‘We’re facing a mass extinction event,’ claims Bob Geldof
Live Aid founder and activist Bob Geldof has warned that the human race may be extinct within 15 years because of climate change.
By Rebecca Burn-Callander, Johannesburg
2:26PM BST 03 Oct 2013
“The world can decide in a fit of madness to kill itself,” announced Bob Geldof at the launch of the One Young World summit in Johannesburg. “Sometimes progress may not be possible.
“We’re in a very fraught time,” he added. “There will be a mass extinction event. That could happen on your watch.
“The signs are that it will happen and soon.”
Sir Bob, wearing his trademark sunglasses, addressed 8,000 One Young World delegates from 190 nations across the world in Soccer City, Johannesburg last night. He is a counsellor for the organisation, which hopes to inspire and create the next generation of global leaders.
The Live Aid founder and one-time Boomtown rat announced that his generation has let down the young people of today. “My generation has failed more than others. You cannot let your generation fail. The next war will not be a World War 1 or a World War 2, it will be the end.
Attendees shouted and blew on thousands of vuvuzelas as Sir Bob added: ” We may not get to 2030. We need to address the problem of climate change urgently. What are you going to do about it? Get serious. Some of the nations that arrived here so proudly will not be there to meet us.”
However, the singer tried to inject a note of positivism into his gloomy predictions. “Just because you may not believe that progress is possible, that should not prevent you from trying for it,” he said. “The alternative is finality.
“We need to be more human. Less Irish. Less Cameroonian. Less Chinese. Less Russian. More human.”
However, Sir Bob then disappeared down a philosophical route that baffled most of the audience, many of whom do not count English as a first language. “The ordinary trouble of ordinary days doesn’t seem to matter much,” he sighed. “We are in the great existential age of our humanity. We somehow feel we’ve missed something’s that’s greater than ourselves and we don’t know what it is or how to find it.”
He finished his address apologising for being “bloody miserable”. “Just get on with it,” he told delegates, before leaving the stage.
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