Expressing concern over global warming, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday advised all global leaders to declare climate emergency in their respective countries. He said, this is the best way to overcome the rapidly deteriorating situation.
On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, Guterres said, “We are living in a dramatic emergency.” Is there anyone who can deny this? We need to be alert to this danger bell. In order to curb the terrible situation of climate change and global warming it is necessary that we declare climate emergency in our countries till we reduce carbon emissions.
Over 70 global leaders were listening to Guterres at the one-day virtual conference. Guterres said, in the wake of the Corona epidemic, packages introduced for economic recovery in many countries have the opportunity to move towards curbing carbon emissions in the future. But at the same time cautioned that this is not happening fast enough. So, it needs to be serious.
Guterres said, so far the G20 member countries have spent 50 per cent of their relief packages in areas related to fossil fuel production and consumption. This is not acceptable at all. The trillions of rupees that we are spending in the war with Corona are actually sharing the money we have kept for our future generations. We cannot use these resources to create policies that will be passed on to the future generations. We must give the coming generation a safe planet to live in.
Britain, co-host of the summit, announced on Friday that it would resolve to end direct government support for foreign fossil fuel projects. Its purpose is to inspire other countries to make such changes to move faster towards clean energy. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested all countries to work together to end their dependence on fossil fuels.