UK PM Boris Johnson: Covid-19 pandemic has proved the ‘gloomy scientists’ have been right all along on ‘climate change’
A climate change skeptic in the past by his own admission, Johnson said that the Covid-19 pandemic has only proved that the “gloomy scientists” have been right all along. The U.K. Prime Minister, who will host COP26 later this year, said every country needed to commit to substanital reductions by 2030.
“And I absolutely convinced that we can do it by making commitments in four areas—coal, cars, cash and trees.”
“We still cling with part of our minds to the infantile belief that the world was made for our gratification and pleasure and we combine this narcissism with an assumption of our own immortality,” Johnson said.
“We believe that someone else will clear up the mess we make, because that’s what someone else has always done. We trash our habitats again and again with the inductive reasoning that we have got away with it so far, and therefore we will get away with it again.”
My friends, the adolescence of humanity is coming to an end. We are approaching that critical turning point, in less than two months, when we must show that we are capable of learning, and maturing, and finally taking responsibility for the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves. It is time for humanity to grow up. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, U.K.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that for him the summit in New York had to instill a sense of urgency on the dire state of the climate ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties in November. Terming it a “code red” for humanity, Guterres pushed for progress to be made on three fronts: keeping the 1.5 degree Celsius warming target in reach, delivering the promised $100
“We are weeks away from the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, but seemingly light years away from reaching our targets,” he said.
With the added support of increased private capital and from other donors, we’ll be able to meet the goal of mobilising $100 billion a year to support climate action in developing nations,” Biden said in a speech laden with calls for multilateralism and cooperation among countries.
“China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy, and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad,” Xi said in a pre-recorded video. “This requires tremendous hard work, and we will make every effort to meet these goals.” “We need to improve global environmental governance, actively respond to climate change and create a community of lif
Last year, Xi had pledged that China would achieve carbon neutrality by 2060—an announcement that had pleasantly surprised world leaders.