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Robert Downey Jr. announces initiative to address climate change

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“Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr., in an announcement Tuesday that had echoes of his Tony Stark persona, said he was launching a new initiative that will use advanced technology to fight climate change, Variety reported.

In his opening keynote for Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, the star said The Footprint Coalition will officially launch in April of 2020. Although he did not share details about how the tech would be used, Downey said he was in talks with “experts.”


“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Downey Jr. said. “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”

The initiative has launched a website, but as of Thursday it only hosts the option to sign up for a newsletter.

The announcement came at the end of Downey’s speech on artificial intelligence, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his own career, according to Variety. Downey described AI as technology that give him hope during his “quiet sense of crisis” about the environment.

“I’m a one-man carbon footprint nightmare colossus,” Downey said.

Downey is also producing a docu-series for YouTube with his wife, Susan Downey, about AI’s impact. It will feature scientists and experts in philosophy, engineering and medicine, among others, Forbes reported.

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