Obama from Martha's Vineyard: ‘Climate Change…Is a Genuine Existential Threat That We All Face’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 17, 2016 | 11:09 AM EDT

President Barack Obama golfing on Martha's Vineyard on Aug. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(CNSNews.com) - Speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at a private home on Martha’s Vineyard on Monday night, President Barack Obama said that climate change “is a genuine existential threat that we all face.”

“Despite the extraordinary work that we’ve done in mobilizing 200 nations to, for the first time, tackle climate change in a comprehensive, aggressive way, we’ve still got a long way to go before we’re out of the woods on that one,” Obama said, according to a White House transcript. “And that is a genuine existential threat that we all face and, more importantly, our children and our grandchildren face.”

The Associated Press reported that people attending the fundraiser paid between $10,000 and $33,400.

“This is a group that has been extraordinarily fortunate,” Obama told them, according to the White House transcript.

“By definition, if you are here, you’ve had a blessed life, and your kids have been bequeathed and your grandchildren have been bequeathed extraordinary good fortune,” he said. “But as fortunate as you are, if we have a society of growing inequality, if we have a world where oceans are rising and droughts and famines are common occurrences, and millions of people are being displaced, and refugees are trying to find refuge someplace and crossing oceans and dying because they have no choice--all of us will be poorer for it.

“This will not be the kind of world that we want for our kids and our grandkids,” Obama said.