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Harrison Ford is imploring voters to elect leaders who will take action on climate change rather than make it a divisive issue.
The 78-year-old actor, who is a long-time environmental activist, tells TIME that it’s imperative for those in power to view climate change as a scientific reality. “The climate crisis is real—the weight of scientific evidence is overwhelming…but evidence can be ignored, it can be manipulated,” he says. “Leaders who choose to make climate change a divisive issue do it to protect the entrenched economic interests who profit from behavior that destroys our planet. It’s selfish. It’s short-sighted. It needs to stop…This s— is going to kill us.”
In a new short film released by Conservation International on Thursday, Ford, who is vice chairman of the environmental nonprofit’s board, delivers a voiceover in which he discusses why prioritizing nature and science is more critical than ever. “The necessary foundation of our lives is a vital healthy natural world—our source of clean water, food and a stable climate,” he says. “We’re watching that foundation crumble.”
He goes on to urge people to support companies that value human lives over …
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