From: Jérôme CARTILLIER [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2015 01:51 PM
To: Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel Pool Report #6
President Obama spoke for about ten minutes during the First session of COP21. Main quotes below.
(Potus now attending a lunch hosted by French president Hollande which is closed press).
“That future is one that we have the power to change right here right now but only if we rise to this moment”
“I've come here personally as the leader of the world's largest economy and the second largest emitter to say that the United States of America (…) embraces its responsibility to do something about it”.
“We've broken the old arguments for inaction. We've proved that strong economic growth and a safer environment no longer have to conflict with one another. That should give us hope”.
“Let's secure an agreement that builds in ambition where progress paves the way for regularly udpated targets. Targets that are not set for each of us but by each of us, taking into account the differences that each nation is facing”.
“We know the truth -- that many nations have contributed little to climate change but will be the first to feel its most destructive effects”.
“I believe in the words of Martin Luther King Jr that there is such a thing as being too late. When it comes to climate change that hour is almost upon us.
“But if we act here and we act now, if we place our own short term interests behind the air our young people will breathe, and the food that they will eat and the water that they will drink and the hopes and dreams that sustain their lives, then we won’t be too late for them”.
“The knowledge that the next generation will be better off from what we do here -- can we imagine a more worthy reward than that?”
“Passing that on to our children and our grandchildren so that when they look back and see what we did here in Paris, they can take pride in our achievement”
“Let's get to work”.
AFP White House Correspondent
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