Academy award-winning actor Robert Redford held a speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Monday in which he urged high-level diplomats to take decisive action on combating climate change.
The well known actor and self-described “activist by night” talked about the necessity to leave a clean Earth for future generations. He addressed the U.N officials as a concerned father and grandfather saying that the humanity is at risk of destroying it’s only livable environment.
Robert Redford also declared that he will be in Paris at the time of the U.N. Climate Change Conference that will take place between November 30th and the 11th of December 2015.
The actor stated that he will be closely following the event and discussions of the Paris Conference, and that he hopes U.N. officials will sign an agreement reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Speaking before the U.N high-officials, Redford said that “We are all responsible for this crisis,” and that the mission to save the planet is simple but daunting. The actor considers that the December Paris Conference could be humanity’s last chance to do what is right and save the environment before it is too late.
Redford is also known for his activism in other areas of interest like LGBT rights. The actor held a speech in Utah before 2000 LGBT supporters in which he made clear that in his opinion there is no place for discrimination in the world.
In this speech he spoke against discrimination and offered his support for the equal rights cause asking the people of Utah to keep pushing for change. The speech was part of an event called Equality Utah which is held annually.
Along the years Redford has offered his endorsement to members of both the Republican and Democrat political parties, supporting republicans like Gary Herbert who became Utah’s Governor and democrats like Barrack Obama.
Utah is home to the Sundance Institute founded by Robert Redford in 1981, a non-profit organization created to provide support to aspiring filmmakers, directors, producers, film composers, screenwriters, playwrights, and theater artists both financially and creatively.
Robert Redford is not the only celebrity to be actively involved in environmental causes, he is joined by other stars like Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz , Sting and many others.
One of the other most known celebrity environmental activists is the actor Edward Norton who also served as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, and frequently uses social media sites to launch philanthropy projects and raise money for green causes like the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
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