Michael Bloomberg on climate: “Future generations are counting on us to deliver, and we must not let them down”

Washington’s decision on the Paris Agreement has one positive result: galvanizing not only the global community, but also American society,” philanthropist Michael Bloomberg said during his speech at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday.

” (…) We just announced a new commitment to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, which empowers communities to shut down coal plants and transition to cleaner fuels.  (…) Since it began six years ago, nearly half of all U.S. coal plants have closed or begun phasing out, and we are on track to cross the 50 percent mark by the end of the year,” he continued.

Earlier this year, I visited the Somme and Normandy battlefields in France. And earlier this month, I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland. It is impossible to spend any time at those sites without being overwhelmed by feelings of grief for those we lost, and gratitude for those who sacrificed their lives to liberate a continent. More than 500,000 Americans died fighting in the two World Wars, alongside millions of Europeans. Their selflessness helped make possible a new world order that gave rise to an era of unrivaled prosperity. Not since the Roman Empire has most of Europe gone 75 years without a war. That is not an achievement we should take lightly.”

Future generations are counting on us to deliver, and we must not let them down,” he concluded.