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President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations on climate change, calling it the biggest threat of our time.

Video: President Barack Obama Addresses the United Nations on Climate Change


President Barack Obama did not invoke tribes directly during his address at the United Nations Climate Summit this week.

But he didn’t have to. Climate change’s effects are currently so pervasive that they affect everyone. In fact, this “urgent and growing threat” is affecting everyone, as he said in his speech. And there was the reference to the march, which was kicked off by indigenous groups as those both in the forefront of climate change, and as purveyors of potential solutions.

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Neither did he pull any punches.

"For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week—terrorism, instability, inequality, disease—there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other,” he started off by saying, “and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate."

He also acknowledged the part that the United States plays in the climate chain.

We recognize our role in creating this problem; we embrace our responsibility to combat it,” he said. “We will do our part, and we will help developing nations do theirs. But we can only succeed in combating climate change if we are joined in this effort by every nation—developed and developing alike. Nobody gets a pass.”

After Leonardo DiCaprio’s stirring speech in the opening ceremony earlier, Obama exhorted nations to work together on this problem.

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Obama's full address is below.

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