Arnold Schwarzenegger recalled Saturday a childhood of milking cows in the rain & drawing water from a well as he called for the world to turn to clean energy & protect the world's environment from global warming.
The former California governor & action movie star harked back to his Austrian upbringing as he called for action in an address to international lawmakers in Paris, on the sidelines of a UN conference where negotiators are seeking a worldwide climate-saving accord.
"One of my chores was every morning at six o'clock to go to the farm nextdoor & to milk the cow & to bring home the milk. It did not matter what the weather was — whether it was cold, it was hot, raining, thunder, shower, whatever," Schwarzenegger said.
"My brother & I walked 200 metres (220 yards) to the well to obtain our family's source of water for drinking & for bathing every day. We played in the fields, we swam in the streams & the lake — the environment was absolutely everything to us," he added.
In his "idyllic" childhood, Schwarzenegger said he could never have imagined a world in which humanity would dump 40 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
"But I moreover could not have imagined that one day I would become governor of the tremendous state of California, the eighth largest economy in the world & that I would have the power to do something approximately it."
He pressed decision-makers at every level to turn to smart, clean energy sources.
"This is the challenge of our time & this is the real world. This is not the movie world which is the other world that I come from. There are no visual effects here, no special effects, there is no script writing that we can alter for a better ending — nothing like that," he said.