Green Cross’ Luc Hardy and Paul Walker spoke at the United Nations in New York on 14 September following a screening of Hardy’s film The Pursuit of Endurance, about his 2014 expedition to Antarctica and lessons for climate change and the Paris COP21.
“Being able to do this unique screening on the eve of the opening of the 70th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly was a true honor,” said Hardy. The film’s next screening will take place in Geneva, during the International Conference for a Green and Inclusive Economy.
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From left to right: Luc Hardy, Sibylle Eschapasse (Présidente de l’Association des Français Fonctionnaires Internationaux de New York), Paul Walker (Director, Environmental Security and Sustainability, Green Cross International), David Porter (Atmospheric and Oceanographic Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Columbia University) — Photos by Denis Assalit
The objective of the 2014 expedition to the sub-Antarctic islands of Elephant, South Georgia and the South Sandwich was to bring attention to the fragility of the highly endangered Antarctic ecosystem, and to improve understanding of that continent’s remote expanses.
“We deal with a lot of environmental issues at Green Cross, but the one that ties us all together is climate change,” said Walker. “This really is about the need for behaviour change of the entire human race.”
The event was held under the High Patronage of His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, who introduced the event. Hardy and Walker were also joined on the panel by David Porter, atmospheric and oceanographic research scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Columbia University. The three held a lively Q&A session after the film, taking questions from adults and kids in the audience of over 600 people.
The event was webcast and can be viewed on UN TV.
For more, read Luc Hardy’s blog.