As more than 150 world leaders gather in Paris at the COP21, the UN Climate Summit, to forge a historic agreement to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and stop the worst effects of climate change, President Obama spoke about the “growing threat of climate change,” stressing the agreement should be “global in nature, assertive and flexible.”
“That’s what we seek in these next two weeks — not simply an agreement to roll back the pollution we put into the skies, but an agreement that helps us lift people from poverty without condemning the next generation to a planet that is beyond its capacity to repair.”
President Obama underscored the importance of COP21 because “the next generation is watching.”
“Accepting this challenge will not reward us with moments of victory that are clear or quick…Our progress will be measured differently — in the suffering that is averted, and a planet that’s preserved…but the knowledge that the next generation will be better off for what we do here — can we imagine a more worthy reward than that? Passing that on to our children and our grandchildren, so that when they look back and they see what we did here in Paris, they can take pride in our achievement. Let that be the common purpose here in Paris. A world that is worthy of our children.”
“Let that be our common purpose in Paris: A world that is worthy of our children” —@POTUS#ParisClimateConferencehttps://t.co/5w2hTP5Cja
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 30, 2015
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