Yesterday, with an all-out media blitzkrieg, former Secretary of State John Kerry and former California Governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and a group of high profile leaders from business, entertainment, the military and politics launched a campaign called “World War Zero” to mobilize Americans and people around the world to tackle climate change the same way a previous generation came together to fight the 20th century world wars. They plan to unify a disparate coalition of Democrats and Republicans, business leaders and environmental advocates, experienced statesmen and youth activists, men and women, military leaders, diplomats, and progressive activists to fight climate change together.
Why This Matters: This is the most powerful group of leaders to mobilize yet — and leadership on this issue right now is in short supply. The U.S. government is failing, and the latest polling shows that the American people want to see this issue addressed. According to the Pew Research poll released late last week, a majority of Republicans believe that policies addressing climate change hurt the economy and don’t have a beneficial impact on the environment, but Millennial and Gen Z Republicans are about evenly split. Democrats and young people have a lot of convincing to do. Chuck Todd asked whether talking about climate is enough? We must get climate change more into the public conversation as a first step, but actions must quickly follow.