June 25, 2017
Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a film star who is also an environmentalist, stole the show at a gathering of mayors committed to climate and energy objectives held in the European Parliament on June 24.
Speaking to the annual meeting of the Covenant of Mayors, Schwarzenegger was applauded as he said that real drama was not in Hollywood movies, but in the climate change challenge.
“If we do nothing, we are on track for a temperature increase of 3.6 to 5.3 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. We have already seen in California the changes. There is no longer a fire season. We have fires all year round,” he said, adding that by 2011 when he was still governor there were around 2,000 forest and brush fires.
Schwarzenegger announced a partnership of his organisation Regions of Climate Action (R20) and the Covenant of Mayors.
R20 is a NGO he founded in November 2010 which aims public-private efforts to create a “green economy”.
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