Polish leader talks climate with Arnold Schwarzenegger
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday discussed climate change with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former governor of California, a news agency reported.
Polish President Andrzej Duda (right) and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) meet in Katowice, southern Poland, on Tuesday. Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel
The meeting took place in the southern Polish city of Katowice where thousands of international decision makers were holding their second day of negotiations at a major UN climate conference known as COP24.
Schwarzenegger, who is known for his film role as the Terminator, told reporters in Katowice on Monday that he wished he could “be a terminator in real life, and be able to travel back in time and to stop all fossil fuels when they were discovered.”
Apart from meeting Schwarzenegger, the Polish president was on Tuesday scheduled to hold talks with officials including Nepal's President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Luxembourg's Grand Duke Henri on the sidelines of the COP24 conference in Katowice, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.
Warnings of environmental disaster
Presidents, prime ministers, and NGOs were holding their second day of negotiations on Tuesday at the United Nations’ climate conference in the southern Polish mining city, amid warnings that the world is heading toward environmental disaster.
Speaking at the official opening of the summit on Monday, the Polish president said his country was "ready to take its share of responsibility for international security," including in terms of climate policy.
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP24, runs in Katowice until December 14.
Environmental reports have recently warned that the world must drastically slash greenhouse gas emissions to tackle global warming.
Renowned British naturalist Sir David Attenborough told international leaders in Katowice on Monday that human civilisation was “facing a manmade disaster of global scale, our greatest threat in thousands of years.”
The 92-year-old TV presenter warned that “if we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon."