President Barack Obama discussed the threat of climate change at the climate conference in Paris yesterday. This article captures some of his arguments focused on preserving the world for future generations and quotes him imploring world leaders to play a role in creating transformative change before time runs out.
In my opinion, besides the eloquent and inspiring arguments made by the president, credit must also be given to the city of Paris for carrying on with the summit despite the recent terror attacks. Obama rightly termed this an act of defiance.
Hopefully, the world can be equally defiant in combatting climate change - a silent terrorist that hides behind a mask of concrete jungles and blue skies. The age of the Anthropocene is upon us, and no matter how many wars we fight against each other, we will never win a war against the planet.
“That’s what we seek in these next two weeks,” he said. "Not simply an agreement to roll back the pollution we put into our skies, but an agreement that helps us lift people from poverty without condemning the next generation to a planet that’s beyond its capacity to repair.”