United States Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center on Thursday, March 12, 2015 about importance of the 2015 Conference of the Parties (COP21) climate change negotiations. 

“We need to face reality: There is no Planet B,” said Kerry.

Kerry added: “We will see whether or not we can muster the collective political will to reach an ambitious, comprehensive agreement [in Paris]. If we fail, future generations … will judge our effort, not just as a policy failure, but as a collective, moral failure of historic consequence. And they will want to know how world leaders could possibly have been so blind, or so ignorant, or so ideological, or so dysfunctional, and, frankly, so stubborn that we failed to act on knowledge that was confirmed by so many scientists in so many studies over such a long period of time and documented by so much evidence.”

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