Reading Time: < 1 minute Harrison Ford was speaking at the UN's Climate Action Summit 2019 (Photo: Gage Skidmore)
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World leaders should ‘get the hell out of the way’ and let ‘angry young people’ save the planet, according to Harrison Ford.

The Indiana Jones actor was speaking at the High-Level meeting of the Alliance on Rainforests during the Climate Action Summit 2019 on behalf of Conservation International.

During his speech, he spoke about the devastating impact the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest is having on the planet.

‘Get the hell out of their way’

“We’ve been talking about saving the Amazon for 30 years,” said Ford. “We’re still talking about it. The world’s largest rain forest, the Amazon is crucial to any climate change solution for its capacity to sequester carbon, for its biodiversity, for its freshwater, for the air we breathe, for our morality. 

“And it is on fire. When a room in your house is on fire, you don’t say, ‘there is a fire in a room in my house.’ You say, ‘My house is on fire,’ and we only have one house.”

Young people

Ford added that there is ‘a new force of nature at hand’ when it comes to tackling the climate crisis. 

“They are the young people who, frankly, we have failed – who are angry, who are organized, who are capable of making a difference,” he said.

“The most important thing that we can do for them is to get the hell out of their way.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.