As George Clooney attended the Britannia Awards on Saturday night, he was following the news about Typhoon Haiyan with a heavy heart.
On Friday, the massive typhoon slammed into the eastern seaboard of the Philippines. With winds of up to 235 miles per hour, Haiyan is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. The death toll is thought to be at least 10,000 in the central Philippines.
“It’s terrible,” said Clooney on the red carpet. “And it’s headed towards Vietnam and we’ll see what happens there. It’s a terrible disaster.”
The “Gravity” actor hopes fellow celebrities will do everything they can to raise money for typhoon victims, as they did for Haiti following their devastating earthquake and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
“We did the Golden Globes a week before we did the Haiti telethon and we were able to sort of rally some troops around and we’ll see what goes on from here and see what we’re able to do,” he said. “It’s just happened a day ago so we’re figuring it out.”
While there is no way to know if global warming caused the typhoon, the 52-year-old actor said that denying the existence of climate change is “ridiculous.”
“Well it’s just a stupid argument,” Clooney told reporters at the event. “If you have 99 percent of doctors who tell you ‘you are sick’ and 1 percent that says ‘you’re fine,’ you probably want to hang out with, check it up with the 99. You know what I mean? The idea that we ignore that we are in some way involved in climate change is ridiculous. What’s the worst thing that happens? We clean up the earth a little bit?”