Excerpts from Barack's speech at the UN Climate Change Conference today.
Our generation's response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it – boldly, swiftly, and together – we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.
The security and stability of each nation and all peoples – our prosperity, our health, our safety – are in jeopardy.
...the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.
I will work with my colleagues at the G20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies so that we can better address our climate challenge.
We know what needs to be done. We know that our planet's future depends on a global commitment to permanently reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
So let us begin. For if we are flexible and pragmatic; if we can resolve to work tirelessly in common effort, then we will achieve our common purpose: a world that is safer, cleaner, and healthier than the one we found; and a future that is worthy of our children. Thank you.