Celebrities lead global call to act on climate crisis

(EurActiv, 12 Oct 2020) With a call to “fix our climate” by 2030, Prince William on Saturday (10 October) joined a global array of activists, artists, celebrities and politicians taking part in a free streamed TED event aimed at mobilising and unifying people to confront the climate crisis.

“The shared goals of our generation are clear,” Prince William said in a video message kicking off the event, dubbed Countdown.

“Together we must protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world and fix our climate.”

Countdown opened with a focus on ways in which damage to the environment also fuels social and racial injustice.

“Black people breathe the most toxic air relative to the general population, and it is people of color who are most likely to suffer in the climate crisis,” said British Parliament member David Lammy.

“It gives all new meaning to the Black Lives Matter slogan ‘I can’t breathe.'”

Lammy called for climate and social justice leaders to join force, and for a new international “ecocide” law to criminalise “the most severe actions against nature itself.”

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EurActiv, 12 Oct 2020: Celebrities lead global call to act on climate crisis