Actor and former governor of California-turned environmental activist Arnold Schwarzenegger cycled through Paris on Monday as part of an effort to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Wearing a suit and green tie, Schwarzenegger was filmed cycling through the streets of Paris before meeting the city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo and speaking at a climate change event.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rides a bike through the streets of Paris before speaking at an environmental summit: "It doesn't matter that Donald Trump backed out of the Paris Agreement" https://t.co/eerXBKcHZp pic.twitter.com/xHXy2ng2kz
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Schwarzenegger was attending the events partly in response to Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement signed under Barack Obama, claiming that it was unfair to the United States.
“It doesn’t matter that Donald Trump backed out of the Paris agreement, because the private sector didn’t drop out, the public sector didn’t drop out, the universities didn’t drop out, the scientists didn’t drop out, the engineers didn’t drop out. … No one else dropped out,” Schwarzenegger was quoted as saying.
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“Donald Trump pulled Donald Trump out of the Paris agreement, so don’t worry about that,” he continued. “We at a sub-national level are going to pick up the slack and continue on. We will fight and we will create the kind of future for our children and grandchildren because that is our responsibility and no one will stop us.”
Schwarzenegger, who governed California as a Republican, has called for a “grassroots revolution” to continue the battle against global warming, and in August launched his project that aims to give local legislators a blueprint on how to pass climate change legislation without federal approval.
The former Terminator star has also become a prominent critic of Trump, previously declaring he wanted to “smash his face” and urging Ohio Gov. John Kasich to run against him in 2020 Republican presidential primary.