UN Secretary General António Guterres has continuously warned of calamitous events should we remain complacent.
The world continues to experience the deadly spread of climate breakdown related events including wildfires, flooding, torrential rain and drought causing thousands of deaths. UN Secretary General António Guterres has consistently warned of the consequences of a failure to tackle the climate crisis and so have climatologists. Though more concerning, is the complacency of world leaders in the face of such adversity.
The United Nations’ General Assembly is underway. Key focus is expected to be on the climate emergency, with many wondering what action global delegates will be asked to account for. As the UN is a forum, delegates are not legally obligated to comply, though, the climate danger is growing out of control and many are beginning to look to both their personal finances and legacy.
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The recent IPCC report made several recommendations highlighting the trepidation of oncoming disasters should we not heed its findings. The UN Secretary General once again told of the dangers but drew hope from its conclusion: “The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was a code red for humanity. But it also made clear that it is not too late to meet the Paris Agreement 1.5-degree target. We have the tools to achieve this target. But we are rapidly running out of time.”
Speaking in New York alongside world leaders including the UK Prime Minister, he said:
“Saving this and future generations is a common responsibility,” in a press briefing to journalists.
More work needs to be done, especially in the face of increasing challenges that include discontinuing the use of coal and fossil fuels as well as switching to eco friendly packaging. Many leaders claim to be pushing for change, though in the background are bankrolling a climate catastrophe.