Actor and environmental activist Harrison Ford impassively pleads that we protect biodiversity, during a speech at the start of the World Conservation Congress in Marseille, a city in southern France, Friday (3/9).
Introduced by French President Emmanuel Macron, Ford told the audience it was “difficult to devote oneself to such an urgent cause and not be able to get the traction needed to make the changes that are absolutely necessary.”
The conference, held every four years, focuses on the urgent action needed to protect wildlife. Several recent studies report that many of the planet’s ecosystems are under severe stress due to global warming, overuse and other threats.
Ford, best known for his Star Wars films and his role as Indiana Jones, is a seasoned environmental activist. He urged everyone to avoid complacency and political polarization and “get to work.”
“It’s hard to see the rise of nationalism in the face of a global threat that requires global cooperation, global action,” Ford said. “It’s hard to read the headlines, the floods, the fires, the famine, the plague and tell the kids that everything is fine. Obviously, this situation is not okay.”
Ford added that now was the time to act. [ka/pp]