Pharrell Williams and environmental advocates Philippe Cousteau and Sylvia Earle joined local students at an event held at United Nations Headquarters today to celebrate the International Day of Happiness and highlight the importance of tackling climate change.
“You should know that happiness is your birthright. That’s reaction to something, or someone, or a moment. And you have a birthright and you have access to that as long as you’re breathing.”
Williams spoke to the children gathered, telling them that happiness is their “birthright.”
Marine Biologist Sylvia Earle ask the kids
“What is the future you want? Think of the happier planet. A happier world. There are things that everyone can do to make a difference. Well, I’ve been an explorer ever since I was three years old and everyone starts that way and I hope all of you will stay that way.”
Phillippe Cousteau showed films about his conservation work and said..
“One of the scariest things that I think of climate change is that all of our predictions have been too conservative. The world is changing more rapidly than any scientific projections. For example, Arctic’s sea ice has melted faster than even most conservative scientific predictions. And the Arctic is the air-conditioning unit of this planet. May not seem important on the day like today, but in the middle of the summer when it is 95 degrees out you’ll remember.”
The aim of the Happy Party is to drive supporters to sign the Live Earth Petition, rallying 1 billion people to demand world leaders commit to tackling climate change at the summit to be held in Paris in December and make climate action a global priority.
Photos by: Luiz Rampelotto/EuropaNewswire