Celebritology 2.0 - James Cameron on the special edition of 'Avatar,' eco-conscious DVDs and BP
When I do my next film, we’re going to go much farther than we did in terms of running a green set. You know, look at a typical film set. There’s thousands of plastic water bottles that are used in a given week and that all needs to be revisited. Honestly, the truth is, we have to revisit almost every part of our lives and our existence over the next few years. Energy consumption, I think, being the biggest one. Energy and global warming are interlinked issues obviously, and global warming is going to take us out long before plastic pollution. Don’t get me started on that. I just got back from a two-day renewable energy conference in Aspen and it’s grim trying to get the needle of policy to move. You’re there in D.C. You see what goes on there. You see the paralysis of our leaders, even when there’s a Democratic majority. It’s still paralyzed.
...And the only way that’s going to happen is for people to realize that carbon is a pollutant and it’s a pollutant that’s going to affect, not only the quality of our lives, but it will cause the destruction of 50 percent of all species on this planet by the end of the century. And people need to wake up to that. We've got to get these climate deniers out of the way. I mean, I’m talking about the paid disinformation campaign. People have to wake up to the fact that they’re being lied to. Then we’ve got to take action.
But you know, the leaders in Washington, they can’t do anything without a mandate from the public and right now they don’t have it. So the Waxman-Markey bill and [Sen. John] Kerry’s attempt to have an energy bill, it’s not going to go anywhere until we have a strong public mandate. And we don’t have that right now. So, I don't know, maybe guys like me that work in media can something about that. It’s difficult, but we can’t give up hope.