Actor Harrison Ford on saving rainforests: 'Get out of young people's way'


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American actor and environmentalist Harrison Ford join world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Monday, September 23, to talk about saving rainforests.

The meeting, organized by France, comes as wild fires continue to blaze through millions of acres of the Amazon rainforests.

Speaking on behalf of Conservation International that pledges $20 million in funding to the rainforest protection and conservation cause, Ford says the crisis is an on-going issue: "Almost 30 years ago, Sting held a concert to save the Amazon right here in New York and we are still talking about it. The world's largest rainforest, the Amazon, is crucial to any climate change solution for its capacity to sequester carbon, for its biodiversity, for its fresh water. For the air we breathe, for our morality, and it is on fire."

Ford talks about what needs to be done, drawing peals of laughter after he loses his place in his speech: “My goodness, I am so sorry, in the movies we get to do it over.

He alludes to the global community of young people who cares about rainforest protection and conservation.

Also present at the session are French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

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