President Barack Obama urged leaders and attendees from nearly 200 countries at the opening session of COP21, the U.N. climate conference in Paris, to “act here, act now” to prevent a climate catastrophe. “That hour is almost upon us.”
“I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late and when it comes to climate change,” Obama said. “That hour is almost upon us.”
The president added that today nations share a “sense of urgency” and know it’s within their power to do something about it. He added that his visit to Alaska during the summer gave him a glimpse of the larger impacts of climate change.
“It was a preview of one possible future, a glimpse of our children’s fate if the climate keeps changing faster than our efforts to address it: Submerged countries, abandoned cities, fields that no longer grow, political disruptions that trigger new conflict, and even more floods of desperate peoples seeking the sanctuary of nations not their own,” Obama said.