This Thursday while receiving an award from the environmental group Conservation International, actor and activist Harrison Ford took an opportunity to take a dig at the Trump administration and its anti-science cohorts.
“We face an unprecedented moment in this country. Today’s greatest threat is not climate change, not pollution, not flood or fire,” Ford said during his acceptance speech. “It’s that we’ve got people in charge of important shit who don’t believe in science.”
Ford slammed politicians who let “political or economic self-interest denigrate or belittle sound scientific understanding of the causes and effects of human pressure on the environment.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ford is the executive chair of Conservation International and has been involved with the group for 26 years.
“I’m here tonight for one reason,” Ford continued. “I care deeply for the natural world. It’s not about me, it’s not about me at all, it’s about this other world we’re going to leave behind.
“If we don’t stop the destruction of nature, nothing else will matter. Jobs won’t matter, our economies won’t matter, our freedoms and ethics won’t matter, our children’s education and potential won’t matter, peace, prosperity. If we end the ability of a healthy natural world to sustain humanity nothing else will matter.”
“Other than my family, doing this work has been the most important thing of my life,” he said. “Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature.”
“We’re not going to depend on governments alone, we’ll help equip communities and businesses to lead,” Ford concluded. “It’s a long road but I have hope.”
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