Former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and ex-Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said their alliance in a new group will push for protections against climate change, holding up the Golden State as an example of how activists have made it work.
Kerry, who served as secretary of state under President Barack Obama, has criticized President Donald Trump on climate, saying Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY has "offered more leadership" on the issue "in one day or in one week" compared to the President.
The Trump administration has steadily worked to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations that aim to limit air and water pollution and stem the impacts of climate change, and officials announced last month that the administration had notified the United Nations to officially begin the U.S. exit from the Paris climate accord, a landmark agreement to reduce emissions of planet-warming gases.
World leaders backing the initiative, which has a starting budget of $500,000, include former US Democrat Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as former Republican state Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Kasich, according to the New York Times.
"There are great efforts out there, many environmental groups, young people particularly, but no country is getting the job done".
The New York Times reports that John Kerry, who served as a senator in MA from 1985 to 2013, has recruited former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and former Republican governors John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Things are getting worse, not better".
"All of these people have come together to say "we've got to treat this like a war effort", said Kerry, himself a Vietnam war veteran.
Asked to comment on the new bipartisan group, she also criticised efforts to force the USA to cut emissions, arguing "the largest emitters like China and India won't do the same".
The Kerry group is planning to hold town meetings across the U.S. - including states seen as key to next year's presidential election - with the goal of reaching millions of Americans and persuading climate skeptics. "The verdict will hang on whether we put in place policies that will drive the development and deployment of clean technologies, re-energize our economies, and tackle global climate change", the Obama-era official wrote in an opinion-editorial for the Times past year.