Actor Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea for protecting the world’s oceans, calling out US President Donald Trump and others who “deny or denigrate science.”
The 76-year-old actor, best known for his roles in Star Wars and Indiana Jones, stressed the importance of acknowledging the effects of climate change on the world in a speech on the closing day of the World Government Summit in Dubai.
Though never saying Mr Trump’s name, he clearly targeted the US President within the opening moments of his remarks.
“Around the world, elements of leadership – including in my own country – to preserve their state and the status quo, deny or denigrate science,” Ford said. “They are on the wrong side of history.”
Mr Trump repeatedly has criticised the idea of climate change, despite it being supported by the vast majority of peer-reviewed studies, science organisations and scientists.
On Monday, Mr Trump tweeted that Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, announced her presidential run “talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures.”
“Bad timing,” the President wrote.
Mr Trump often conflates cold spells and other incidents of weather with climate, which is long-term.