In his first policy address since becoming the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry today called the fight against climate change a “sacred trust.”
If we waste this opportunity, it may be the only thing our generation — generations — are remembered for. We need to find the courage to leave a far different legacy.
His speech at the University of Virginia comes just three days after the largest rally in U.S. history calling for action on climate change. Some, including the Canadian newspaper linked below, see Kerry’s address as a hint that the Obama administration plans to stop the completion of a pipeline stretching from tar oil fields in Alberta to Texas. The Keystone XL pipeline has become a symbol for many of business-as-usual energy policies amid growing climate catastrophes and extreme weather events.
The prepared text of Kerry’s address are here.