Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.
- Lord Stern, former chief economist of the World Bank.
Failure to avoid the worst effects of climate change could lead to global GDP being up to 20 per cent lower than it otherwise would be – an economic cost greater than the losses caused by two World Wars and the Great Depression.
- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The naysayers, the folks who would pretend that this is not an issue, they are being marginalised.
- US President Barack Obama.
Developed countries should support developing countries in tackling climate change. This not only is their responsibility, but also serves their long-term interests.
- Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Maldivians have lived in these islands for over 2,000 years; and we don’t want to trade paradise for an environmental refugee camp.
- Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed
Considering the gravity of the situation we can’t have one part of the world that protects the planet and another that says no without reason.
- French President Nicolas Sarkozy
We have to agree on one objective – global warming must not exceed two degrees Celsius.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel
We have to move away from a society that is obsessed with consumption and consumerism.
- Prince Albert of Monaco
Our atmosphere can’t tell the difference between emissions from an Asian factory, the exhaust from a North American SUV, or deforestation in South America or Africa.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
- Bob Dylan
To change the world’s energy model is the most significant challenge facing humanity.
- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Science leaves us with no choice for inaction now.
- Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chairman
There are still powerful economic lobbies that diffuse incorrect information that suits their vested interests.
- Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, IPCC Vice Chair
We are still borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf to burn it in ways that destroy the planet, and that has to change.
- Climate campaigner Al Gore
We can either remain the world’s leading importer of oil, or we can become the world’s leading exporter of clean energy technology.
- US President Barack Obama