John Kerry, an American politician during a meeting in Prinzregententheater in Munich talked about the current situation in the USA, climate change and sustainable lifestyle. The event was a part of the pre-conference events of the Munich Security Conference (MSC). The event has a beautiful and poetic name “Climate security: A musical piece in major or minor tonality?” and the main focus was on climate change.
John Kerry started his speech recalling the event when the U.S. government made a strategic decision to announce its intended nationally determined contribution to the Paris Agreement jointly with China. The main aim of the Agreement is to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels, predominantly by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And in 2017 Donald Trump announced: “In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect the United States and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” adding “The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States.” John Kerry emphasized that Donald Trump won’t slow efforts to fight climate change. And to prove that John Kerry launched a new coalition of powerbrokers, including top politicians, military leaders, and Hollywood celebrities, to fight for addressing the climate crisis. This coalition – named World War Zero, in reference to the national security danger presented by global heating – aims to convince people that rapid mobilization is required to halt the increase in carbon emissions within 30 years.
“Nobody is asking you to give up your lifestyle”
The host of the event Stefan Kornelius (the Head of SZ Foreign Policy) asked about climate change in everyday life. And John Kerry noted that Instead of a traditional car people can drive an electric car. The new E-Porsche even manages to accelerate from 0 to 100 in just a few seconds. “Do you really need more than that?” asked John Kerry and added that adopting a sustainable-lifestyle is not only difficult, it’s also a social privilege and people don’t need to dramatically give up their lifestyle.