The World Government Summit is taking place in Dubai right now.
The annual meeting, which hosts over 150 countries, invites governments from all over the world to open a dialogue discussing futurism, technology and innovation which this year has been attended by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
The summit is in full swing at the Souk Madinat, and a speech about climate change made by US actor Robert De Niro is causing massive debate.
He's here to help combat climate change
From hurricanes to droughts, millions are suffering. Climate change is a real threat. #ItAffectsYou. Robert De Niro takes part at the #WorldGovSummit to help combat climate change and its impact on humanity during our Climate Change Forum. Stay tuned. pic.twitter.com/masOhemUpN
— World Gov Summit (@WorldGovSummit) February 6, 2018
He wants to improve sustainability
“I feel at home at #Barbuda & I want to be a part of the solution. These places have virtually no #carbon footprint but face the consequences. We need to build #sustainability” - Robert De Niro, Academy-Award winning Actor, Director & Producer @worldgovsummit #itaffectsyou pic.twitter.com/3CKpsAM2er
— MoCCAE (@MoCCaEUAE) February 11, 2018
He spoke to a crowded room and slammed the American climate change policy
He thanked the UAE for their sustainable work and said the UAE is an example to the rest of the world, which was warmly received by the audience.
However his comments about the US are causing much debate on Twitter..
In the speech he also said “I flew here last night from a backward country” ... “It is a place where science once reigned. It has been replaced by ignorance."
This got mixed reviews...
While some agree
Climate change needs to be a bipartisan issue. It’s ridiculous that republicans try to deny it.
— Alisha???? (@SassyEconomist) February 12, 2018
Others feel his speech was pointless
Who is Robert De Niro.....? And who cares....?......ha
— Truth is Eternal (@TE201544) February 12, 2018
And they're not holding back
Ouch...Mainly because they think celebrities should keep their opinions to themselves
Here’s another celebrity giving his political opinion: pic.twitter.com/wvwlKZGSnG
— IAmATidePod-EatMe (@xwordmark) February 12, 2018