Kerry urges political will to fight climate change

Mr John Kerry says the world needs a non-proliferation treaty for pollution in the oceans.
Mr John Kerry says the world needs a non-proliferation treaty for pollution in the oceans.

The world must step up cooperation to fight climate change the same way it did to thwart nuclear war, former US secretary of state John Kerry said yesterday.

"In the 1950s and 60s, what brought me into public life was the nuclear freeze and arms control, the issues of peace… But now, folks, we need to face up to the fact that we've got to treat the issue of the oceans, protection of the oceans, protection of the planet, with the same urgency that we treated arms control and nuclear weapons," he said at the Our Ocean Conference.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2018, with the headline 'Kerry urges political will to fight climate change'. Print Edition | Subscribe