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Jerry Brown channels Yoda and Virgil in reflections on climate change

Jerry Brown is not one to eschew customs.

After arriving in Stuttgart on Tuesday to meet with his counterpart, Winfried Kretschmann, the minister-president of Baden-Württemberg, Brown left a Yoda-like communication: “Getting the carbon out, we make a better world.”

When Brown arrived at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Democratic governor was rushed in front of a blue backdrop for pictures with Parliament President Antonio Tajani, an Italian politician, before being whisked upstairs to sign the guest book.

A cheery greeting wouldn’t do, particularly given his increasingly dire warnings about the health of the climate and fate of the world. Brown opted for a quote he attributed to the Roman poet Virgil: “Ad astra per aspera.” That translates roughly to “Through hardships to the stars.”

The guest book, it seems, is going to be a thing. On Wednesday, he’ll be asked to sign at least one more.

In Brussels, where Brown returned today, he was in an elevator that was supposed to be going down, but went up. His mind on catastrophe, including nuclear disasters that he considers up there with climate change as a threat to humankind, he sighed: “That can happen with missile launches, too.”

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