Singer Mick Jagger spoke out recently against President Donald Trump’s environmental policy and his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
“We are in a very difficult situation at the moment, especially in the U.S., where all the environmental controls that were put in place — that were just about adequate — have been rolled back by the current administration so much that they are being wiped out,” the Rolling Stones frontman said.
“The U.S. should be the world leader in environmental control but now it has decided to go the other way,” he added.
Jagger made the comments during the Venice Film Festival where he is promoting the film “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” in which he plays an art collector, CNN reports.
The Trump administration has rolled back a number of policies introduced during former President Barack Obama’s administration aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Apart from leaving the Paris pact, the President’s administration has likewise weakened fuel economy standards, replaced the Clean Power Plan and opened public lands and waters offshore to oil and gas drilling.
Jagger also voiced his support of activists who staged a sit-in at the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet to demand a ban on large cruise ships in Venice. “I’m absolutely behind that,” said the 76-year-old rock star.
“I’m glad they’re doing that because they’re the ones who are going to inherit the planet,” he continued.
Jagger’s comments were backed by actor Donald Sutherland, who blasted Trump, Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“Mick is right when he said the reforms that were instituted during the Obama administration were barely adequate, and now they’re being torn about. It’s the same in Brazil and they will be torn apart in England,” Sutherland said.
“When you’re my age, when you’re 85 years old and you have children and grandchildren, you will leave them nothing if we don’t vote those people out of office in Brazil in London in Washington,” the actor added. “They are ruining the world. We have contributed to the ruination of it, but they are ensuring it.”