Arnold Schwarzenegger is in Paris for ‘cities day’ at the UN Climate Change Conference, where he said “building smart and healthy cities is the challenge of our time”.
Speaking at COP21 the former Governor of California and actor said: “This is not the movie world. We don’t have special effects or script writers who can write a better ending. This is the real world.”
“The World Health Organization (WHO) says air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths every year. We keep burning coal and oil. We keep polluting the world. I am here to say that it’s absolutely bogus and it’s the wrong way to go. There is a better way and what I am talking about is not fantasy. It is not idealistic naivety. What I am talking about is the work being done all over the world from the from the bottom up, the local and regional levels.
“The leaders of the world are in Paris and the spotlight is on them – it is also of course on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Holland, and Foreign Minister Fabius and all the extraordinary work they have been doing to secure an international agreement.”
“We need to pick up the torch and march forward relentlessly, like a terminator”, said Schwarzenegger, calling for a climate agreement “because the world deserves it.”