Actor Robert Redford urges leaders to "save the world"

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Robert Redford. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

American actor Robert Redford is urging the word's leaders to take action now on climate change.

The environmental advocate was at UN Headquarters in New York, addressing Heads of State and Government at a special event ahead of a climate change conference in December.

A universal climate agreement is currently being negotiated by the international community.

Mr Redford said the world needs to be saved before it's too late.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

Robert Redford described himself as an actor by trade and an activist by nature.

He said his work fighting climate change began 40 years ago when he brought together a group of mayors at the Sundance film festival to discuss the threats facing the planet.

Mr Redford said today the global community can no longer claim ignorance as an excuse for inaction.

"I'm here today as an environmental advocate, but also as a father, a grandfather and a concerned citizen. One of billions around the world who are urging you to take action now on climate change. This December, the world must unite behind a common goal. Because look, this is it, this is our only planet, our only life source, this may our last chance."

Nothing less than the fate of the planet is hanging in the balance, he added.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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