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Arnold Schwarzenegger says global warming isn't sci-fi

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, climate change warrior. Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Some people won't listen to politicians when they warn about global warming.

Some won't listen to scientists either. They wouldn't listen if those scientists were cyborgs from 2029, warning them what's going to happen.

But perhaps they'll listen to a politician who's also a cyborg from 2029.

As The Guardian reports, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been co-opted onto a team that includes the ever-greater and ever-better to speak about global warming.

He appeared on Tuesday at the first Summit of Conscience for the climate and said: "I've starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction. This is a battle in the real world. It is impacting us right now."

An overwhelming proportion of scientists agree that climate change is a vast problem. There are politicians, though, who don't agree at all.

Schwarzenegger doesn't want to hear any arguments -- even from those of his own party. He said: "I believe the science is in. The debate is over and the time for action is now. This is bigger than any movie, this is the challenge of our time. And it is our responsibility to leave this world a better place than we found it, but right now we are failing future generations."

But don't we always fail future generations? Don't they always express their own superiority while still young and bemoan our ignorance, our fecklessness and our grave mental torpor?

Can any collection of politicians, philosophers, spiritual leaders and cyborgs persuade everyone of the urgency involved? The pope has already declared he is behind action against the troubling trends.

Schwarzenegger insisted that the 40 billion tons of carbon emissions that we send up on high cause millions of premature deaths. He explained that weather events are becoming ever more extreme.

His comments were a presager to a world climate change meeting at the end of the year in Paris.

Will his words make a difference? Will anyone listen to former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and leaders of so many of the world's religions?

Perhaps when it's a little too late.