BusinessGreen rounds up the best proclamations, commentary, and criticism from key figures in and around today's climate summit in Paris
A host of big names across the political and business worlds have been in Paris today at the One Planet Summit convened by French President Emmanuel Macron. BusinessGreen rounds up the most memorable, inspiring, pithy, scathing and humorous quotes from the day.
António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
"Those who fail to bet on a green economy will be living in a grey future."
UK Prime Minister Theresa May:
"There is a clear moral imperative for developed economies such as the UK to help those around the world who stand to lose most from the consequences of manmade climate change."
Film star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger:
"Forty years' ago they said bodybuilding was impossible, but today there is a gym everywhere. It is the same with climate action. We will create a clean energy future. Do not listen to the naysayers."
"The private sector didn't drop out, the public sector didn't drop out, the universities didn't drop out, the scientists didn't drop out, the engineers didn't drop out - no one else dropped out. Donald Trump pulled Donald Trump out of the Paris agreement, so don't worry about that."
California Governor Jerry Brown:
"We better get on the side of nature and not foolishly think nature will get on our side. Nature is not capitalism. Nature is nature."
Former US Secretary of State John Kerry:
"We have to say no coal investment, period. No coal should be backed by anyone."
Mike Bloomberg, billionaire businessman and former NYC Mayor:
President @EmmanuelMacron has been a driving force for progress on climate change. I want to thank him for his leadership, and for making green finance a focus of today's #OnePlanetSummit pic.twitter.com/TT5tfL6lP2— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) December 12, 2017
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
"Our climate clock is ticking towards midnight… For the Paris Agreement to be implemented we need a sound policy environment, that integrates climate into all the layers of decision - making at a national and local level and business organisations. As such I call on everyone here today to scale up efforts in bringing these goals to fruition. We must keep pushing forward, as this is surely the most important global issue of our lifetimes."
FSB chair and governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney:
"You now have the mass of the financial sector saying 'we want to distinguish between those who can see the opportunities, those who can manage the risk, and a group of companies that just don't know the answer to these questions'. It's going to be more awkward to be in that last group."
AXA CEO Thomas Buberl:
"A +4°C world is not insurable."
Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Financial Stability and Financial Services at the European Commission:
"What we need to do is to incentivise green finance across the entire investment chain, and change the mind-set of those who manage our money."
Lord Nicholas Stern, chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE):
"Fossil fuels must be confronted with their real costs, and polluters must pay if markets are to work and emissions are to fall at the rate necessary to deliver the Paris goals. However, a carbon price by itself cannot deliver the required design of cities and networks that will be crucial to reducing emissions on the scale necessary. Carbon pricing must be supported by other policies to drive the low-carbon transition."
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