Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared war on climate change on December 2, local time,media reported. The two are understood to have led a group of mPs and leading an all-star team to launch a campaign called World War Zero to get individuals, businesses and governments to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
World War Zero members are understood to be among more than 70 celebrities, including the Clintons, Richard Branson, Jimmy Fallon, Cindy McCain and Al Sharpton. They plan to launch 10 million “climate talks” by 2020.
“Our dependence on fossil fuels is killing us,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement Monday. World War Zero brings together leaders from different backgrounds and perspectives to find a way forward and inspire every citizen to act. “
An international team of scientists reported last year that the world needs net zero emissions by the middle of this century to prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change. This means reducing greenhouse gas emissions to almost zero and beginning to eliminate excess anthropogenic greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Since the report was published, cities, scientists and, most recently, the European Parliament have declared a “climate emergency”.
Kerry likened the urgency of climate change to the challenges the United States faced during World War II. “When the United States was attacked in World War II, we put aside our differences, united and mobilized to defeat our common enemy,” Kerry said in a statement. Now we’re launching World War Zero to bring back the spirit of unity, common purpose and urgency to the present world and to fight the great threat of our time.”
Kerry’s initiative is understood to focus on reducing carbon emissions and says doing so will create millions of new jobs in the process. But it avoids more intense debate about correcting environmental injustices. Kerry said his new initiative had nothing to do with policy. “We’re not going to get bogged down because of this or that kind of plan,” he told the New York Times. “