Harrison Ford has urged the US to invest in conservation in a new interview with the BBC’s Laura Trevelyan.

Video: Harrison Ford: 'Humans need nature'.

In the interview, the actor – alongside Conservation International Chief Executive Officer Peter Seligmann – talks about how the lack of water and food in developing countries could become a national security issue for the US.

“It puts such stress on some of the most fragile nations in the world,” he says. "We’re all interconnected. For example, a simple lack of fresh water can lead to population dislocation, which can lead to political radicalization, which can lead to great pressure on the states that receive refugees because of a migrating population.

""It’s a lot cheaper to intervene before it becomes a national security issue," Mr Ford said. “Every dollar that we spend on international conservation comes back to us.”

When asked why it is so important to him so personally, Ford replied “I’m human, I have children, I’m interested in their futures. I’m interested in nature in many many ways. And I’m also interested in the moral responsibility of human beings – to each other, to themselves, to the future.”

To watch the entire interview, click here.

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