Schwarzenegger calls for more readiness in combating climate problems

2013-02-01 02:20:51 GMT2013-02-01 10:20:51(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

VIENNA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger called for more willingness in combating climate problems at the opening of his Vienna R20 Conference Thursday.

"We should not be part of the problem, but part of the solution. Together we can bring the destruction of the environment to a stop - terminate it," he said.

Schwarzenegger mentioned three points in a "recipe for success" which he said he used to turn California into a green flagship state. Firstly, political ideology needed to be removed from the issue, he said, adding "There is no liberal or conservative air, we all breathe the same air."

Secondly, he said "do not wait for international climate agreement," and that while he would look forward to such agreements to eventuate, one could not let the process of waiting for international decisions paralyze forward progress.

Finally, he said people should not be demotivated and made to think they are helpless to do anything on climate protection, but rather efforts should be made to "tell the people how they can do it," particularly with the aid of newly emerging technologies.

The two-day conference, of which Schwarzenegger is the founding chair, was opened by Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann. President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso made a speech at the event.

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