Arnold Schwarzenegger says environmental change goes beyond convincing Trump: 'We have to convince the world'

The actor is a vocal critic of Trump and has been engaged in a continuing ongoing squabble with the president where both celebrities-turned-politicians frequently take a dig at each other


                            Arnold Schwarzenegger says environmental change goes beyond convincing Trump: 'We have to convince the world'

Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, on Sunday, December 1 stated that environmental protection efforts across the world need to be broader than just focusing on President Donald Trump.

The actor made the statement while making an appearance on Meet The Press, where he and former Secretary of State John Kerry discussed their efforts to bring awareness to climate change and other environmental issues through World War Zero.

WWZ is a group formulated by Kerry that demands a military-style mobilization of global resources to combat climate change. Schwarzenegger, who is also a member of the group, was asked by the segment host Chuck Todd if he had attempted to convince Trump to change his environmental policies.

The actor replied to the question with: "It's not just one person; we have to convince the whole world." The actor is a vocal critic of Trump and has been engaged in a continuing ongoing squabble with the president where both celebrities-turned-politicians frequently take a dig at each other.

The actor, in an interview in September, had even suggested that Trump would not let go of their years-long feud because "he is in love with me".

Arnold Schwarzenegger, founder of the R20, speaks at the Climate Kirtag portion of the R20 Austrian World Summit on May 28, 2019, in Vienna, Austria. (Getty Images)

Schwarzenegger, during his latest interview, however, continued to stress on the climate instead of Trump.

"I think the way to convince the whole world is by not just always talking about 'climate change', which doesn't really mean that much to people," he said, stressing on the need to change the language in an attempt to propel the world to take action. 

The actor also cited polls from the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, stating that focusing more on pollution resulted in a large jump in numbers of conservatives who were interested in finding solutions.

"The environmental community has to communicate better and talk about pollution because pollution is a threat right now," the former California governor said.

Schwarzenegger also slammed a graphic shown by Todd during the introduction of the piece, stating how much of the southern part of Vietnam will be underwater by 2050. The actor said that the issues which have a sense of immediacy should be the one highlighted to engage voters and everyday people.

"When you introduced this piece, you talked about 'in 2050'. People can't think about 2050," Schwarzenegger said. "They think about now: 'How can I survive? How can I provide jobs? How can I go and feed my family?'."

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