UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned world leaders today that it is “not too late” to tackle climate change, but time is running out.
“Climate emergency is a race we are losing but we can still win. The climate crisis is caused by us and the solutions must come from us. We have the tools: technology is on our side, ”Guterres told dozens of international leaders as he opened the Climate Action Summit, which is taking place today at UN headquarters.
Seen as a breath of fresh air on the Paris Agreement reached in December 2015, the summit convened by Antonio Guterres has already paid off. Responding to Guterres' call 66 countries subscribed to the principle of carbon neutrality in 2050, pledging not to produce more greenhouse gases then than they can absorb. So far only about twenty countries (Portugal was the first) had done so.
The announcement was made this morning at United Nations headquarters in New York, but even that has not taken the skepticism of activist Greta Thunberg, the young Swedish woman who has been known worldwide to strike in her country against the government's inaction in the fight against change. climate change. She was invited to speak at the summit and what she did was to ask world leaders how they dared to steal her dreams and childhood.
Greta Thunberg spoke of the scientific evidence on climate change, species extinctions and ecosystem destruction, and accused world leaders of talking only about money and economic growth. "Change will come whether you like it or not," he said. And world leaders applauded her.
The summit precedes the UN General Assembly and dozens of heads of state and government are present. The President of the United States, who has said he does not believe in the human influence on climate change and has announced the departure of the Paris Agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions on climate, signed by 195 countries, attended the meeting. where the summit takes place but only for a few moments, even if not even expected.
At a summit marked by the absence of other countries such as Australia or Brazil is the presence of China or India, two major world economies and major producers of greenhouse gases.
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that $ 500 million of rainforest protection programs will be set up by the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and Conservation International.
Macron has promised that France's last coal-fired power plants will be shut down by 2022 and praised Russia, which announced today the ratification of the Paris agreement.
"Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev has signed a government resolution on Russia's adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement," the Russian government announced on its official website shortly before the opening of the Climate Action Summit.
And at the United Nations but by videoconference Pope Francis called for "true political will" to address climate change, considering that global commitments "are still very weak."
Because of the lack of action by political leaders in the United States, environmental activists rallied today in Washington, responding to the call of a movement that aimed to "block" the US capital to denounce the climate crisis and lack of action. .
The Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement has placed a small boat blocking a street to symbolize sea level rise that, according to XR, threatens the US capital, which is lapped by the Potomac River.
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