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John Kerry launches 'World War Zero' climate activism coalition

John Kerry launches 'World War Zero' climate activism coalition

Former Senator and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryBiden soars as leader of the free world The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds MORE (D-Mass.) is launching a new bipartisan coalition of world leaders and celebrities to push for an active strategy against climate change on Sunday.

Dubbed "World War Zero," the activist group's goal is to unite "unlikely allies with one common mission: making the world respond to the climate crisis the same way we mobilized to win World War II," according to its website.

Headlining the group are former presidents Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up Trump's remaking of the judicial system MORE and Jimmy CarterJimmy CarterCan Biden vanquish Democrats' old, debilitating ghosts? CNN acquires Joe Biden documentary 'President in Waiting' French radio station mistakenly publishes obituaries of celebrities MORE, former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and John KasichLeonardo DiCaprio, Sting and Ashton Kutcher, the New York Times reports.

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In total, there are over 60 founding members in the coalition. 

In an interview with the Times, Kerry said that the coalition will hold town hall meetings around the country beginning in January. 

"We’re going to try to reach millions of people, Americans and people in other parts of the world, in order to mobilize an army of people who are going to demand action now on climate change sufficient to meet the challenge,” Kerry told the paper.

Following the coalition's official launch Sunday, diplomats will gather in Madrid on Monday for global climate negotiations meant to strengthen the 2015 Paris Agreement.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE is expected to withdraw the United States from the accords next year, which will make the U.S. the only country in the world not a part of the accords.

Additionally, a report from the United Nations this week showed that the world's richest nations are not doing enough to combat climate change, the Times reports. According to report, carbon emissions from China and the U.S., the world's largest polluters are increasing instead of decreasing.