Arnie the environmental evangelist
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