If you don’t know who this is, you need to get out more often [Image: Getty].

He may be the quiet man of Hollywood, but Harrison Ford wasn’t holding back when he referred to the Trump administration at a conservation event last week.

Mr Trump’s record on environmental protection since he entered the White House is a disaster in its own right, as this National Geographic article lists.

Mr Ford is not impressed – and he made his displeasure clear at the Conservation International awards ceremony.

The organisation has recently launched what is said to be the largest tropical forest restoration project in the world – a move which trumps Donald in a single stroke.

Harrison Ford got political on Thursday night at 3Labs in Culver City when he was honored by Conservation International, a nonprofit environmental group he has been involved with for 26 years.

“We face an unprecedented moment in this country. Today’s greatest threat is not climate change, not pollution, not flood or fire,” Ford said during his acceptance speech of the Founders’ Award. “It’s that we’ve got people in charge of important shit who don’t believe in science.”

He went on to criticize those politicians who let “political or economic self-interest denigrate or belittle sound scientific understanding of the causes and effects of human pressure on the environment.”

Ford serves as executive vice chair of Conservation International, which celebrated its 30th anniversary at the event. The group aims to protect nature and specifically focused on a ‘No Forests, No Future’ theme at the gala, highlighting the Amazon rainforest and its importance in addressing climate change.

“I’m here tonight for one reason: I care deeply for the natural world. It’s not about me, it’s not about me at all, it’s about this other world we’re going to leave behind,” the actor said. “If we don’t stop the destruction of nature, nothing else will matter. Jobs won’t matter, our economies won’t matter, our freedoms and ethics won’t matter, our children’s education and potential won’t matter, peace, prosperity. If we end the ability of a healthy natural world to sustain humanity nothing else will matter, simply said.”

Ford has been deeply involved in the environmental cause for several decades, meeting with lawmakers, businesses and communities to discuss how to improve conservation policy and practices.

“Other than my family, doing this work has been the most important thing of my life,” he said. “Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature.”

Source: Harrison Ford Goes After Trump Team While Accepting Environmental Honor | Hollywood Reporter


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