Former California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling for more to be done to combat climate change, saying it is ‘the issue of our time.’
Speaking Sunday to a small group at the Munich security conference, where he introduced a new policy paper ‘The Future of Energy,’ Schwarzenegger said his experience in California was that the adoption of green energy creates jobs and leads to energy independence.
He applauded formal efforts to come to new agreements to reduce carbon emissions and fight global warming, but says there is no need for governments to wait for summits.
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Schwarzenegger says the issue shouldn’t be politicized and people should work together for solutions.
He says ‘we all breathe the same air.’
Schwarzenegger and Vitali Klitschko, lord mayor of Kiev shake hands at the 51st Munich Security Conference
The remarks came just day after Schwarzenegger praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his endeavours in working towards issues concerning the environment.
After a grinding shooting schedule for the fifth installment of Terminator titled Terminator: Genisys, the governator – as he is fondly known – headed straight to India for the 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.
Speaking at the event, Arnold, 67, vowed to ‘terminate climate change’ from the planet while confirming that he is ‘an action hero in movies while (TERI director-general Dr R.K.) Pachauri is the hero of the Green world.’
Actor, politician and environment activist Arnold Schwarzenegger
The many moods of the Governator: Actor, politician and environment activist Arnold Schwarzenegger reacts during various moments of the summit
The summit meet was attended by Pachauri and France’s incumbent foreign minister and former prime minister Laurent Fabius, among others.
ArnoldSchwarzenegger at the 15th Delhi Sustainable DevelopmentSummit
Wearing a charming smile, Arnold was all praise for the Indian prime minister.
‘I have admired him and watched him very carefully since he was the chief minister of Gujarat, which I hear is the California of India. He was the one who started the solar revolution in India, and came up with the idea of covering canals with solar panels,’ Schwarzenegger said.
‘He is a great hope,’ said Arnie – his another nickname – applauding the celebrated and ‘brilliant idea’ of the Gujarat model.
‘Now the central government here wants to cover over 1,000 miles of canals to generate thousands of MW of clean energy,’ he added.
Stating that he hopes Modi will continue to work for the benefit of the environment, Arnold said: ‘I hope he also comes with us for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP in Paris for negotiations in November.’
Pointing at environmental challenges faced by India, Arnold said: ‘It is easy for the outside world to make statements. Indians are dealing with indoor pollution and harmful effects of kerosene. International contribution is needed to work together with India.’
A big supporter of renewable energy, Arnold batted for creating self-sufficient energy resources through solar and wind energy.
‘About 40 million tonnes of additional harmful greenhouse gases are emitted every year. Around the world, about seven million people die due to pollution- related illnesses. One million of them are from India,’ the former governor of California said.
There is a close connection between environment and economy, he said.
‘The economy of California grew 3.6 per cent last year because people supported effective use of fuel. Environmental commitments helped create more jobs and stimulated the economy,’ Arnold said.
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