Robert DeNiro on Trump and Climate Change

Dubai: Oscar-winning American actor Robert DeNiro had some harsh words for the revised climate change stance by the leadership in his own country and its ecological record over the past year in remarks to the World Government Summit on Sunday.

Hollywood veteran DeNiro took aim at US President Donald J. Trump for an unenthusiastic approach to climate change.

Trump signalled early in his administration that he was not in favour of the Paris Climate Accord as agreed upon by 196 countries, including the UAE, in late 2015 to hold carbon emissions to less than two per cent in coming decades.

“My country will eventually cure itself by voting our dangerous  leader and the knighted ministers out of office. Then we can listen,” DeNiro said.

“I’m not here to talk about America’s politics but America’s policies have an effect on the crisis we’re here to engage. Under Trump’s direction, America’s arrogance is doing lasting damage to our planet and we are all paying the consequences. This is not the will of the American people,”DeNiro said.

There is an upside, said DeNiro, who lauded international efforts to reduce greenhouse gases by countries such as the UAE who have committed to reduce carbon emissions as part of its commitment to the Paris deal.

“The initiative by the United Arab Emirates to help fund sustainable energy and protect resources is a model of humanitarian response and a template to what a responsible future should look like,”DeNiro said.

DeNiro lauded Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the UAE, who hosted Sunday’s Climate Change Forum at the government summit. 

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