The World Economic Forum at Davos is in Session this monthby admin on 02/20/2019 12:00 PM
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had some choice words for fellow heads of state who aren’t pulling their weight in the fight against catastrophic climate change.
Speaking in the session Safeguarding Our Planet alongside broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Ardern was asked by former US Vice-President Al Gore what she would say to world leaders who don’t believe the climate crisis is real.
“I wonder whether or not I would say anything or if I would just show them something,” she said. “It only takes a trip to the Pacific to see that climate change isn’t a hypothetical, and you don’t have to know anything about the science … to have someone from the Pacific island nations take you to a place they used to play as a child on the coast and show you where they used to stand and where the water now rises.”
“You don’t have to cede power by acting on climate change,” she continued. “There’s nothing to fear about your individual status … This is about being on the right side of history. Do you want to be a leader that looks back in time and say that you were on the wrong side of the argument when the world was crying out for a solution? It’s as simple as that.” . . .
Ardern also talked about her government’s plans to move away from traditional methods of measuring economic growth and development towards a “wellbeing budget” that considers both the health of New Zealanders and the natural world. Read more . . .
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