U.S. actor and Conservation International Vice Chairman Harrison Ford, left, shakes hands with Japan's Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto during a reception hosted by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund on the sidelines of the meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) in Nagoya on Tuesday. In a speech, Ford, 68, said pressure on political leadership was needed to save forests, oceans and rivers that are home to nature's rich diversity of species underpinning livelihoods. "One of the reasons I've come is because I want to urge the United States government to sign the treaty," he said, referring to the Convention on Biological Diversity that went into in force in 1993, which the U.S. has not ratified. Ford has had the ant species Pheidole harrisonfordi named after him in a nod to his work as a conservationist.© Japan Today
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