Aside from claims that climate change benefits ISIS and Boko Haram, both President Barack Obama (at COP21) and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” recently compared the dangers of climate change and global warming to the threat of terrorism. President of France François Hollande also made the comparison on Monday at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
Shortly after visiting the site of the recent terrorist attacks at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris with French President François Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Obama gave the opening address at the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris to address the issues of global climate change. Despite the recent events in Paris and the increased concern in the United States since 9/11, as the Washington Post reported, President Obama implied that global warming is a bigger threat than terrorism.
“The growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other. What should give us hope that this is a turning point, that this is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet… We salute the people of Paris for insisting this crucial conference go on—an act of defiance that proves nothing will deter us from building the future we want for our children. What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world, than marshaling our best efforts to save it?”
As noted by the BBC, the COP21 summit continues through December 11.
In a recent interview with Quartz, “The Science Guy” poses whether or not the news coverage devoted to terrorist attacks should so heavily outweigh the coverage given to global warming.
“The big thing I say all the time right now is talk about climate change. If we were talking about climate change in the same way we were talking about the terrorism in Paris or the racism in Ferguson, Missouri or Baltimore, Maryland, we would be getting the work done.”
In that same interview, Bill Nye answers questions about what individuals can do to start making changes, and his hopes for more electric cars and renewable energy sources.
Back at the Paris climate change conference, French President Hollande did not shy away from a comparison of fighting terrorism and fighting climate change.
“I’m not choosing between the fight against terrorism and the fight against global warming. These are two major challenges we must overcome. We must leave our children more than a world free of terror, we owe them a planet protected from disasters, a viable livable planet.”
Former Vice President Al Gore is in attendance at COP21. He has long been a champion of climate change awareness and the fight against global warming.
With ten days of the COP21 summit remaining, the coalition of national leaders will attempt to make good on their claim in 2011 to put a concrete plan into action by 2015 to help fight climate change on a global level.
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