UK PM JOHNSON, GUTERRES PLEAD FOR STRONGER CLIMATE ACTION

UN SECRETARY GENERAL ANTONIO GUTERRES HAS WARNED THAT COMMITMENTS FROM THE MAJORITY OF COUNTRIES ON LIMITING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS WOULD RESULT IN AN INCREASE OF 16 PER CENT, RATHER THAN A DECREASE OF 45 PER CENT BY 2030.

GUTERRES’ COMMENTS CAME AFTER AN INFORMAL ROUNDTABLE ON CLIMATE ACTION, TO ADDRESS MAJOR GAPS ON EMISSIONS TARGETS AND CLIMATE FINANCE, AND THIS WAS DURING THE 76TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN NEW YORK.
HE WARNED THAT UNLESS COUNTRIES “COLLECTIVELY CHANGE COURSE,” THE UPCOMING UN CLIMATE SUMMIT, COP26, WOULD BE AT HIGH RISK OF FAILURE.
GUTERRES MADE AN IMPASSIONED PLEA TO LEADERS OF INDUSTRIALIZED, EMERGING ECONOMIES AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO TAKE STRONGER ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE, ADDING, “EVERYBODY MUST DO THEIR JOB.”

STILL ON THE SIDLINES FROM THE UNGA 2O21, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON SPOKE ABOUT HIS OWN COUNTRY’S COMMITMENTS TO CLIMATE ACTION, BUT ALSO ENCOURAGED DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO MOVE AWAY FROM COAL-POWERED ENERGY, SAYING “YOU CAN DO IT.”
AT THE SAME TIME, HE ACKNOWLEDGED THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD’S ROLE IN CREATING THE CLIMATE CRISIS.

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