John Kerry roasted for hoping Putin would still fight climate change

Former Secretary of State John Kerry has taken a beating on social media for hoping Russian President Vladimir Putin would “stay on track” in the fight against climate change after he invaded Ukraine.

Speaking to the BBC in Arabic, Kerry worries that the Russian invasion of Ukraine would distract the world’s attention from the fight against climate change.

“Massive consequences on the shows of the war, but just as important, you’re going to lose people’s attention,” Kerry said. “You will definitely lose the attention of major countries because they will be diverted, and I think that could have a detrimental impact.”

Kerry added that he hopes Putin recognizes the damage climate change has inflicted on his own country and “stays on track” to combat it.

“So, you know, I hope President Putin would realize that in the northern part of his country they were living on – 66% of a nation that was on frozen land. Now it’s thaw and its infrastructure is in danger and the Russian people are in danger,” he said.

“And so I hope President Putin will help us stay on track in terms of what we need to do for the climate,” he concluded.

Kerry wasn’t the only public figure to mention climate change in the wake of the invasion.

“It’s almost like TV programming. As soon as the #ChineseOlympics were finished, #Putin start war on Ukraine to keep our eyes on the communist world,” tweeted actress Bette Midler. “But the greatest story in the world is #Climate change. What good is more territory if you can’t breathe the air or drink the water? »

Critics immediately slammed Kerry for mentioning climate change at a time when Ukraine is facing a full-scale invasion by an aggressive neighbor.


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