Actor and environmentalist Robert Redford said he’s optimistic that President Obama will act on climate change, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“He’s lightly touched on this as an issue, that it’s unfortunate that it took a storm of such consequence to draw the attention that could’ve been drawn by the candidates on the campaign trail,” Redford said. “Now I’m hopeful that [Obama] is going to take what his words were and put some teeth behind them.”
The academy award-winning actor said average citizens are the ones that can make changes, not the government.
“It’s been tied up for so long, it’s been bottled up for so long, it takes awhile to undo things,” Redford said. “Particularly when you have elements still in play there that are living in the 1950s. And their points of view are so narrow and so ideologically driven that it’s not likely you’re going to see much change there. As a matter of fact, it might provoke them to be even more contentious. So I guess I put my hope more in the people, not so much in current government.”
“The Beltway is a very complicated and troubled place,” Redford added.
THR reports that the newly announced Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability will begin academic offerings in the fall of 2014 and will be located on 11 acres of the Claremont campus. The school’s news release said the curriculum will “prepare students to create solutions for the most challenging and urgent sustainability problems.”
Redford spoke at a press conference unveiling the conservancy.
“I’m really excited about the idea that — before it’s too late for Los Angeles — that something could be set aside or set up that would not only honor what was and what could still be but also honor the young people coming into the world,” Redford said.
Redford, an Obama supporter, said Americans will have to keep pushing congressional members and Obama on climate change and sustainability.
“This last election was pretty scary for awhile,” Redford said at the press conference. “I’m obviously biased in terms of being happy that we got through it to where we did — but that doesn’t mean it’s the end. That doesn’t mean ‘OK, quit and go home.’ It’s really kind of a beginning.”