(USNewsMag.com) – John Kerry, The United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate spoke at a World Economic Forum session called “Philanthropy: A Catalyst for Protecting Our Planet,” on Tuesday, January 17th. While participating in the panel, Kerry spoke primarily about the urgent need to develop a strategy to combat climate change or “climate crisis” as he calls it.
Kerry expressed the belief that it was possible to limit warming but that it would require organization on the level of the World War II effort in which every facet of society aligned in support of one cause. He bemoaned “allegedly wise” leaders of government and industry who have not done “what we need to do,” accusing the powerful people of ignoring science, mathematics, and physics, but addressed the panel attendees as “select human beings” who were gathered to “actually talk about saving the planet.”
The billionaire Democrat claimed “we’ don’t have time,” for small agreements and therefore it must be done “on a massive basis” through philanthropy with the help of governments putting “Federal public money into it.”
The Biden appointee expressed the belief that saving the planet by preventing the Earth from warming will require massive investments. Citing his experience as Secretary of State under the Obama Administration, he claimed he has learned repeatedly that the daunting task will require not only technology, new initiatives, and winning political races, but primarily “money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money, money.”
In November, while speaking at a climate summit in Egypt, Kerry said that the climate strategies set forth by the First Movers Coalition, a partnership between the World Economic Forum and the U.S. State Department, were modeled “somewhat on the experience of what happened with vaccines,” explaining that the government would take an “if you build it we are going to use it and we’ll pay for it” approach.
The annual event held in Davos Switzerland hosts thousands of people with influence in business, government, and civil society from countries all over the world. In 2022, 1,040 private jets were used by attendees during the week of the international gathering.
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