UN / CLIMATE AMBITION VANUATU FONDA

20-Sep-2023 00:03:26
Jane Fonda, actress and activist, said most people in the United States understand that the climate crisis is alarming, “Why can't our leaders hear this?” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / CLIMATE AMBITION VANUATU FONDA
TRT: 03:26
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, flags United Nations Headquarters
2. Wide shot, speakers at dais, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Fonda, actress, activist:
“The people of the United States, in the vast majority – 70 percent of them - understand that the climate crisis is alarming. They are concerned. On Sunday, there was a march here in New York of 75,000 people demanding an end to fossil fuels. Why can't our leaders hear this?”
4. Wide shot, speakers at dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Fonda, actress, activist
“John Kerry, who was President Biden's emissary on the climate crisis, says ‘we can't stop using fossil fuels because it will leave too many countries behind. We have to rely on carbon capture.’ This is ridiculous.”
6. Wide shot, speakers at dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jane Fonda, actress, activist:
“We can help the countries in the Global South and others who have difficulty totally transitioning to a green economy, a green energy source. We can make that possible. If you take the $4 trillion subsidies that fossil fuel companies are given, we can use that to help other countries make the transition to green energy, and we must do.”
8. Wide shot, speakers at dais
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Odo Tevi, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Republic of Vanuatu:
“What we are hoping to do is to clarify the international law in respect of the impact of climate change, but also we are hoping we are increasing more climate ambitions.”
10. Wide shot, speakers at dais
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Odo Tevi, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Republic of Vanuatu:
“We look forward to hearing from all countries on the ambitions and announcement. We could also use more ambition now, especially for our climate and our people. We urge you all to encourage our governments to join this movement and spur on a collective action.”
12. Wide shot, speakers at dais
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Tzeporah Berman, Chair and Founder, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative:
“There is no question today was a turning point. We have waited more than 30 years for our leaders to tackle the root causes of the fires, the floods, and the heat waves that are sweeping our planet and taking lives and livelihoods: the expansion of oil, gas, and coal.”
14. Wide shot, speakers at dais
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Tzeporah Berman, Chair and Founder, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative:
“Up until this week, the fossil fuel industry had made their products - oil, gas, and coal - invisible and have been exerting influence to weaken the global approach to climate change. That stops now.”
16. Wide shot, speakers at dais
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Tzeporah Berman, Chair and Founder, Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative:
“Today, one in five people die on the planet because of air pollution from fossil fuels alone. We can and we will build a coalition of countries designing a fossil fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to stop the expansion and ensure an equitable wind down that is fast, fair, and financed. The fossil fuel industry won't be invited to the negotiating table. It's clear that they will not manage their own decline.”
18. Wide shot, speakers at dais
STORYLINE
Jane Fonda, actress and activist, said most people in the United States understand that the climate crisis is alarming, “Why can't our leaders hear this?”

Following the opening Session of the Climate Ambition Summit today (20 Sep) in New York, Fonda addressed journalists and said, “John Kerry, who is President Biden's emissary on the climate crisis, says ‘we can't stop using fossil fuels because it will leave too many countries behind. We have to rely on carbon capture.’ This is ridiculous.”

She continued, “We can help the countries in the Global South and others who have difficulty totally transitioning to a green economy, a green energy source. We can make that possible. If you take the $4 trillion subsidies that fossil fuel companies are given, we can use that to help other countries make the transition to green energy, and we must do.”

At the same press briefing, the Representatives of Vanuatu elaborated on the initiatives announced at the summit.

He said, “What we are hoping to do is to clarify the international law in respect of the impact of climate change, but also we are hoping we are increasing more climate ambitions.”

He also said, “We look forward to hearing from all countries on the ambitions and announcement. We could also use more ambition now, especially for our climate and our people. We urge you all to encourage our governments to join this movement and spur on a collective action.”

Tzeporah Berman, Chair and Founder of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, commented, “There is no question today was a turning point. We have waited more than 30 years for our leaders to tackle the root causes of the fires, the floods, and the heat waves that are sweeping our planet and taking lives and livelihoods: the expansion of oil, gas, and coal.”

She also said, “Up until this week, the fossil fuel industry had made their products - oil, gas, and coal - invisible and have been exerting influence to weaken the global approach to climate change. That stops now.”

She concluded, “Today, one in five people die on the planet because of air pollution from fossil fuels alone. We can and we will build a coalition of countries designing a fossil fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to stop the expansion and ensure an equitable wind down that is fast, fair, and financed. The fossil fuel industry won't be invited to the negotiating table. It's clear that they will not manage their own decline.”
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