Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Clinton among John Kerry’s all-star ‘World War Zero’ climate coalition
Stars aim to win over those sceptical of need to cut carbon emissions by 2020
John Kerry, the former US secretary of state, has formed a new bipartisan coalition of world leaders, military brass and Hollywood celebrities to push for public action to combat climate change.
The name, World War Zero, is supposed to evoke both the national security threat posed by the earth’s warming and the type of wartime mobilisations that Mr Kerry argued would be needed to stop the rise in carbon emissions before 2050.
The star-studded group is supposed to win over those sceptical of the policies that would be needed to accomplish that.
Former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter are part of the effort. Moderate Republican lawmakers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, and John Kasich, the former governor of Ohio, are also on the list. ...
With a starting budget of $500,000 (£390,000), Mr Kerry said, he and other coalition members intend to hold town meetings across the country from January.
Members will head to battleground states key to the 2020 election, but also to military bases where climate discussions are rare and to economically depressed areas that members say could benefit from clean energy jobs.
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