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Alec Baldwin calls for action on climate change at UN event

Actor Alec Baldwin speaks during the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope awards ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in New York. (Associated Press)

Actor Alec Baldwin said Tuesday that his passion about preserving the planet for future generations was sparked by an encounter indigenous people, who are guardians of their country, by 2015, the Paris conference adopted the historic agreement to tackle global warming.

Baldwin was at U. N. headquarters to moderate a panel on threats “Forest Defenders” in the margin of the annual meeting of the U. N. Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues and spoke to several journalists about his commitment to the environment.

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He said that he finds it “very, very troubling” that indigenous people who understand better than anyone the places where they live faced with strong opposition from those in power who want “to get rid of them by any means necessary,” and to gain control of the natural resources of the country. Baldwin cited as examples of the murders of indigenous activists in Peru and Brazil, and the deforestation of the rainforests in the Amazon and Asia, which are “the lungs of the planet.”

Baldwin’s message came just a day after Earth Day, a global celebration of the environmental movement observed since 1970.

President Trump, not at all about climate change or the environmental threats created by deforestation, extinction of species and plastic waste in the oceans are the Earth Day address, the Guardian reported. Instead, the president declared that ” a strong market economy is essential for the protection of our essential natural resources and the promotion of a legacy of conservation.”

In 2017, Trump announced that the U.S. plans to leave the Paris climate agreement as soon as it is eligible to do so.

Baldwin, who plays Trump on the NBC comedy series “Saturday Night Live, sat next to Rukka Sombolinggi, secretary-general of Indonesia’s Indigenous People’s Alliance of the Archipelago. She said 10 indigenous activists are currently behind bars in her country.

World leaders “have to stop talking and negotiating” at the U. N. climate summit coming in September, Sombolinggi continued. “They just really need to agree on actions” to preserve “mother Earth”, Sombolinggi said.

Baldwin paused to laugh: “you Can’t move here and run for senator?

“We need someone to say,” No more talking, ” he said. “We need you in Washington!”

Baldwin said that the Americans feel that they are going to do the right thing, because their resources and economic power, “but do you think that we are becoming more and more like the other parts of the world where anything is possible, regulations will be destroyed.”

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He warned that “this may be our last change in the next 20 years” to take action against global warming.

“There are things we can’t imagine that can happen in terms of the food supply, in terms of climate change, in terms of flooding in coastal areas in the United States and beyond,” he said. “Now is the time to make certain sacrifices … so that this planet will remain habitable” for the children of today.

Baldwin said that “the imprimatur of the United Nations is important for me.”

“My favorite thing about the U. N. is the word ‘sustainability’, he said. “They have an permanent missions and permanent forums. They are the only ones who can say, ‘We are here and we’re not going anywhere.’ And I love the inevitability of that.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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