Business leaders, policymakers and UN officials tell us why the care about combatting climate change and why you should too.

Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme

The longer you delay action, the more expensive it becomes.

David Nabarro, UN Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition

“Inaction on climate change will greatly increase the numbers of people who are hungry and malnourished in our world. Therefore we must act now.”

Helena Molin Valdes, Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat at the UN Environment Programme

“Climate change touches upon all ways of live today and it’s gonna be worse tomorrow if we don’t do anything today.”

Joan Clos, Director of UN Habitat

“Good urbanization can be a really positive preventor of climate change.”

Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization

“If we don’t act on climate change it means that we are sort of living at the expense of what we shall leave to our children.”

Rachel Kyte, World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change

“The cost of inaction is much higher than the cost of action to build low-carbon and more resilient development.”

Durwood Zaelke, President and Founder of the Institute of Governance & Sustainable Development

“If we don’t find an efficient and fast way to start solving it, we will pay a price that we simply cannot afford.”

Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative for the Secretary-General’s Initiative Sustainable Energy for All

“The countries that pollute the least will suffer the most on the business-as-usual scenario.”

Mark Boling President of the Southwestern Energy Company

“It’s a story of a challenge for all the human race to get involved in and do something about.”

Dr. Nural Quadir –  Government of Bangladesh

“Not only me, my country people as well, they care for the environment.”

Nigel Purvis, CEO of Climate Advisers

“The benefits of action overwhelm any possible cost.”

Romina Picolotti, President of Fundación Cedha (Center for Human Rights and Environment)

“My message is: Do whatever you can, small or big, to help us fight against climate change!”

Brendan Guy of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council Global Fellow

“I care about climate change because it affects every single issue that we care about: health, economy, education, our children”

Dr. Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute

“If we act on climate change we actually will have more productivity, we’ll have better health and the world will be altogether better.”

Andrew Deutz, The Nature Conservancy

“Climate change is perhaps the greatest long-term threat to biodiversity conservation but it’s also perhaps the greatest social justice challenge of the 21st century.”

Jennifer Morgan, The World Resources Institute

“So these things that people want to do anyway, I think there is a greater realization that they can have the benefits and the quality of life that they want and tackle climate change at the same time.” 

Jeffrey Horowitz, founder of Avoided Deforestation Partners 

“If we can stop deforestation we can find a scalable solution to climate change and we can use that as a way of bridging the gap between what it takes to do other changes in our behavior.”

Michael Jacobs, Senior Advisor of Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in Paris (IDDRI)

 “Acting on it brings us all kinds of good things. It brings us jobs, livelihoods and profits.”