U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said climate change is just as important as the fight against Islamic State and other extremist groups.
Speaking Friday at an international conference in Vienna, Austria, focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions Kerry said that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more than the threat posed by violent extremism, being IS or other extremist elements.
Efforts to phase down greenhouse gases, he said, could “literally save life on the planet itself."
Defense and foreign policy chiefs from more than 40 nations gathered in Washington, D.C. this week reviewed and agreed upon the next steps for taking on the Islamic State terror group in its final strongholds.
"Yesterday," he said, "I met in Washington with 45 nations’ defense ministers and foreign ministers as we were working together on the challenge of Daesh, ISIL and terrorism. It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we, you, are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself."
To phase down HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons or greenhouse gases) is one of the single most important unitary steps to take, Kerry said, to protect the future for people in every single corner of the globe.
Kerry made a brief appearance at the conference, attended by official from nearly 200 countries, for amending the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 global treaty to phase out many chlorofluorocarbons from aerosols and refrigerants that deplete the ozone layer.
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