Obama’s Climate Speech

As part of the U.N. Summit on Climate Change, Obama gave a speech before U.N. today.

He said things like:

“Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it—boldly, swiftly, and together—we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.”

“But the journey is long.  The journey is hard.  And we don’t have much time left to make it.  It is a journey that will require each of us to persevere through setback, and fight for every inch of progress, even when it comes in fits and starts.  So let us begin.  For if we are flexible and pragmatic; if we can resolve to work tirelessly in common effort, then we will achieve our common purpose:  a world that is safer, cleaner, and healthier than the one we found; and a future that is worthy of our children.”

and,

“Difficulty is no excuse for complacency.  Unease is no excuse for inaction.”

Here’s a transcript

Or, watch:

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2 thoughts on “Obama’s Climate Speech

  1. K Singer says:

    I found Obama’s speech a little disappointing. NPR commentary suggested maybe he couldn’t promise very much because he didn’t want to end up in the same position Bill Clinton did after the Kyoto summit in 1993. He wants to see what Congress is willing to approve first.

    I hope that is the case, because otherwise… I think it’s embarrassing for the most powerful nation in the world to be shown up by the Maldives!

    • jclynes says:

      Hi! Thanks for reading!
      My purpose in posting this was more for awareness than critique, since I have made it a personal goal to stay more informed this year. I agree that there is MUCH more that the US can be doing, but I liked what he said (especially the quotes I pulled out) because of their stress on individual efforts.

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