Arnold Schwarzenegger wasted no time in responding to Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Today, he released a Facebook video calling for a grassroots revolution to save the planet, and it already has 30 million views.
The former governor of California did not mince words, but did have a sense of humor, slipping a reference to his Terminator character within his denouncement of President Trump’s climate-change move:
“One man cannot destroy our progress. One man can’t stop our clean energy revolution. And one man can’t go back in time. Only I can do that. President Trump says he’s pulling out of the Paris Climate agreement. My message to you, Mr. President is that as a public servant and especially as president your first and most important responsibility is to protect the people.”
Schwarzenegger went on to mention just some of the ways that the state of the environment is already affecting U.S. citizens. “200,000 people die every year in the U.S. from air pollution. Half our rivers and streams are too polluted for our health,” he explains. He appeals to the comfort conservatives often find in the past but urges viewers to look toward a future that, in Schwarzenegger’s vision, looks remarkably like California.