd be much better off," the actor and former California governor said December 3 at the start of a U.N. climate conference in Poland. "The biggest evil is fossil fuels: it's coal, it's gasoline, it's the natural gas," he told conference delegates.

Schwarzenegger also insisted that the United States was "still in" an international accord to curb global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to walk away from the agreement. Calling Trump "meshugge" - Yiddish for "crazy" - for abandoning the accord, Schwarzenegger said the 2015 agreement has widespread support at the local and state levels even if the federal government isn't on board.
Now, that's both a Hollywood and a Crazy Eddie solution to the problem.  I approve the sentiment, even though I know it's scientifically impossible.

I may have more from COP24.  Stay tuned.

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