“We are fighting for our lives, it is unacceptable to overshadow the climate challenge. We need a solidarity pact or it will be collective suicide”
‘‘We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot pressed on the accelerator”. Thus the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke at the opening of the COP27 on the climate that officially started today in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. ” We are losing. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, ” Guterres said, ” we are fighting for our lives. ” The UN secretary general then stressed that ” global temperatures continue to rise. And our planet is rapidly approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible. ”
This is why climate change is the “defining issue of our age” and the “central challenge of our century”. To put it on the back burner would be “unacceptable, outrageous and counterproductive”, added Guterres, explaining that many of the current conflicts are “linked to growing climate chaos”.
The UN secretary general asked ” a pact of solidarity for the climate ”. Because “either we reach a pact of solidarity for the climate or we have a collective suicide pact”. What he hypothesized is therefore “a pact in which all countries make an extra effort to reduce emissions this decade in line with the 1.5 degree target,” said Guterres. “A pact in which the Richer countries and international financial institutions provide financial and technical assistance to help emerging economies accelerate their transition to renewable energy, ” he added.
The one proposed by Guterres is therefore ”a pact to end dependence on fossil fuels and the construction of coal-fired power plants, phasing out coal in OECD countries by 2030 and everywhere by 2040 ”. It will therefore be “a pact that will provide universal, accessible and sustainable energy for all. ” And according to the United Nations Secretary-General it will be” a pact in which developed and emerging economies unite around a common strategy and combine capabilities and resources for the benefit of humanity “.
“Human activity is the cause of the climate problem. Human action must be the solution” is the appeal of Guterres who, in particular, asked the ” developed countries to take the initiative ”. And he addressed “all the G20 countries”, which “must accelerate their transition now, in this decade”.
Because “the science is clear: any hope of limiting the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees means achieving global net zero emissions by 2050 ”, he remarked, stating however that ”we are dangerously approaching the point of no return”.