Hollande compares environmental damage to terrorism in push for climate change deal

French President Hollande says mankind must “face up to their responsibilities”, two weeks after Paris attacks

VALLETTA, MALTA (NOVEMBER 27, 2015) (HOST BROADCASTER POOL) – French President Francois Hollande said on Friday (November 27) that was the duty of mankind to reach an agreement on climate change, comparing environmental damage to the the threat of terrorism.

“Man is the worst enemy of man,” he said during a summit in Malta “We can see it with terrorism. But we can say the same when it comes to climate — human beings are destroying nature damaging the environment, it is therefore for human beings to face up to their responsibilities for the future generations. And we want to destroy terrorism, and for a number of weeks I’ve been travelling the world in order first of all to call upon the EU countries, but also all of the countries impacted and for which terrorism is relevant. It is because we are all defending our vision of mankind.”

Hollande was speaking to a working session of 53 countries at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, a grouping of former British colonies. It comes three days before his own country hosts a United Nations summit on global climate change in Paris, and two weeks after that city was hit by devastating attacks claimed by the Islamic State.

The leader thanked “all the countries which already provided their support in the past few days,” including Britain’s proposal to enter the air war against Islamic State in Syria currently before its parliament.