US Secretary of State John Kerry recently said that climate change is as big a threat as terrorism.
Speaking to students in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kerry said, “Think about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. It doesn’t keep us safe if the United States secures its nuclear arsenal while other countries fail to prevent theirs from falling into the hands of terrorists. The bottom line is this: it is the same thing with climate change.”
He continued, “The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”
Telling the students that climate change is a threat to their survival, Kerry said, “This city, this country, this region, is really on the front lines of climate change. It’s not an exaggeration to say that your entire way of life here is at risk. In a sense, climate change can now be considered the world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”
Kerry gave the speech while on tour in Asia — he stopped in three countries.