200 Leading Artists and Scientists Urge Politicians to Act ‘Firmly and Immediately’ to Solve Climate Crisis
Planet earth just got the star treatment.
Two hundred of the world’s leading artists and scientists signed a letter written by French actress Juliette Binoche and astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and published in leading French paper Le Monde Sunday, calling for urgent action on climate change.
“It is time to get serious,” the letter said, according to a translation provided by France24. “The sixth mass extinction is taking place at unprecedented speed. But it is not too late to avert the worst.”
Famous signatories included American actors like Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke and Bradley Cooper, British film stars like Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Kristin Scott Thomas and Charlotte Rampling, iconic French actresses Isabelle Adjani, Marion Cotillard and Catherine Deneuve, internationally-acclaimed directors Pedro Almodóvar, Jane Campion, David Cronenberg and Wim Wenders, singers Marianne Faithful, Patti Smith and Rufus Wainwright, as well as many leading scientists and thinkers including astrophysicist Hervé Dole and climate scientist Jean Jouzel.
The letter urged politicians to act “firmly and immediately,” according to France24, and to do whatever necessary to avert a climate crisis, even if unpopular.
The signatories referred to climate change and the “collapse of biodiversity” as the “greatest challenge in the history of mankind,” France24 reported.
The letter opened with a reference to the resignation of French environment minister Nicolas Hulot last Tuesday.
“I don’t want to lie anymore,” Hulot said in his announcement. “I don’t want to create the illusion that my presence in the government means that we are on top of these issues and therefore I take the decision to quit this government.”
Macron named French Parliament President François de Rugy as Hulot’s replacement Tuesday, POLITICO reported.
De Rugy was first elected to French parliament over ten years ago with the European Greens. He quit that party and founded his own green party in 2015, POLITICO reported.
However, Greenpeace France tweeted de Rugy Tuesday to remind him he had once said he was “fed up” with delays in the phase out, POLITICO reported. France was supposed to reduce nuclear power from 75 percent to 50 percent of its energy by 2025.
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