WGS 2019: Harrison Ford – Climate Change is the Greatest Moral Crisis of Our Time

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Actor and conservationist Harrison Ford said climate change presents
humanity in the 21st century with its most urgent moral crisis in an
impassioned speech at the seventh World Government Summit (WGS 2019) in
Dubai today.

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The greatest moral crisis of our time. Actor and climate change activist Harrison Ford tells high-level delegates at the World Government Summit in Dubai that the planet will be irreparably damaged in just 10 years if we don’t act now. (Photo: AETOSWire)

Ford said global cities including Dubai, London, Los Angeles and Hong
Kong are under threat from rising sea levels caused by warming oceans.

“75 percent of the largest cities are on the coastline. As oceans warm,
sea levels rise – endangering populations, threatening economies and
their existence. All of us – rich or poor, powerful or powerless – will
suffer the effects of climate change,” the Conservation International
Vice Chair, 76, said in front of a packed out plenary hall at Madinat
Jumeirah, Dubai.

He argued when it comes to protecting oceans the world has proved
woefully inadequate, stating, “The earth and seas are the legacy we
leave our children. In 10 years it may be too late.”

The UAE is the world’s first nation to have a Ministry of Climate Change
and Environment, and Minister Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi introduced Ford.

Ford warned delegates at the event: “We are facing what I believe is the
greatest moral crisis of our time. We need to ask governments,
businesses and communities to act, to invest in their environment and in
our future. If nature is not kept healthy, humans will not survive –
it’s as simple as that.”

“If we are to survive on this planet – for our climate, for our
security, for our future – we need nature now more than ever. Because
nature doesn’t need people – people need nature.

“So let’s work together, let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s get this thing
done,” he concluded.

The three-day World Government Summit 2019 runs until February 12 at
Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The landmark event has convened more than
4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and
governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 30 international
organizations.

*Source: AETOSWire

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