Robert Redford urges global action on climate change

FILE - In this April 27, 2015, file photo, honoree Robert Redford arrives at the 42nd annual Chaplin Award Gala at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Redford said he came to the United Nations Monday, June 29, 2015, not as an actor but as an environmental advocate, father, grandfather and concerned citizen to urge the world's nations to take action now on climate change. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Robert Redford said he came to the United Nations Monday not as an actor but as an environmental advocate, father, grandfather and concerned citizen to urge the world’s nations to take action now on climate change.

The 78-year-old Oscar winner said his environmental activism began more than 40 years ago and has grown stronger as he has seen the threat of global warming grow.

He told a high-level meeting of the U.N. General Assembly on climate change that “the time for half measures and climate denial is over.”

“It is the overwhelming judgment of science that climate change is real – and the result of human activity,” Redford said. “Everywhere we look, moderate weather is going extinct.”

The mission of the 193 U.N. member nations, he said, “is as simple as it is daunting: save the world before it’s too late.”

Redford urged world leaders to adopt a universal climate agreement in Paris in December to keep global warming from rising to dangerous levels.

“Nothing less than the fate of our planet will hang in the balance,” he said.

Redford told a news conference later that he hopes to be in Paris to keep pressing for immediate global action.

Redford recalled growing up in Los Angeles near the end of World War II when it was a beautiful city with clean air.

But he felt “the city that I loved was taken away from me” because of the pollution, skyscrapers and freeways, so he moved and discovered the Sierra Nevadas and Yosemite Park where “I was introduced to the beauty of raw nature.”

“And that’s when I decided I want this to be part of my life, whatever I do,” Redford said.

Since then, he said, “I divided my life into my two greatest interests which were art and nature.”

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