Robert Redford: People Are ‘Seeing Climate Change from Their Homes’

redfordActor Robert Redford joined world leaders, legislators, and a handful of celebrities at the Cop21 international climate change conference in Paris over the weekend, where he urged attendees to “change the momentum” to halt global warming, the effects of which are being seen and felt by people “in their own backyard.”

The 79-year-old Oscar-winner and Natural Resources Defense Council Trustee addressed the conference on Sunday, where he called climate change a “global problem and people worldwide are feeling the effects.”

“In America, there are lot of members of the political system who don’t believe the science and they’ve done a lot to stop the conversation,” Redford said, according to People. “But worldwide, I don’t think you can stop that conversation any longer. Because people are feeling climate change in their own backyard, seeing climate change from their homes – there are droughts and rising sea levels and you can’t deny these.”

Redford has long been an advocate for climate change awareness. In 1975, the same year he became an NRDC trustee, the actor lobbied against a proposed power plant in a much-publicized report on 60 Minutes. The plant developers were reportedly forced to scuttle their plans after the report aired.

In an interview with Time, Redford said the American people need to act on climate change even if the country’s leaders won’t.

“You have to move on without [Washington] because if you wait for that you will die and they will still be talking,” he told the outlet. “I guess the optimistic thing is that those people in Congress who are climate deniers, I think their time has run out. From my experience in my country, America over and over again takes itself right to the brink, it puts one foot over but it never goes over. It wakes up at the last minute and says woah, and then pulls back because suddenly they get reasonable.”

Redford was not the only actor to address the climate change conference; according to the New York Times, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke to mayors of cities from all over the world at the Climate Summit for Local Leaders hosted by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Sunday.

DiCaprio said that the Paris conference must produce an agreement, “because we are fundamentally running out of time.”

“Climate change is the most fundamental and existential threat to our species,” the Revenant actor and longtime environmental activist added. “The consequences are unthinkable and worse, it has the potential to make our planet unlivable.”

DiCaprio also met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and thanked him on Twitter for his work at the conference.

Also on hand at Cop21 was two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn, who met with French President Francois Hollande and also addressed the conference, according to the Daily Mail.

“Perhaps this is the most exciting time in human history,” Penn said.”Those illusions of having too many difficult choices have always created chaos. Now we live in a time where there are no choices. We have certainty. The days of dreams have given way to the days of doing.”

The Cop21 conference began last month and is scheduled to run until December 11.


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    Thank god for scientific experts like Robert Redford and Al Gore who have no other agenda for climate change but their love for the “planet”.

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    Confusing improving the environment (a great cause ) with the utter nonsense that humans are going to control and alter climate change is surprising for this great actor and intelligent man .
    If people want to believe humans are some how going to tweak the earth’s temperature who gets to chose by how much ? Robert Redford , Al Gore
    the Pope ,maybe China they have the most people .
    Perhaps a committee of UN officials every year at their annual all expenses paid conference .
    How did Robert Redford get to the Paris conference ?
    Row boat , solar powered jet ? All those great movies he made could not have happened without fossil fuel.

    The sun runs the show and everything else is just small supporting cast . If it suddenly starts getting cold as predicted ,because of diminished sun spot activity ,does Robert Redford believe increasing CO2
    will have any effect at all when it represents a fraction of 1 % of the earth’s atmosphere ?

    Questions of science, need to be discussed ,debated
    not shut down as is currently the case with the study of climate .
    If there wasn’t $$ billions involved who would be
    afraid of following the scientific method ?

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    Redford’s nuts. The only “climate change” I see going on is cyclical. Drought, floods, etc. And even floods are more of a weather event. We’ve had bitter winters and we’ve had mild ones. I can remember when everyone considered a mild winter a blessing – now you have people saying “WE’RE GONNA DIE” because it’s 60F in Dec. Nothing new there. Those of us with good memories know we usually get payback big time.
    You have a group called “Protect Our Winters” – as if CO2 had anything to do with the tilt of the planet. Been keeping track of that. To paraphrase a famous quote, “Our winters don’t need no stinking protection.” [url][/url]

    So…so what if we get 60F in Dec. Let it be. Somewhere on the planet, someone else is getting some bitter cold temps because the jet stream changed directions. These people don’t stop to think it’s gotta go some place if it’s not here. My guess is that Siberia is getting hit particularly hard right now. We should be grateful. Redford and his ilk need to find real jobs. They have way too much time on their hands.
    And I’d wish more of last year’s snow on Gina McCarthy, but if that wasn’t enough snow and cold for her, it never will be – and I wouldn’t want the rest of Boston to have to repeat that. Just send all alarmists to the North Pole – or Antarctica – whatever their preference – I just want them to leave the rest of us alone.

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    People like Redford buy into the whole climate change campaign because it endears them within the wine and goat cheese liberal social scene that is their life. Ridiculous as they often are, leftist solutions to imagined or contrived crisis are [b]easy[/b] for celebrities to promote and seldom require thoughtful or factual defense among their adoring friends in the media.

    I give Robert Redford absolutely no credit for intellectual bravery or resolve. Climate change promotion is the easiest thing he could do.

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