AP Interview: Redford says fighting global warming is urgent

AP Interview: Redford says fighting global warming is urgent

PARIS (AP) — American actor & environmental activist Robert Redford called global warming "an urgent matter" Friday & encouraged mayors to reduce local emissions even as world diplomats are trying to work out a global climate accord.

Redford, trustee of the NGO Natural Resources Defense Council, told The Associated Press that the U.N. climate conference under way in Paris is "key."

"I think we're running out of time because the planet is running out of resources," he said. "I think now the American people are waking up to the fact that nothing has happened & then the consequences are going to fall on them — the people — & not the politicians."

p>Redford was invited to a climate meeting of mayors & local leaders in Paris. "Mayors are closer to the ground are closer to the people & they're closer to the solutions & we need solutions rather than talk," Redford told the AP.

Redford announced a new extension of the City energy project, a joint initiative of the Natural Resources Defense Council & the Institute for Market Transformation aimed at helping cities boost energy efficiency of buildings & therefore cut carbon pollution. The new round of funding provided an additional $10.5 million, raising the fund to $20 million in total.

Asked approximately the voices of climate doubters that are still strong in the U.S. Congress, Redford insisted "their time is over." Many Congressional Republicans doubt global warming is real, or fear that stringent controls of carbon emissions could kill jobs.

"The people that are involved with oil, gas, coal, they've been running the show for a long, long, long time. And their time has run out. Because the resources are now a problem," Redford said.

Redford was among celebrities in Paris advocating around the conference on climate, which runs through Dec. 11.

Source: “Associated Press”