In an October 9 press conference, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a warning about the continued consequences of neglecting climate change reports Agence France-Presse. Without immediate measures to correct global warming, Kerry said, “Life as you know it on Earth ends. Seven degrees increase Fahrenheit and we can’t sustain crops, water, life under those circumstances.”
In his speech, Kerry warned that droughts were leading to rising food scarcity in South America, and noted that this past August was the hottest in recorded history.
Kerry sees a growth opportunity in climate change, noting that, “The solution is staring us in the face. It’s very simple: clean energy.” The Secretary noted that the clean energy sector is one of the largest potential sources of new jobs.
“The market we’re looking at is a $6 trillion market with four to five billion users today, climbing to a potential nine billion users by the year 2050,” said Kerry. “It is literally the mother of all markets.”
Kerry has made a point of placing climate change at the forefront of his agenda during his tenure as Secretary of State. During a speech in September, Kerry asserted that the threats posed by global warming were as imminent and tangible as those posed by the Islamic State and Ebola.
But, as A-FP notes, Kerry was firm in his warning: “We still have in our hands a window of opportunity to be able to make the difference. But the window is closing quickly. That’s not a threat, that’s a fact.”