Schwarzenegger Departs California to Fight….Climate Change?

Originally appeared in The Guardian

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In what is likely his last performance on a world stage as governor, Schwarzenegger this week launched the R20 climate network, an alliance of regional leaders who have pledged to work together to fight climate change. Schwarzenegger is the “founding father” of the new venture, a self-appointed global champion in the war against climate change …

Schwarzenegger said he could see a place for himself mobilising world opinion – and investment capital – in support of clean tech projects around the world that together could help reduce global warming.

“People get stuck in this political crap when in fact you don’t need to,” he said. “Let’s just leave politics out and find out what we can do together.”

But don’t expect to see Schwarzenegger touring an Al Gore-style scientific slideshow. The governator’s version of environmental leadership hinges on avoiding mention of the words climate change or greenhouse gas emissions, which he thinks are a turn-off for some people. “People get stuck and fall in love with their slogans and with their little agendas,” he said. “You’ve got to make it hip. You’ve got to make it sexy to be part of this movement.”

You’ve also got to steer clear of party politics. Schwarzenegger, a Republican, refuses to see the environment as a solely Democratic preserve. “People get stuck in this political crap when in fact you don’t need to,” he said. “Let’s just leave politics out and find out what we can do together.”

The vehicle for this next stage of his life is the new R20 group of city and state leaders, which Schwarzenegger conjured into being at his climate summit this week.

The group, whose name is a conscious play on the G20 club of major world economies, is devoted to putting together clean energy projects in developing countries by recruiting finance from industrialised countries. The first wave of projects is likely to involve the installation of white roofs, which reflect the sun and keep houses cool, aides said.

Originally appeared in The Guardian

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