Harrison Ford Calls Donald Trump a Coward For Not Acting Against Climate Change

The American actor Harrison Ford has reproached the Government of Donald Trump for his "lack of courage" in the fight against climate change, after in 2017 he announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Accords. The Hollywood actor has generated as much or more expectation than the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg is waking up these days, which has prevented dozens of participants and journalists from entering the Climate Summit.

"We are not here to discuss the facts. We already know what to do. We know the facts. What we need now is the courage to act," said the famous 'Indiana Jones' actor, who has intervened in an act at US Climate Action Center of the #WeAreStillIn movement at the Madrid Climate Summit (COP25), held in Madrid until December 13.

In the opinion of the actor, in 2017 the Government of Donald Trump "demonstrated a lack of courage" by announcing his departure from the Paris Agreement, signed at COP21 of 2015. However, municipal and American governments, corporations and other elements of civil society "yes they committed themselves to achieve the objectives of Paris". "They accepted the responsibility that our federal government was determined to avoid. They demonstrated value," he says.

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Thus, he has urged to build on the leadership of these actors, foster their political will "to do even more" and recognize and change behaviors that accelerate the climate crisis. "We have to protect the ability of nature to support humanity. We have to drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, accelerate the transition to clean and renewable energy," he added.

According to the actor, "a large part of the climate solution can come from protecting nature's ability to store carbon," which, according to Ford, is known "with great scientific certainty."

Protect the Amazon

In this sense, he has urged the protection and restoration of places like the Amazon, because if not, he will be "far" from keeping the planet habitable "and nothing else will matter."

It has also urged the need to "put an end to deforestation and expose the pernicious financial mechanisms that finance it." "We are destroying intact tropical and boreal forests, destroying biodiversity and indigenous peoples and their knowledge of these places," he lamented.

And he has demanded the need to have "allies." "We need to improve the diversity of our cultural and political conversations. And most importantly, indigenous peoples with their wisdom and understanding must have a seat on the table," he added.

Finally, he has asked that the young people of the world be heard. "We cannot continue to deny them the emergency to direct their future. We need to get out of the way and let them lead," he said, to conclude that "the antidote to despair is hope and collective action."

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