Harrison Ford had some barbs to throw at people in positions of power who choose ignorance over science, making the comments while accepting an environmental award, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“We face an unprecedented moment in this country. Today’s greatest threat is not climate change, not pollution, not flood or fire,” said Ford on Thursday night while accepting the Founders’ Award by Conservation International, a non-profit environmental group with which the actor has been involved for more than a quarter-century. “It’s that we’ve got people in charge of importan*t who don’t believe in science.”
In his acceptance speech, Ford also blasted those who use “political or economic self-interest to denigrate or belittle sound scientific understanding of the causes and effects of human pressure on the environment.”
The event, notes THR, featured a theme of “No Forests, No Future,” highlighting the impact that climate change is having on the Amazon rainforest.
“I’m here tonight for one reason: I care deeply for the natural world,” added the “Indiana Jones” star. “It’s not about me, it’s not about me at all, it’s about this other world we’re going to leave behind. If we don’t stop the destruction of nature, nothing else will matter. Jobs won’t matter, our economies won’t matter, our freedoms and ethics won’t matter, our children’s education and potential won’t matter, peace, prosperity. If we end the ability of a healthy natural world to sustain humanity nothing else will matter, simply said.”
The way Ford sees it, addressing climate change is something that should transcend political parties.
“Other than my family, doing this work has been the most important thing of my life. Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature,” he added.
“We’re not going to depend on governments alone, we’ll help equip communities and businesses to lead,” Ford concluded. “It’s a long road but I have hope.”