Urgent climate rhetoric must be backed by action, Greenpeace says

Greenpeace executive Kumi Naidoo spoke at the COP21 climate summit in Paris December 1, 2015, warning environmental advocates to press politicians for action backing their rhetoric about the urgency of climate changeSoaring rhetoric from US President Barack Obama and other leaders about their deep commitment to fighting climate change should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt, Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidoo said Tuesday. At a landmark UN summit in Paris on Monday, Obama led a chorus of pledges about the urgent need to contain global warming and prevent its most catastrophic impacts. The summit of more than 150 leaders, the biggest-ever gathering of heads of state and government, sought to inject energy into the start of the conference, which is seeking an unprecedented post-2020 climate pact.

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