Arnie the en­vi­ron­men­tal evan­ge­list

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CANNES: Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger has four Hum­mers and likes noth­ing bet­ter than get­ting up at 5am to ride his Har­ley David­son to the beach for break­fast.

Yet The Ter­mi­na­tor star in­sists that should not stop him be­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal evan­ge­list.

“Sav­ing the planet is also about tech­nol­ogy,” the former Cal­i­for­nia gov­er­nor said.

Three of his Hum­mers run on hy­dro­gen, veg­etable oil and bio-diesel, and he’s hop­ing to put an elec­tric en­gine into the fourth.

“One day, we are go­ing to have hy­dro­gen-fu­elled planes. We can get rid of this dirty diesel to­mor­row.

“I hate it when en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism comes down to ‘you can’t do this and you can’t do that’. There’s a bad habit of sham­ing, guilt and fin­ger point­ing. ‘Don’t smoke this, don’t take a jacuzzi and don’t take a plane.’ Ev­ery­thing’s bad.”

Which is why

Arnie is giv­ing it an in­jec­tion of his leg­endary pumpedup pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

“We didn’t blame any­one when Sch­warzeneg­ger the young body­build­ing Mr Uni­verse was a pin-up of the ‘phys­i­cal fit­ness move­ment 40 years ago’. We didn’t say he’s fat or she’s got a big ass. We cel­e­brated the body.”

Now, on top of the global

R20 net­work of re­gional lead­ers he has put to­gether to fight cli­mate change, Sch­warzeneg­ger has got be­hind a new doc­u­men­tary at the Cannes film fes­ti­val.

“Won­ders of the Sea 3D will make peo­ple fall in love with the ocean. And if they love it, they will pro­tect it.”

“The oceans give us half the food we eat, and half the oxy­gen we breathe and we bet­ter pro­tect that. Seven mil­lion peo­ple die ev­ery year be­cause of pol­lu­tion.”

But even such apoc­a­lyp­tic statis­tics can­not sur­vive long in the heat of the Aus­trian-born star’s can-do charisma.

“Look, we can do it, we can save the planet with peo­ple power and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.” AFP

Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger

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