Blanchett urges top global execs to act now on climate
COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Oscar-winning actress and environmental campaigner Cate Blanchett on Monday urged some of the world’s biggest business leaders to act now on carbon emissions to save the planet.
Speaking at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Blanchett — who won her best gong for “The Aviator,” the biopic of air travel pioneer Howard Hughes — said the low carbon economies of the future had to come into being right now.
The United Nations hopes to get a new global warming treaty approved later this year when world leaders meet in the Danish capital to replace the Kyoto Protocol on cutting carbon emissions that expires in 2012.
“Political failure at Copenhagen in December is quite simply unacceptable and this powerful room must play a major role in preventing this failure,” the Australian actress told her audience.
The star of the “Elizabeth” period dramas cited recent bushfires in her homeland.
“Australia’s best climate scientists have been warning us that we’ll face many more catastrophic fire days in south-east Australia unless the world acts to dramatically cut greenhouse pollution.”
She also mentioned the loss of agricultural and tourism industry jobs, adding: “We have the ability to kick start the low carbon economies of the future right when we need to, and that’s now.”
Among the gathering’s 700 participants were the heads of some of the world’s biggest companies, including Siemens, Pepsico and Ericsson.
Cate Blanchett is one of my all-time favorite actresses; I basically think that there’s no role she can’t do. The admiration now goes a notch higher with this article on her advocacy for climate change, which after all would be bound to hit her native Australia pretty hard (wait, I haven’t dived in the Great Barrier Reef yet!). I hope that it’s actually a sustained, concrete advocacy and not just a one-time media statement.
One of the most flattering online quizzes I’ve ever taken is some sort of “Which celebrity should play you in a movie about your life?” and the answer was Cate Blanchett. Wow. Is my life so exciting, so challenging, then, that it merits an actress of Cate’s caliber? Not a bad standard, you know. To live a life worthy of the freaking great actress who would be essaying your role. I wonder what kind of movie would it be?