The video below was presented to world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, and shows that climate change can be solved. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, it calls on the people of the world to insist that leaders get on the right path to secure the future of humankind.
From actors and poets to politicians and businessmen, thought-leaders from around the world took to the stage to share their views on climate change. Here’s a round-up of just some of the quotes from the day.
‘As an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems.
‘I believe humankind has looked at Climate Change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that Climate Change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.
‘But I think we know better than that. Every week, we’re seeing new and undeniable Climate Events, evidence that accelerated Climate Change is here now. We know that droughts are intensifying, our oceans are warming and acidifying, with methane plumes rising up from beneath the ocean floor. We are seeing extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice-sheets melting at unprecedented rates, decades ahead of scientific projections.
‘None of this is rhetoric, and none of it is hysteria. It is fact. The scientific community knows it, Industry and Governments know it, even the United States military knows it. The Chief of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, recently said that Climate Change is our single greatest security threat.
‘My Friends, this body – perhaps more than any other gathering in human history – now faces that difficult task. You can make history… Or be vilified by it.’
Leonardo diCaprio, actor and UN ambassador