Former U.S. President Barack Obama says he believes President Biden’s climate package will be “historic” and he applauds efforts by all leaders, Democrats and Republicans, to slow global warming.
The former US president is heading to the summit to urge nations to act more quickly and more aggressively to reduce emissions and tackle the growing damage caused by climate change.
Obama made his comments Monday on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
In a widely personal speech yesterday afternoon, the former U.S. president said there had been times when he doubted if mankind could take matters into his hands by the time it was too late and “images of dystopia” creeping into his head.
He said climate change will affect all Americans, all people on the planet, regardless of how they vote.
He ended by saying it would take time adding: “I’m ready for the long haul if you are and so, let’s get to work.”Barack Obama
In his opening remarks, Barack Obama said that, as a former president, he did not have to attend events, but added: “When it comes to the health of our planet, and the things our kids and grandchildren inherit, it’s going to be very hard for you to keep me away.”
— Peter Davidson (@Peter_Davidson1) November 8, 2021
The US however has backpedaled its climate policies many times. Instead of blameshifting, what it should do now is to shoulder responsibility and take concrete actions.
— Zhang Jun (@ChinaAmbUN) November 2, 2021
We’ve done some important work since the Paris Agreement was signed six year ago, but we’re still nowhere near where we need to be on climate. Watch live from #COP26 in Glasgow as I talk about the steps we can take to combat climate change. https://t.co/fpoGbnNehm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 8, 2021