“Think about your children”

Jane Goodall challenges Republicans on climate change

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At the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) one of the world’s most famous conservationists, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall, asked Congress Republicans to let go of their opposition against an international agreement on climate change. Talking to reporters, she said that these lawmakers are driven by short-term politics, saying they need to “just sit down, and forget about politics.” According to Goodall, success at conference would mean “a binding agreement to limit carbon,” but she added that “a binding agreement isn’t much use unless it leads to actions and implementation. So there has to be a commitment to go back to your nation and follow through.”

When asked whether this was likely to happen in the United States, she said this “depends on who the next president is, doesn’t it?” It was a clear dig at the leading Republican candidates, who have all claimed they would wind down President Obama’s climate policies. Negotiations at the Climate Conference in Paris are now going into their second and final week, and despite a commitment from Obama to cut America’s greenhouse gas emissions by a third by 2025, Republicans in Congress are intent on preventing a strong agreement. For those lawmakers, Goodall had a clear message: “Think about your children, and revisit your belief.”

Read the full story at Newsweek.

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