A number of major world leaders, such as the United States President, Donald Trump, won’t be participating in the United Nations climate summit in New York today. The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has said that countries that are willing to propose ideas to combat the climate crisis will be the only ones that can attend. Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Australia are among those that won’t be taking part in the summit.
Motivated by ardent youth
The special summit arrives just a few days after millions of passionate individuals around the world played their parts in the climate strike inspired by young activists. Some of the demonstrators – such as Swedish teen Greta Thunberg – will be addressing the delegates at the summit.
Scientists have recently pointed out that the indications and effects of climate change have hastened. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) noted that the volume of carbon dioxide entering Earth’s atmosphere has risen by roughly 20 percent compared with figures from 2009 to 2014.
Professor Brian Hoskins, chair of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London, and professor of meteorology at the University of Reading, said, “We should listen to the loud cry coming from the schoolchildren”. He further commented, “There is an emergency, one for action in both rapidly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions towards zero and adapting to the inevitable changes in climate”
Organizer of the summit, Secretary General Guterres, says he anticipated that “a number of meaningful plans on dramatically reducing emissions during the next decade, and on reaching carbon neutrality by 2050” would be laid out at the summit.
Guterres is pushing for the reduction of fossil fuel usage and coal-fired power plant developments after next year. Around 60 leaders supposed to take the podium and present their plans.
“People can only speak if they come with positive steps. That is kind of a ticket,” says Guterres. “For bad news, don’t come.”