UN Secretary-General’s Stark Warning: The UN Secretary-General said during a climate meeting of world leaders that by allowing the climate issue to worsen, humanity has “opened the door to hell.” Even if some significant leaders abstained from the conference for a variety of reasons, the forceful criticism of wealthy countries and the fossil fuel industry for their role in deepening the climate calamity received harsh criticism.
On Wednesday, António Guterres opened the United Nations Climate Ambition Summit in New York. Addressing the issue, he highlighted that wealthy nations and the fossil fuel industry for continuing to pursue self-interest in spite of the devastating effects of climate change. He advised to act immediately on the matter. He also emphasized the necessity of providing the impoverished and vulnerable nations with the promised climate finance. Guterres stressed the pressing need for wealthy countries to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, a goal that, according to recent United Nations analyses, is no longer on pace.
Peace is not only a noble vision for humanity.
Peace is a call to action.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 21, 2023
Many of the world’s poverty ridden nations are fair to be not happy about the current situation, he added. They are incensed that they contributed the least to the climate problem and are therefore suffering the most as a result. They are upset that the promised financial assistance has not arrived and that the rising cost of their recuperation.
The globe is “decades behind” in making the switch to clean energy, according to Guterres. The future of humanity is in our hands, he said, urging governments to turn away from special groups making money off of fossil fuels. We must speed up, change gears, and alter our course.
The UN extended invitations to more than 100 world leaders to take part in the Climate Ambition Summit and hailed them as “champions of climate ambition.” Leaders like France’s Emmanuel Macron, India’s Narendra Modi, and the United Kingdom’s Rishi Sunak, who have come under heavy fire for their nations’ failure to achieve net-zero emissions, were noticeably absent. Their absence, according to Kelly Sims Gallagher, dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a former adviser to the White House, “is an example that we are not taking the urgency seriously enough.” They would all be present right now if we were serious. It’s alarming.