Actor Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea on Tuesday February 12th for protecting the world's oceans, calling out President Donald Trump and others who "deny or denigrate science,” AP reports.
During his speech on the closing day of the World Government Summit in Dubai, the 76-year-old actor, best known for his roles in "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones," stressed the importance of acknowledging the effects of climate change on the world.
He did not mention Trump's name. However, he clearly was referring to the American president within the opening moments of his remarks.
"Around the world, elements of leadership — including in my own country — to preserve their state and the status quo, deny or denigrate science," Ford said. "They are on the wrong side of history."
The US president has repeatedly criticized the idea of climate change, despite it being supported by the vast majority of peer-reviewed studies, science organizations and scientists. In response to Senator Amy Klobuchar - a Democrat from Minnesota who announced her 2020 bid, making the issue of fighting global warming an axis of her campaign - Trump tweeted saying: "Bad timing."
Dubai has been hosting the seventh edition of the World Government Summit (WGS) - a global platform that places humanitarian interests as its main focus and aims to translate government policies into initiatives that benefit humanity – for the last three days.
Before Ford came on stage, the WGS organisers played a video of him narrating a piece called "Nature is Speaking" made for Conservation International on the importance of protecting the oceans.
"One way or another, every living thing here needs me," Ford growls in the video. "I'm the source. I'm what they crawled out of."
Addressing the summit, Ford called on governments and officials to rely on "sound science" to shape their policy.
"We are faced (with), what I believe, is the greatest moral crisis of our time," Ford said. "That those least responsible for nature's destruction will suffer the greatest consequences."
He added: "We need nature now more than ever because nature doesn't need people, people need nature."
The summit brought together heads of state, ministers, international organisations and government officials to discuss the world's future. This year the summit saw the attendance of more than 140 governments from around the world, more than 600 world-famous speakers.